I believe in experiments. For the longest time I struggle with questions like "will I like working out in the morning?" "should I start meditating?" "what do I want to do with my life?". These are questions we can never really answer through thought experiments, we need to try it out. Whether it's 30 days, 30 weeks, or 30 months - an extended period of time will help you determine if it fits. At the end of it, you decide: ADOPT or DROP?
but most of all,
The 4.30am experiment
GOAL: 30 days of waking up at 4.30am:
Complete a workout
RESULT: It was a revealing exercise in will power and how the body acclimates to new experiences. The first few days were absolutely grueling. I was incredibly tired and there was a constant inner voice that yelled "GO BACK TO BED!". As the days gone by, the pain between my eyes tapered off and my inner voice stepped into the background. They didn't disappear, I've just taken the power away from it, but I still have to stare it down once in awhile. I've decided to ADOPT this practice as a routine. Read more in my posts!
The cold shower experiment
GOAL: 30 days of taking cold showers in the morning
PROGRESS: I’ve always been fascinated ever since I read about Wim Hof a few years ago - aka the Iceman. Now I’ve taken up this challenge to see what it is like to face the shower head in the morning knowing that I’ll be blasted with cold water. It’s winter in Minnesota, with negative degrees outside, not that it really matters. Let’s do this.