The Daily Man-Up: The #1 Habit to Build Self Discipline and Resilience

July 2, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up

Skill, talent, ability, these are all useless unless paired with self-discipline.

Self-discipline is the fire that awakens you at 5am to get up and obliterate your heavy leg workout while it’s cold and stormy outside.

Skill won’t motivate you to get out of bed.

Self discipline is the drive that forces you to sit down and write 1,000 words per day even when you feel as if it’s the last thing you want to do.

Talent won’t make you sit in that chair and put pen to paper.

Over the years I have learned that it is no skill nor talent that’ll pave the way to the live I want to live, it’s consistency.

Consistency compounds your small, day to day wins over time.

Consistency requires self discipline.

The Cold Shower

I attribute the iron discipline I’ve built over the last 3 years to my daily cold showers.

There’s no hiding it, cold showers are uncomfortable.

Freezing cold water (especially in winter!) is uncomfortable and you’re willingly going out of your way to endure it.

The act of forcing your body to withstand the freezing cold temperature of the water gushing out of your shower as the tap is turned as far to the ‘cold’ side as possible is not only invigorating, but when performed daily will build both self-discipline and resilience.

The cold shower is one of several staple habits in my morning routine and I guarantee when you start your day with a 5 minute cold shower the jobs and annoyances you’ve been dreading doing won’t look so bad anymore, you’ve already won because you’ve conquered the hardest, most uncomfortable part of your day only moments after waking up.


The cold shower puts everything into perspective.

You no longer give up when it comes time to push out that final rep on your bench press, because you successfully endured a cold shower a few hours earlier that day which makes this last rep a breeze in comparison.

Writing 1,000 words a day is hard and the majority of the time you probably don’t feel like doing it, but you rose early that morning and took your 5 minute freezing cold shower which, without a doubt is harder and more uncomfortable than inking your thoughts on a notepad.

You know what you have to do, you know it’s going to suck but you grit your teeth and do it anyway. 

That’s what the winner does.

He knows what he plants now he’ll harvest later.

The loser complains and never steps foot in the shower. 

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