Happy New Year! If you are reading this post, then you care about leadership. If you care about leadership then you have set some semblance of goals or resolutions for 2021. I would like to offer some thoughts for you to consider focusing on strong behaviors instead of resolutions that will go a long way to … Continue reading It’s the New Year … Now What?
365 days at 36.5 degrees started April 23, 2020, and I have not missed a day of cold exposure to date. I started this venture because I wanted to track the positive effects of cold exposure I knew existed from my training as a Wim Hof Method instructor, but I wanted to do it with … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: What Are You Using It For?
I’m not Pollyanna, I’m not overdoing looking at the glass half full, and I’m not trying to fit a square peg of happiness, gratitude, and thankfulness into the round hole of current day reality. I love Thanksgiving and what it stands for, for me and my family. And for us it stands for fun, happiness, … Continue reading Yes I Am Thankful!
When I conduct Wim Hof Method breathing and cold exposure workshops, I always ask the participants beforehand who has tried to meditate and who simply can’t seem to get it right. Overwhelmingly, those who have tried to meditate acknowledge they struggle with it. One reason for this, in my experience, is because people have a … Continue reading The Struggle to Meditate
Combat is the ultimate expression of consequence. If we don’t do things right in combat, we run the risk of experiencing one, or all, of the following unacceptable outcomes: Mission failure, injury, or death. Perhaps this seems a little extreme when we include this with things like emotions and being a good Dad. But is … Continue reading Emotions, Combat, and Being a Good Dad
“Know your why!” We hear that advice a lot and it’s true, you should know why you are doing something. But sometimes we get a little, how should I say, overly philosophical about this question. “What is your ‘why’ in life?” Wait. What? That question is a little much for a Tuesday morning as you … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: Who VS Why?
Young SEAL trainees are introduced to all sorts of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. I fared pretty well at those challenges at BUD/S training. I could run and swim fast, do a lot of pullups, pushups, and flutter kicks, and didn’t particularly mind the cold water. However, there was one area early on that had … Continue reading Action as the Default Mode of Operation
Another common question, “When should I do the ice bath?” There are several answers to this. From a physiological standpoint, the benefits of the cold for your system can last up to five days. But, like anything else, true benefits don’t come with this infrequency, so I don’t recommend once every five days. However, the … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: When Should I Do the Ice Bath?
As a former Navy SEAL, FBI Special Agent, and SWAT operator, I’ve fired countless rounds of ammunition from weapons. That type of repetition produces a certain amount of muscle memory to be sure, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But does an established muscle memory mean I can stop concentrating, or being in the … Continue reading The Impact of Multi-tasking: Do One Thing Well or Two Things Poorly
“How long should I stay in?” is one of the most common questions I get when I talk to people about ice baths. It’s a fair question and I’ll give you an answer. But before I do that, I want to address which poisonous element can’t be included in the answer: Ego. Ice baths are … Continue reading 365 Days at 36.5 Degrees: No Ego, Just “Let Love Rule”