15 Ways To Become More Resilient

“Resilience” refers to the ability to recoil or spring back into shape after bending or stretching.

One way of becoming more resilient is to fast one random day of the week – so your body becomes more aware of what you are eating.

A lot of these points are part of Victor Pride’s 30 Days of Discipline.

Here are some ideas, based on my own experience.

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Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. – Benjamin Franklin

#1 – Get up at 5 am.

I used to think I was an evening person – as probably most people do.

There is a common vilification of the mornings, and our corporate environment might have something to do with it.

People don’t want to get up in the morning, because they dread ‘having to go to work’.

However, after going through Victor Pride’s program 30 Days Of Discipline, I have become used to getting up early. If possible by 5, latest by 7 am.

I am not feeling beat down when starting the day, just by installing a wake-up time of 5 am as a habit.

It is so great when the whole day is in front of you. You are indeed more resilient because you feel you are the first one on the field.

The later you get up, the more time is wasted in the morning and you feel like constantly catching up. Obstacles become much more pronounced.

If you are the first one up in the day, you tackle head on whatever is in your way.

#2 – Cold showers.

I know hardly anyone who enthusiastically wants to do them.

Once you get used to them, though, the benefits become apparent very strongly.

If you are doing a cold shower, you will not want to stay in there longer than necessary.

Another expression I often hear is that people “wake up” in the shower.

The danger of this is that you condition yourself to comfort, right from the get go.

Nothing wrong with being comfortable, however – it’s easier to deal with curveballs and obstacles in life when you have not embraced comfort at the beginning of the day.

In addition, I believe we are less likely to take risks if we start the day with a comfortable, warm shower.

Cold showers is a habit I picked up from Victor Pride’s 30 Days of Discipline as well.

Besides the benefits for your mindset, your physiology improves with cold showers, as mentioned at length in Mike Cernovich’s Gorilla Mindset.

Raising testosterone and lowering cortisol levels, boosting the immune system and work as a form of cardio, since your heart starts beating faster upon experiencing cold water, likely to warm your limbs.

Ever since I took cold showers, I have been significantly less fatigued.

And you know who else did cold showers? Spartan warriors.

#3 – Intermittent or polyphasic sleep.

This might be a way – several short naps over the day, for example, 4x 30 minutes every six hours.

It might be the best ever or worst on earth.

Maybe it’s even different from person to person.

Frequent naps, but overall shorter sleep times may condition your body to stay awake for a longer time.

This, in turn, may give you more stamina.

#4 – Enough sleep.

Conversely, we may become more resilient if we actually get more sleep.

Everyone probably has a different amount of sleep he needs. Studies suggest that this amount is genetically determined.

I have talked about the effects of sleep and different ways to sleep better in a previous article.

#5 – Sleeping on the floor.

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The floor is comfortable indeed.

I found that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Sleeping on a hard surface can actually feel quite invigorating…

Plus, several people report it can actually be good for your back!

#6 – Keeping a constant schedule.

Willpower is a limited resource.

In a psychological experiments, one group of people could only eat from a plate with broccoli while looking at chocolate, the other group was allowed to eat the chocolate. Afterwards, both groups were asked to solve a mathematical question. The ones who were allowed to eat the chocolate stayed longer with the problem before they gave up.

As a consequence, you want to automate your daily tasks as much as possible. The less you have to think about a specific task, the more energy you can expend on more complex and difficult problems.

Automated habits become executed within the Basal Ganglia of the brain. That leaves the rest of the brain to make more complex decisions.

David Eagleman, author of Incognito, talks about how our mind works. He also has a great TV show about the brain that you can watch on YouTube here.

#7 – Workout and pain.

The more you workout on a daily base, the more you can endure uncomfortable demands.

For this, it is crucial to really drive your workout exercises into discomfort or “pain” territory. Not the sharp pain that signals you might have an injury, but the dull pain that the mind uses to get you to stop exercising.

Because you get used to pain and discomfort, yet you also experience the great bout of happiness when you finish.

Also, the more muscles you have, the more active your metabolism becomes. More muscles equals more cells that utilize energy.

Plus, being in good bodily shape has a positive effect on your mindset.

If you are muscular or a great runner, would you really feel something may be too hard for you to endure?

#8 – No comfort food.

The less “easy” stuff you eat, the more you appreciate “normal” food.

In fact, your tolerance for sugar will be much lower.

If you are used to a lot of unhealthy, sugary food, honey will not make you feel good anymore.

But if you rarely eat any carbs, honey will just make your day.

#9 – Eating three meals or less a day.

Constant eating – unless for a specific athletic goal – is one way of getting into an entitlement mentality.

It can also plain simply make you addicted to eating. In the end, anything less than 10 meals a day and you’ll be unhappy.

If you, however, get used to only three meals a day, you will find that you can survive long periods without any food.

#10 – Vegetable juices.

At first, you will not like to drink vegetable juices.

You will prefer juices that have at least some sweets in it. Like Carrot-Apple-Ginger juice.

After a while though, you are fine with juices that are less sweet. And you train yourself to not needing the constant sugar high.

Physiologically, it also strengthens your immune system, and if you drink juices low on carbohydrates, contributes to loss of body fat.

Mike Cernovich has written a detailed guide on juicing.

It contains everything from the decision to buy a juicer via several dozens different juice recipes to practical advice if you juice on a daily base.

I basically used that guide to get into juicing myself and have never regretted it since.

Click here to view more details.

#11 – Having a goal you are passionate for.

If you taught yourself to love what you do, if you have a goal or a purpose you are really passionate for, small bumps in the road won’t matter as much.

#12 – Abundance mentality.

If you believe the world is an endless place of opportunity, then “negative diversions” are just seen as exactly that: diversions from the path you are on.

They won’t determine your well-being.

I think the biggest problem occurs when we think the ‘bad luck’ we experience somehow represents our overall path. Of course that is demoralizing.

If you are coming from a place of scarcity, every bump in the road will remind you of your imperfection and will forebode greater losses ahead.

If you have, however, internalized a mindset of abundance, obstacles basically confirm your ability to jump over them.

#13 – Tracking your progress

This is something that I personally underestimated, but ever since I am doing this, I feel much more relaxed and confident in reaching my end goal.

For example, look at this chart of my current body fat loss process. Do you notice how it goes up and down, yet the overall tendency is downward?

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Body Fat % (orange) over the last three weeks. Goal Line (Blue), Rolling Weekly Average (Green)

If you follow a specific diet, e.g. in my case the low-carb diet, you will have days when your body fat is not only not going down, but actually increasing.

On the long run, I know though that I am making progress.

Once you track your progress, you will see that lots of events in life don’t always go smooth, yet on the long run, you end up where you want to be.

#14 – Consistency

As described in the ‘Slight Edge‘, learn to follow your path consistently every day.

If you do that, you will always contribute to your goal, every day.

And here is another mindset change:

#15 – Focus on what you can control.

Getting a huge contract, taking home your dream partner, winning a competition… those are all outside events you have little influence on.

Focus on what you can do, every day.

Going out regularly (if you want to have a romantic relationship), working on your product every day (to sell it with great profit at one point) and contacting a lot of people (to eventually get a good contract), all the while striving for maximum effort – those are things you can control.

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What are your ways to become more resilient?

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