Today I loaded my phone with a new episode of impact theory for my hike up the mountain. Today`s subject was “the Iceman”. Wim Hof has an amazing track record:
- He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts
- Ran a half marathon above the arctic circle on his bare feet
- Swam 66 meters under a meter-thick Ice and could not find the opening because his retina froze and survived to do it again with goggles
This is just a few of his many world records in the extreme cold. He believes that everyone can tap into their potential and do the same – and he is teaching it to others.
If Wim Hof is right, we can do so much more than our beliefs give us credit for. If you ask people what they are most afraid of, they might say losing their job, but if that happened and they couldn’t pay the mortgage they would be more afraid of losing their house – until their husband got a lethal disease, then that would be worse.
Somehow, we seem to overcome our worst nightmares when they happen. Through the journey, we discover and develop new and stronger sides to our mind.
My 10-year-old daughter asked me if I was OK after a period of struggles during the start-up years of my company. I told my little girl that “it is during the hard times we learn how to handle struggles, grow as humans and develop our strength”. Her reply was: But Mom, how much stronger are you going to be?
Life is only as good as your mindset
When life is not teaching me lessons through struggle, I fuel on e-books, audiobooks and growth gurus on youtube to grow my mind. We grow or we die. I like learning and growing – expanding my mind to new possibilities and better versions of myself.
If Wim Hof is right, we can do more than mental training to face our fears. We can also do physical training like ice baths and climbing mountains without clothes in the winter to tap into our immune system and be our own alchemist’s.
I experienced using my mind to overcome a struggle in nature a few years ago. I broke my foot skiing on a mountain in Norway. The weather was terrible and there was no way a helicopter could fly me out. My friend helped me tape the foot to the right position, as it kept falling to one side – and we forced the shoe back on. I had made up my mind – I was skiing down that mountain.
Five hours later we reached the car and drove back to the city so I could get a casket on. The doctor did not believe me when I told him, but the x-ray showed a lot of grind bone to prove my story. The meditative state you go into to focus on what you need to do can certainly take away the focus from the pain.
I find that being in nature has the same effect on the troubled mind. Connecting to nature, listening to the birds, see the first flowers in the springtime, feeling the wind in my hear, feeling the freedom and the power in your feet when you climb the mountain is like taking a happy drug. After a hike, I am always ready to take on whatever the world throws at me.
When I reached the mountaintop today, I tried the Wim Hof breathing method. I will do it for a month and see what happens. Stay tuned 😀