Building Self-Control One Cold Shower At A Time

For the past two years, I’ve been getting started every morning with a cold shower. For the first few months, I really hated it, and dreaded it.

Now that I’ve accustomed myself to the shock, it’s not so bad. It builds my self-control. It’s become part of my morning routine and I know I’ll feel better afterwards. “It doesn’t matter how I feel right now,” I tell myself, “I just have to get through a few seconds of pain.”

My cold shower rarely lasts much longer than a minute and only the first half is particularly painful, but by doing it, I get used to saying no to my natural inclinations and to discipline myself to do what is right. Even if I hate getting up early, taking that cold shower, and then walking to shul at 6 am, I do it because it’s good for me.

Self-control is a muscle. When you develop it in one aspect of your life, you will find it easier to exercise in other areas.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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