5 Reasons Why Cold Showers Will Make You More Successful 93

5 Reasons Why Cold Showers Will Make You More Successful

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The idea of taking a cold shower might seem unconventional, and to be honest, some people may even see this as a bit insane. Why on earth would you prefer to take a cold shower when a warm shower feels so much better?

In the past, people used to look at such people who prefer the cold as weirdos, but these days there is more and more evidence that suggest that cold showers have so many benefits.

People like Wim Hof, who have been featured on the BBC, National Geographic and other places have advocated cold showers for years. Tim Ferriss talked about his experience with cold showers in his books.

I can personally attest to the benefits of cold showers as I have been taking cold showers for the past year and it definitely influenced me in so many ways.

Here are five reasons how taking cold showers can make you more successful:

1. More energy and better focus.

A day should start with high energy if you really want to have a good, productive day.

People do many things to get themselves going in the morning. Some have a cup of coffee. There are others who’d rather just take a shower, but herein lies the problem.

Most people take a nice, steamy shower. I know this feels good, but it may not be the best thing to do for a successful morning.

Warm showers actually help the brain produce melatonin, which is a neurotransmitter that the body produces when the temperature drops; this leads to drowsiness, great before bed, but not something you would want to begin your day with.

What you want to do is shock the body into full inner-core heating, which you can do by taking () a cold shower. The body wants to stay warm, and the shock of the cold water puts it in hyper mode.

The energy comes from an increased blood flow as well as the release of epinephrine which is your body’s natural ‘energy drug’ it also helps you to focus more on the stuff you need to accomplish.

2. Makes you more resilient.


Let’s be honest, cold showers aren’t fun but neither does running a marathon (trust me, I know firsthand).

But it’s the feeling afterward that makes all it worth it!

These types of activities build resilience which is the perhaps the most important ingredient to success in any type of business and especially in competitive markets.

You don’t need that resilience to start, but when things get tough, and they always do, that’s what when most people quit and resilient people just keep going.

These several minutes you’ll spend under the cold water will build up the resilience that will spill over to other areas in your life.

3. Have better memory.

Cold showers can also improve your memory.

One study showed that a person’s overall alertness and memory retention is improved after introducing the body to cold water therapy for four months.

Some of the benefit stems from the body’s ability to clear out toxins and waste from the body, including the brain. This means that there will be more room for nutrients throughout the body, including the brain, which could explain this improvement. This should help you on your journey to success and help you retain more important at a time.

4. Be happier.

We know that a happy employee or entrepreneur can accomplish more than a depressed one, and a cold shower can help wash away negative feelings.

In fact, research published on the American Academy of Family Physician found that even minor levels of depression can kill productivity.

Better mood helps a person think a little more clearly because he or she will not be plagued with worries or thoughts of possible failure. In short, heading out to work should be more productive if you have positive thoughts on your mind, which a cold shower can help with.

One study found that exposing yourself to cold temperatures could stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This is mostly because the body needs to reestablish your mood and invigorate. The body shoots beta-endorphins and noradrenaline through the blood system, which can make a person feel happier.

These feelings are strong enough to last throughout the day, but you now hold the key to feeling good again if you need an extra push later in the day.

5. Less sick days.

If there’s one thing that absolutely kills productivity, it is sick lying in bed. The good news is that cold showers are here to help.

It’s a paradox as people associate cold with getting cold but not as far as cold showers go, they can actually keep you healthier and less sick.

When you take a cold shower, your body’s metabolic rate increases as your body is fighting back the cold by warming itself. The increased blood pumps freely through the body, all the regions that might be injured or sore should heal a lot faster. This process increases your white blood cells which are crucial for fighting viruses and bacteria.

In short, why lose valuable time in bed when you can use this time to pursue your career goals.

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This is optional but it works wonder for me and may work for you too.

Mediating, what’s meditating has got to do with cold showers? Well, I found out that it is much easier for me to mediate right after taking a cold shower than any other time of day. Even if I wait just couple of few minutes later I am procrastinating it and don’t do it.

There’s a great relieving feeling right after the cold shower, a kind of lightness that’s hard to describe. I feel that the best time to complement that relaxation by following with a short meditation.

After the shower, just grab a towel lightly dry yourself and sit cross-legged on the floor for a couple of minutes.

If you have a favorite type of meditation go for it or you could just do deep breaths for a couple of minutes. I personally do deep breaths as in the Wim Hof method.

A few minutes after the shower and the meditation, I also like to do a couple of burpees to get some more blood flowing throw the body, not rigorous workout,  just like 5-10 reps. Don’t worry you won’t sweat, your body will still be trying to warm itself.

Don’t go fancy, start just with the cold showers, get used to them first, then if you feel comfortable you could add the deep breaths afterwards and some kind of short physical activity like jumping jacks or burpees to get things going.

Final Tips

Cold showers are not for everyone.

If you suffer from any medical condition, heart problems, are pregnant or lactating, have had any medical issues or anything always talk with your doctor first and have their consent.

Cold showers can be stressful on your body, especially at first. If you want to start taking cold showers you should doing so gradually to help your body adapt to the initial stress, like just finishing off with 30 seconds of cold, gradually increasing the duration.

Over to you now. Have you tried taking a cold shoer daily? How did it feel?

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The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience

Providing a flawless customer experience is the ultimate goal for any business.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a customer experience that keeps your clients coming back for more. In fact, there’s so much involved that it can almost seem overwhelming.

However, providing a flawless customer experience becomes much easier when you approach the task through these five distinct elements:

Ownership of Emotions
The Unexpected


When it comes to your customers’ satisfaction, time is essential. Think of how a great experience at a new restaurant quickly sours if you’re left waiting for your food to arrive. Think of how your excitement over a great department store sale turns into frustration as you stand in line for what seems like hours.

Time is your most valuable resource and it is up to you to make sure you’re using your customers’ time wisely.

This is why restaurants have comfortable waiting areas with drinks and appetizers, or why airports have lounges with restaurants, shops, and even bars.

If your customers are being forced to wait for a service, make them feel as if their time spent is not wasted. The more positive drivers you offer customers, the less likely they are to grow dissatisfied with their experience.

Think of how you can implement this in your own business. Are there places where you can help fill customers’ time? Are there places where technology can be used to cut down on the time it takes to complete a task? Remember, it’s the customers’ time that should be valued, not your own.


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You must understand what your customers want, when they want it, and how.

While this may seem daunting, getting a better understanding of your customers doesn’t take millions of dollars, complex data analytics, and a degree in psychology. Instead, all it takes is a simple look. Watch their process, engage with them, ask them questions, and listen to them.  

How are customers interacting with your product? What’s the first thing they do when they enter your store? What’s the last thing they do before they leave? How long are they spending in each department? Do you notice anything that hampers their experience?

Take a look at your competitors. How are your potential customers interacting with them? What does this business offer that you don’t or vice versa? What is your, as Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen says, “job to be done?” What are your customers hiring your product or service to accomplish? Understand why your users are turning to your products.

Ownership of Emotions

Many companies have already taken hold of their customers’ emotions, though cynically. Subliminal advertising is a key example. However, the ownership of emotions does not have to be cynical. When used correctly, it can be the “holy grail” for companies.

Owning emotions begins with the aforementioned ability to understand. When you truly understand a customer’s choices and then act to make the experience better, you’re building a relationship of trust. That trust is the foundation of emotional ownership.

One way to build this trust is to reduce the “emotional” noise that surrounds your customers. Let them know that, even on their worst day, your business or product is there for them and that it will be a constant in their lives.

Think of restaurants and the long wait times you have to endure when they’re busy. Think of how angry—or “hangry”—you feel as you stand around, waiting for your table, and listening to your stomach growl. However, think of how some restaurants are able to reduce that emotional noise by serving you finger foods and drinks as you wait.

Also, seek to understand what emotionally motivates your customers.

Why should they be motivated to visit your store or use your product? To feel confident? Free? Unique? Secure? Successful? Research shows that all human beings are motivated by one of those factors.

The Unexpected

Experiences become stronger and more memorable when they’re accompanied by an element of surprise. Surprise can be addictive, which will only keep your customers coming back for more.

Think about mailing your customers or clients small packages with gifts and swag. Everyone loves to get mail and everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s least expected.

A surprise doesn’t have to be a huge flash mob (though it could be!). Hand out snacks at your store. Is it a cold day? Give your customers hot chocolate or warm punch. Is it a client’s birthday? Send a card! Even a small note of thanks for a customer’s business is a nice little surprise.

The most important thing to remember: simply be sincere and don’t become predictable. Chocolates on hotel pillows were once a great surprise for guests. However, now that their wow-factor has faded, hotels are continuously trying to get back to the “unexpected.”


You’ve made promises and established goals. The only thing that’s left is to follow through on them. This starts with creating your mission statement, one that you, your employees, and your customers can commit to it. This will define your customer experience.

Your mission statement must promise to impact yourself/your business, the community, or the world. It may commit to impacting one, or all three. However, whatever it promises, you must follow through on. Your customers’ trust, and thus their experience, depends on it.

More about these five elements can be discovered in Unforgettable: Designing Customer Experiences that Stick, to be published in 2018.

Kyle H. David has made a career in technology and entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he formed The Kyle David Group, now KDG. Over the past 16 years, KDG has grown at a rapid pace, attracting clients ranging from the United States Senate to major financial institutions, international nonprofits, and Division I universities.