I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t have any secrets to tell you. What I do have are anchors that have guided me through rough patches. I had a suspicion that they were helping me before this fever dream of a year. Now I’m sure of it.

Now I get to share them with you. They’ll work. Or they won’t. Either way, if you follow my advice or not, it’s going to get better. For this too will pass.

Before we get started: Stop reading now if you’re looking for a quick fix.

Life is hard. A great life consists of body, soul, and mental commitment. If you’re not committed to destroying negativity in your life right now, this won’t work for you.

Breaking my normal patterns of behavior has always led to breakthroughs. Whether that be a breakthrough idea or a breakthrough with my fitness or mental acuity.

Here’s how to destroy all the negativity destroying your life right now.

Challenge your brain with new concepts you would not pursue, in an otherwise normal world

Read these books:

The Simulation Hypothesis An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics, and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game.

A compelling new way to think about reality: This one has shaken my perception of reality to the core. The early chapters are a bit laborious as the author sets the stage via his experience in the video game industry. Stay for his theory of everything – we’re in a simulation, and nothing is ‘real.’ Cue the Twilight Zone theme.

If you hate reading, download the audiobook.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientists Personal Journey

A beautiful way to think about our brains, and our perceived reality, and our attachment to our ego driven, thinking mind. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylors TED talk was riveting. Her transformative experience (a stroke) told elegantly, and with compassion. Her story is both compelling and a bit terrifying at how fragile life really is.

Again – If you hate reading, download the audiobook.

Challenge your preconceived notion of entertainment, and stop (ok, slow down) your binge-watching of Netflix. Do this instead.

Instead of Netflix, listen to these podcasters:

  • Lex Fridman: I discovered Lex via the Joe Rogan Podcast. He’s an AI researcher working on autonomous vehicles, human-robot interaction, and machine learning at MIT and beyond. His thoughtful and introspective approach to his interviewing has me addicted to his podcast. If you’d really like to push your boundaries of reality, watch this episode with Joscha Bach.  Joscha is the VP of Research at the AI Foundation, previously doing research at MIT and Harvard. He takes a deep dive in the simulation hypothesis, which I’m a bit obsessed with lately. I love listening to people like Joscha and Lex riff on ideas.
  • Eric Weinstein – MD Thiel Capital, Math genius, Host of The Portal Podcast, and (in my opinion) one of the most dynamic and fascinating minds of our century. He’s raging against the academic machine and creating some of the most compelling and original podcasts. Watch the podcast where he describes meeting Jeffrey Epstein.

In Lex’s most recent podcast, he interviews Andrew Huberman a neuroscientist at Stanford. In the podcast, they speak about the Neuroscience of Optimal Performance. Addictive talk.

Which leads me to:

Challenge your body with new workouts you would not pursue, in an otherwise normal world.

For exceptional results, you need to do exceptional things. Modifying fitness regimes during stressful times can squash your need to punch someone in the face.

Map your workout the day before. Start working out with a trainer, or at a Crossfit box, who can help with programming, or program your own workout the day before. Deviating from this workout should be non-negotiable. I repeat – NON-NEGOTIABLE.

Andrew Huberman says:

“Neuroplasticity loves a non negotiable contract.” Stating that the “brain is doing a great deal of work analyzing duration, path, and outcome.” Asserting that “the more that it can pass off to reflex, the more time attention and energy it can allocate to other things.”

Once you decide to do that workout and make a promise to yourself that it’s non-negotiable. All you have to do is, just go. People tend to get caught in their heads about which workouts to do. If you make it non-negotiable, theres no worries, no stress, and no negativity about missing your workout – because you won’t miss it.

So challenge a friend – 100 pushups a day, for 30 days. Not negotiable. Shake on it. Don’t quit. It will get easier each day.

Challenge your work from home grind. Enhance your environment with things you would not buy, in an otherwise normal world.

Grab these essentials for your desk right now:

  • Boyata Laptop Stand Positioning my laptop camera higher is much more flattering. It’s also nice getting my laptop off my desk.
  • Lume Cube Video Conference Lighting Kit: I was skeptical. Yet the results have been pretty amazing. Get it. No Matter how self-conscious you feel about lighting yourself at work. You won’t regret it.
  • YSAGi Multifunctional Office Desk Pad: I spill things. All sorts of things. This helps with that. If you spill things too. Get it. It looks great too.
  • Surefoot massage ball: Like a stress ball. Yet, feels 1 million times better on your hands or massaging your forearms. Sooooo good on the forearms.

Challenge yourself and try something different that will benefit your mind and body. All from the comfort of …your shower?

You read right. Your shower. The next time you’re in the shower and completed your normal bathing routine, flip the faucet to cold. All the way. Stay under that water for 30 seconds. I like to count out loud. I promise, 30 seconds is much longer than you think it is. Breathe. It gets easier the colder you get. Promise.

The benefits of cold plunge showers are myriad. They include improved circulation and heath health. It’s also been medically proven to reduce inflammation and reduce DOSM (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Cold therapy can also help with managing stress, and the winter blues. A 2007 research study determined that cold plunge showers can stave off symptoms of depression. If done daily it can be even more beneficial than most prescription medications.

Cold showers can also make you look better, by reducing pore size, and tightening your skin. Cold water also stimulates hair follicles, leading to thicker and faster growing hair.

Finally, my Father’s last words to me were: “keep up the good work.” Shake off the negativity, and choose to encourage someone today.

I wish you peace health and prosperity.

-Chris

By Chris Dessi

Chief Revenue Officer, Diamond Standard, Co.