[Become Unshakeable] Minimalism and Stoicism-inspired Challenges To Cure Your Fear of Discomfort and Failure - Practice The Worst-Case Scenario With Me And Make Yourself Resilient

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How do you become Unshakable and someone who is not afraid of discomfort and unknown, and someone who is not a slave to his loss-aversion?

A simple answer would be to practice.

Practice discomfort and your dreaded worst-case scenario.

This will show you that it's not as bad as you thought it might be, and in fact, you can realize it's enjoyable (or is that just me?).
Your tolerance to discomfort will expand and you'll learn to become a rock.

And that's where this regular Stoic and Minimalism-inspired challenges come in.

Last time we looked at food and how eating something plain can prepare you for bad times.

This Weeks Topic

Last challenge was easy so we can get a fast and easy win.

Though this week I will challenge most of you for a bit more discomfort you are used to.

And it will involve sleeping.

In particular the surface we're sleeping on. I wrote an extensive piece on this the other day so check that out for more information and why certain sleeping surfaces are better for your health and why modern beds are killing you.

Though health benefits are not actually the main reason behind this challenge.

The main idea is to make your body resilient to change.

Being able to sleep anywhere on anything is one of the key benefits of this challenge.
Let's say you lose your job and then can't afford to pay rent. So you have to move out and sleep on the floor at friends house, or even outside.

Well, after completing this challenge you'd be ready for it and you'd not fear it as you know your body can handle it.

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This Weeks Challenge

This week, I challenge you to sleep on a sleeping surface that's not your normal bed (or whatever you sleep on).

Sleep on the floor.

You can put down a yoga mat or two, a camping mat, few blankets or if you're hard-core just sleep straight on the ground.

Do it for a day though preferably three days.

If you think that's too hardcore sleep on the couch, inflatable mattress, an armchair or a pop-up bed.

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My experience

I slept on the ground for 6 months straight and if someone offered me a bed I firmly refused.

Well, as long as it involved only me sleeping on that bed :D.

I slept in different places while living a homeless lifestyle, from bathrooms, bus floors, rocky surfaces, nature, etc.

Now I know I can sleep anywhere very comfortably.

So will you take on this challenge and obtain this amazing special ability that any super-hero can only dream of?

Make yourself accountable and comment below when, where and how long you'll do this challenge.

I am sleeping on the ground again as I'm doing a bit of traveling to different festivals and visiting friends on the way.

Keep getting awesome guys.

And if you want more information about other benefits and some science behind sleeping on the floor, check out this post I wrote

If you want to know how I modify my Images, check out my post about a tool I created

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Interesting stuff. Followed! I love thriving on the minimum. I also love strength. Last summer I had no money for a gym membership so I set up a freegym in the parking lot at the back of the apartment where I was staying. It consisted of a 4x6 board and 9 cinderblocks. I have some videos of some of the workouts on my steemit blog. I will probably post more too.

Oh nice, that sounds awesome. And thank you :).
Did you also do some calisthenics?

I'm a lot into bodyweight and gymnastics-inspired training so I use rings a lot and then lots of movement (games, puzzles, dancing, bouldering puzzles, etc.).

So now you have a gym membership or?

And how do you thrive on minimum right now (last few months)?

Hey sorry for the late reply... yeah I incorporated handstand work for shoulders as well as pull ups and front lever practice on a beam. I also worked on L-sit to handstand support for core.

I thrived for years by walking and biking.. until I saved enough money to buy a car for cash. I rented rooms for 180/ month with college students and cooked rice for dinner :)

I do have a gym membership now because I really enjoy the barbell and dumbbell, I think they are a great inventions to achieve previously impossible loading patterns.

I like your lifestye :)

You might even be better stoic than me :D

Im adding you to my steemvoter, i hope you start posting more.
I havent slept in a real bed, much, since '08.

So what do you sleep on most of the time?
Or what's your favourite surface?

I might post more but I also seem to got rheumatoid arthritis so it hurts so much to type.

But I'll try. Maybe I'll write about my shroom trip.
Though I want to grow a new account about design, too.
We'll see :D. I'll try though posts I love to write abut don't get much response and as it hurts now to even write I'm reluctant to write.

Hopefully I'll fix that soon, though.

Been in a tin tent for most of the last three years.
Sleeping surfaces like to be flat,...

I bet they got a talk to text program, free, but you got to ask the right person.

If you don't save your history, who will?
Now that we got the interwebz we don't have to fade away, if we are found again.

My mushroom trip was something, I know what kaleidoscope eyes are now,...

Haha, awesome :). Love it.

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