Human potential describes the ability of us, as humans, to improve ourselves to become a not-yet-realized state of whatever we can imagine for ourselves and our societies. Human potential is usually thought of on a global or species-wide scale, though each community may have different views of what our limits may look like. However, we can only approach human potential through individual action and dedication, pushing ourselves to test against our physical, biological, and mental limits, seeing what are true limitations and what are just self-limiting beliefs or restrictions that can be worked around with ingenuity and determination. Nurturing curiosity—an open mind with self-reflection—leads to the attention, study, and practice required to realize the vision we set for ourselves.
Wim Hof has run marathons barefoot and shirtless above the Arctic Circle, dove under the ice at the North Pole and languished in ice baths for north of 90 minutes—all feats that he attributes to a special kind of breathing practice.
A Dutch extreme athlete, famous for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures, and breaking world records along the way, Wim Hof is a man on a mission. Millions swear by his simple, accessible exercises, known as the Wim Hof Method.
The Wim Hof Method comprises three components: breathing exercises, training your mindset and concentration, and gradual exposure to the cold. For my trial, I focused mainly on the breathing exercises (though did dabble with the cold exposure).
Disciples of 61-year-old Wim Hof climb mountains in bikinis and party barefoot in the snow. He tells Charlotte Edwardes how he turned the health benefits of ice into a lucrative business, with millions of followers—one ended up becoming his much younger second wife.