Self-Discipline in 5 Sentences

Being Human
  1. Have a powerful reason — when things get difficult, “because it sounds nice” or “to look good” aren’t going to cut it.
  2. Start tiny, with a simple but unbreakable promise to yourself to do one small thing every single day.
  3. Watch your urges, and learn not to act on childish whims.
  4. Listen to your self-rationalizations, and don’t believe their lying ways.
  5. Enjoy the habit, or you won’t stay with it longer than a week’s worth of sunrises.



Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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