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The Science of Self-Discipline

The Science of Self-Discipline

Peter Hollins



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The Art Of Delayed Gratification & The Self-Dicipline.

The Art Of Delayed Gratification & The Self-Dicipline.

Gratification: — A sense of reward or gain.

Instant Gratification — Immediate benefit or reward. Or Reward for the short term, Less rewarding (mostly painful and regretful) In a long term.

Delayed Gratification — Less rewarding (painful) in a short term, full of Patience in the startbut full of benefits in a long term.


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Instant Vs Delayed Gratification.

Faced with a choice, Wake up now or snooze the alarm; have a healthy meal or order a quick junk food; make a conscious choice to drink a lot of water or leave it to your body to remind; prepare for tomorrow or rush later & so on.

We either opt for a thing which gives us quick results/instant gratification, or we have an option, to delay the gratification, a little pain today for more significant pleasures later.

And thanks to social media, we all are in love with instant gratification.


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The Importance of Self-Discipline

Choosing long-term benefits over short-term pleasure is at the heart of a self-disciplined lifestyle. You’re limiting your immediate pleasure in exchange for an even greater future pleasure.

In fact, delayed gratification is another way you can define self-discipline.

You suffer now for a specific outcome later, and it requires mental fortitude, pushing your boundaries, and doing more than you thought you could. Whenever you seek to delay gratification, you use self-discipline.


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The Marshmallow Experiment

A study conducted at Stanford University under psychologist Dr. Mishel in the 1960s explains a lot about why it’s beneficial to delay gratification. In the study, children were placed in a room with one marshmallow on a plate. The lead researcher gave the children an easy instruction: You can eat the marshmallow now, or wait 15 minutes and receive two marshmallows. The researchers found that the children who were able to wait for the second marshmallow without eating the first one scored higher in SATS exams, had better health, and were less likely to have behaviour problems.


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“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.”

"Discipline can seem like your worst enemy. But the reality is: discipline is your best friend."



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How To Achieve Delayed Gratification

The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment and the data collected following it prove that being able to delay gratification is a crucial life skill in order to be successful.

How to achieve it?

  • Think for a Long Term.
  • To-do list (on daily basis)
  • Go for a Social Media Detox or Dopamine Detox.


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AL-QURAN (13:24)

Now you understand why Allah (Almighty God) has given us

The Concept of Jannah?

"The ultimate reward for sabr (delayed Gratification) is Jannah"

AL-QURAN (13:24)


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Allah Hu Akbar

Why we should always go for Delayed Gratification :)


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