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The Dam of Pleasure

If you want to use well your rational part of the brain, and apply delayed gratification, think about your ability to delay gratification as a dam.

  • If you keep it open, the river of minor pleasures passes in any instant under your gates, and you get used to it.
  • If you close it, the river will make the level of water grow, until it becomes a magnificent full dam. If you open then your gates, the pressure of the water will astonish you, as the pleasure you will get from the delay.


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The Pleasure Withholding’s Path

You need to use the rational part of your brain and persuade yourself to renounce easy gratification in the present, so you can have greater satisfaction later. And since you delayed the pleasure of the marshmallow for the moment, reward your fatigue with twice t...


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The Marshmallow Experiment

A significant amount of literature links those topics, but it all started with the Marshmallow Experiment: a study led by Walter Mischel in 1972.

This experiment was simpl...


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Two Choices

Discipline is a goal you can reach over two paths:

  • Pleasure withholding
  • Unpleasant habits.


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Choosing the path of discipline

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


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The Unpleasant Habits’ Path

Do you know what makes people successful? Healthy habits performed every day.

  • Make the habit so simple you can’t say no. Let it involve the smallest effort, so it doesn’t considerably change your life in the beginning.
  • Use the 5 Seconds Rule. S...


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Delayed Gratification

.. is when you trade your present happiness with a greater amount of happiness in the future.

  • Most religions discovered that it is a virtue to delay your pleasures, and saving up on resources.
  • Delayed gratification, or sacrificing today for a better tomorro...

What Is Delayed Gratification?

What Is Delayed Gratification?

Delayed gratification is being able to trade your present happiness for a greater amount of future happiness and if you’re anything like the rest of humanity, you’re probably terrible at it. We live in a world with soaring consumer debt, rising rates of drug addiction, worsening mental health, an...

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  •  You're building habits all the time.
  • Be the architect of your habits, not the victim of them.
  • Your results are a lagging measure of your habits.
  • There is a mismatch between our ancestors...


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