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The elegant secret to self-discipline

The choices of your Past Selves

You are currently experiencing the future of all your Past Selves. Their choices have come to fruition.

If you would like better fruits, make your Right Now Self into someone who, as a habit, rolls out the red carpet for Future Self.

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The secret to self-discipline

The elegant secret to discipline: valuing your future self as highly as you value your current self, at least long enough to get your Right Now Self to do the right thing.

The choices of your Past Selves

You are currently experiencing the future of all your Past Selves. Their choices have come to fruition.

If you would like better fruits, make your Right Now Self into someone who, as a habit, rolls out the red carpet for Future Self.

Catch yourself cheating

Recognize the moments when you’re about to sell out your Future Self: They often happen when you are in retail establishments and involve televisions or other gratifying electronic devices, high-fructose corn syrup and disposable packaging.

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 ... is the ability to regulate and alter responses in order to avoid undesirable behaviors, increase desirable ones, and achieve long-term goals.

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