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“Willpower is what separates us from the animals. It’s the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation – do what’s right and good for us in the long run, not what we want to do right now. It’s central, in fact, to civilization.”

- Dr. Roy Baumeister, Ph.D.


self-discipline at its core is nothing more than a promise you make to yourself. It's you vs. you and it starts with a commitment. Do YOU want it (whatever it is) bad enough that you are willing to commit to it? 

No? Keep looking for a strong enough 'why' until you find something worth your time.

Yes? Proceed at your own risk of actually succeeding at attaining your goal.

One small step

Few things in life happen because you're just so damn talented at it. Just like anything else, this skill is like a muscle. Weak at first, but start with just one pushup, one step, one word, one stroke, but just start.

Whatever it takes

Use little reminders and any tools available at your disposal to stick to your action plan. Sticky notes, apps, calendars, motivational posters, funny mugs, whatever it takes to stay the course.


Get my free Goal Setting worksheets

I liked the Headway App's structure to daily journaling practice but ultimately ended up with a more tactile pen and paper approach. 

Trip up but don't give up!

Everyone fails and everyone stumbles. Persevere and pick up where you left off. Don't give up, because your own self-worth is on the line here.

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