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Self-Discipline for Lazy People

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I'm gonna use your video in my Math lecture in the school of chemistry, I'm a professor in a Mexican University, in Monterrey. You're right about Self-Discipline.
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+Francisco Garza Thank you for sharing. Espero que ayude.
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Affirmations:  I gain confidence by doing what I say I am going to do.  I analyze my motivation before setting a goal.  I am willing to give up short term pleasure to accomplish my goals.  I am willing to sacrifice to accomplish my goals.  I remove temptations that distract me from my goal.  I am able to delay gratification to feel better about myself.  I set small bite size achievable goals.  I train my brain to be agreeable to my new habits.   I develop goals that are quantifiable.  I track my progress.  I map out and schedule my actions towards my goal.  I have a to-do list to avoid what is urgent but not important. I use the app "2Do" on my iphone to prioritize my to do list.  I set my timer app to set a 30/30 work cycle. I  focus for 30 minutes on my task and then take a break for 30 minutes. I enjoy the journey.  I check to make sure my goal is not ego driven.  I find what I love to do. I look for my passion.  I slowly stoke the spark of my passion to become the person I want to be.  
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Here is my summary and my notes on the video (for you guys): = Remove temptation for procrastination:    - Make TV etc. hard to reach (20 second > required, less likely you'll do it)    - Remove the temptation all together if you can. = Ability to delay gratification = self discipline.    - It takes time to self discipline yourself. Be patient. = Do not set the goals too high. Do not set impossible to reach goals. = Start small to build habits.    - To reach major habits you need to build small habits, gradually.    - Break big habits into small, bite sized pieces.    - Make those habits measurable, quantifiable. = Jerry Seinfeld technique (he makes a "X" on each day he writes, resets when he does't. You don't want to break the chain) = Scheduled plans get accomplished. = Brain gravitates toward immediate gratification. Promote long term benefits. = You can also give immediate punishment if you procrastinate. = Failure decreases your motivation:     - If you keep failing, results punish you = you won't do the things you are required to do. = Have a to-do list:    - Assign tasks with priorities. Start with biggest priority.    - It's rewarding to check off items.    - Removes ambiguity as to what you should do next. = Self discipline is a habit.    - You don't run a marathon in the first try. You start small and progress. = Pomodoro Technique:    - Dedicate block time. Do not answer phones, check emails. Nothing. Dedicate to work.    - Original technique is (25 min work + 5 min break) * 4 and then 15 minute break.    - He suggested 30 min work + 30 min break. Good for starting out. = Your motivation to do something should be your passion.    - Do not do something out of ego (wanting a luxurious car for fame, impression etc.)    - Work on something you enjoy doing. = Try to be content, try to be fulfilled. = Make your progress a journey. Make it fun. I hope you like my summary.
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very very helpful!!! Thank you! <3
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i like how i immediately relate to the beginning of your speech about having these "rushes" and "I'm gonna turn around my life, im gonna get fit and be succesful!", to later disappoint myself and hurt my selfesteem. And then at the end of this video, I felt the exact same emotional revelation. I swear, bro I'm turning my life around!! great video though!
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very good video man, you speak true and clear.
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wow thank you. breath of fresh air
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You're awesome Steve!
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Pretty cools words to live by
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Can you please make a video to combat the laziness that your long video on laziness instills in me?
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Thank you so much for this video, i feel like it was meant just to me. I can so much relate to these frustrations that we get by failing our goals over and over.. Its nice to see that someone understands and is able to explain and help out with real strategies (not like the "well, you just have to do it" piece of advice). THANK YOU :)
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oh kay I thought it was just me that saw the delay in this video but I am hearing this and it's really helping me 
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Hi there VagabondSteve, thank you. It's Christmas, I'm totally bah-humbug and projecting willy nilly and the need to look at self discipline has been nudging at my space for a few days. Now after finding this video I can see how it actually can be possible. Thank you
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how is this guy able to move his mouth and have the words come out much later?..like a ventriloquist, anyway, good video bro!
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I did it for a little while. It wasn't for me. I don't want my diet to consume a large part of my life. I want something simple that's not labor intensive.
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Great great video thank you :D
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Thank you very much for this video. The past seven months I've really become a very lazy and undisciplined guy, especially when it comes to school; I put off doing homewerk, learning, don't study 'till the very last moment. And this week it crossed the line, so now I really want to change a whole lot. And this video helps me a real lot, since my lack of discipline is my biggest problem, so thank you very much!!! And thanks for all your other video's, there're all very learnfull and inspiring!
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Glad you find them helpful. Thank you for commenting. Be patient with yourself, go slowly, use baby steps, as you develop new habit patterns.
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@msclvr2 Originally you said, "I have learned to ignore all things that require discipline." This makes more sense, "I am saying is that for me discipline is only required for things I think I should do." Big difference between the two statements.
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thanks for the video...came just at the right time.
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great vid! and great tools especially like 30 minutes working and 30 minutes enjoying tool, definitely will try.
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Thank you for the practical tips! Great video. I like the uplifting ending about the sparks turning into fire. Thank you, Steve!
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If we were to strictly live in this moment then we would sit around all day, succumbing to all sensations that we get. This type of life has no purpose. I feel that we must work towards improving ourselves daily. To accomplish this, we must act in the present. Don't do nothing. For the way of the peaceful warrior is through continuous, aware action.
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In my mind, eventhough I may try aversion techniques, I know in my self, it is not true. Therefore, I'm not so pushed. For example, putting my clock ahead of time. I know in my mind that I have an extra 5-10mins therefore I leisurely make myself out to work but can find myself late.
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Live in the present and approach new girls. Don't focus on talking to just 'the one' girl who is the prettiest. Practice the art of approaching all kinds of people to improve your social skills. You might be passing up 'the one' because your going by only external beauty. Girls like confident and fit guys. Start eating well and exercising which will improve your mood and confidence. To meet 'the one' girl you have to fail a lot. Get out there and start failing.
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I appreciate your videos, thanks.
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Very Helpful, Steve. Thank you! peace, Tim
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This video does not seem to fit in with your other messages. Doesn't self-discipline in order to get things done mean trying to attain something? As Osho says "discipline has to be of the mind. The mind is your past. All that you have learned, all you have been conditioned for, all that you have experienced, all you have thought about – this is your mind. Out of this mind comes a planning for the future." Should we not live moment to moment without any prefabricated discipline?
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@xchriistiinaaaax Please let us know how it works out for you.
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@vagabondsteve hehehe. Keep making them vids. You're doing a good thing for people. And you know you are changing the course of certain peoples' lives. Like mine. Keep up the good work.
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Hey steve and anyone reading this comment, just a quick question. I would say that computer games are my vice. I play them to avoid doing other more important/fun things. I've found myself at times not even enjoying the game. But I feel like if I delete the game I'm not actually conquering my habit. You know what I mean. I feel as if I'm still being controlled by my addiction. I believe that to beat it I should still have the game but decide not to play it. Thoughts?
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I have a great recommendation for you. Look up josielenore on youtube. I had terrible issues with binge eating, over-eating, and emotional eating. It was beginning to take over my life, as weird as that sounds. For those struggling with emotional eating, I think that losing weight is less about discipline and more about healing the root causes of emotional eating. Please check her out - after 2 months I eat like a normal person, no dieting, and am maintaining a healthy weight. Best of luck!
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@KinghitProductions ...try to go one day or a half day without playing any computer games and see how you feel. Try to get to a point where you can take it or leave it and not have it rule your life. Take it one day at a time.
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I'll be finally getting my portfolio together after watching your vid for years. I'm finally going to get shit started from end of thsi month. By March, I'll -
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My grandmaws the fattest laziest dumbest lady ever.
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i am going to try the 30/30 work cycle. So far, I have been using Pomodoro. Curious to try 30/30. Maybe, when I feel really procrastinate, then, I will use 30/30. Once the energy kicks in, i will use Pomodoro :)
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I find it so nice of you, Steve, that you share these self-discipline techniques with us! Really cool. I'll try out the one or the other, today probably the 30-30 work cycle.
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@KinghitProductions As stated in the video you waste a lot of mental energy when you use willpower. It's better to get rid of it in order to remove the temptation.
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nice, next time that i wont do what ive intended to do, i will take a cold shower :P
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I have wanted to lose weight since the age of 13. I did so without thinking on 3 counts but when I've had to focus on it, I find it more difficult. My main issue is lack of exercise. My job is quite sedentary and emotionally tiring however I love it. I've gained 12 kg in the last 2 years because of lack of self discipline. I really need help.
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@greentforme You know how hard it is to change yourself. Multiply that times 100 and it's that much harder to change others. Besides it's exhausting trying to change other people. If you want to turn someone off to you just give them unsolicited advice. Let people be and instead set an example through your actions and not your words.
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have you ever done the raw food thing and what did you make of it?
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i think im kinda in love with you, is that possible?
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Thx, man. I recognized some of my own opinions on what you were saying.
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Man, you are amazing. It's like me talking to myself, but it's always easier to hear it from someone else, and I've never heard anyone be so logically-honest...
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Thank you for Sharing, always great, Love the Tone of your voice! Very relaxing:-) Have a greaT daY.
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Steve! This was really awesome. I enjoyed this video very much and found some good support from it. I've heard a lot of these advices before but it was cool having them placed into a common sense context. I particularly found it cool to hear someone speaking about the importance of being honest with oneself. I take all these advices back with me to practical application. Thanks a bunch! Hey - how about making some more videos?
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@msclvr2 So eating healthy, exercising, being organized, getting out of your comfort zone, not wasting time, & saving money require no discipline or are these things not important to you?
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I indulge my various appetites. When I get enough, I move on to something else. But I always try to keep everything under a bit of control and I try to never bite off more than I can chew. Its good to keep things in balance and not spend your last dime at the fair. Keep enough money so that you can buy a bus ticket home.
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@ATOMINESRAZINOS Go to my home page (featured) then click send message.
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I am having trouble watching this because sound not synced, and it makes me crazy. :( Is there something I can do to make it right?
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Thank you for your videos. I just listened to the one on intuition. I like that.
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Thanks! I've read loads of books about discipline thus I am familiar with the ideas you exposed, but you put them together so nicely, I liked a lot to hear you. As you pointed so well, I came to realize that my real problem is indeed the lack of the "ultimate motivation" to do things. So I was a bit sad while watching you, thinking "it is inspiring but not for me after all" until you said almost at the end that not all people have a call. Then you addressed me. :) But it still makes me sad...
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The sound is way off... But it's so good I don't care!
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@vagabondsteve Personally, I think it's kind of charming when voice/pic are not in sync. After all, imperfection is part of being human. As always, Steve, thanks for all that you do for us. Great video! I have turned some of your vds into tapes & they accompany me on my long walks.
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you are a great human being for making this videos. Thank you again.
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This is so great. I am actually doing 30on/30off right now. I am knocking out so many chores right now I am astounding myself. Thanks so much Vagabond Steve. I feel so confident right now.
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I would rather do what i feel like bitch YOLO
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I feel so enlightened by this video!
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@vagabondsteve HAHA! Brilliant come back. Short, and to the actual point! And funny.
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thank you , now i can discipline myself to do SAT books on my own instead of wasting $1000 on SAT tutoring to force me to do SAT stuff. im going to save $1000 because of this video
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@SuperDeeb123 Thank you for sharing your experience.
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Good idea removing the temptations. I'm always sabotaging the things I want to accomplish with pointless distractions. Once I'm involved completely in a project, distractions hold no attraction for me :) I understand the swirling in the head thing. So many things I want to do I can't decide where to start first. I really hate a to do list, it is like a monkey on my back until I finish the list. Mundane chores are the worst unless I break them into five to 10 minute chunks :)
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You can use Pomodoro for 30/30 and adjust the break time. For example in the morning when I have a lot more energy I use a 25 work & 10 break cycle. In the evening when my self-discipline has been depleted I use a 30/30 cycle. Adjust it to how you feel. When I'm procrastinating I'll use a 5 minute work and 25 minute break cycle. The most difficult thing when procrastinating is getting started. The 5 minutes helps to overcome that and gives me the option to continue working if I so choose.
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It depends what your goal is. Are you looking for a career or are your passions just hobbies? For a career I would follow the passion that gives you the most opportunities.
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I'm so lazy, I can't even get thru this whole video ;-)
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I really needed this video right now steve. Thanks
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How does your skype coaching work? how much do you charge? I am very glad I have found your channel your insights are invaluable.
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@IvanMarinIvkovich I've found that being an extreme vegan didn't work for me over the long haul. Allow some flexibility. Like going off your diet on the weekends. The mind rebels when we get too extreme. Balance is the key.
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Thanks for the video, Steve. What would be some effective ways of influencing others to have these kinds of self-discipline techniques? For example, I have been trying to convince someone I care about to quit smoking, but I know how hard it may be. I constantly show my disapproval of it when I am around him, but it seems as though his need to smoke outweighs my opinions of it. It makes me sad to see how controlled he is by this bad habit. I'm quite frustrated. Any suggestions?
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Agreed, it's nice to get some reminders of what we already know from someone else.
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Absolutely great video. What incredible insight you have. I'm going to implement it in my life. Thank you! Andrew
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@mertles02 I believe it is a combination. Some people are born with greater mental and physical stamina. But anyone can develop new skills. Self-discipline is just a matter of cultivating new habits in small incremental steps.
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