Thursday, June 18, 2009

Self-Discipline

I love the following quote, because like many others I have always thought of "self-discipline" as use of will-power to do dull or annoying things, or not to do interesting things. Here is a different approach:

"... discipline of self-stopping to awaken ourselves from mindless rushing or stultifying inhibition. ... the will and compassion to pause and reflect, to stay in the present, even to stop work in timely fashion when diminishing returns or fatigue sets in, or when something else important needs doing. ... discipline builds as we stay in the moment, patiently, with no intent but to experience what happens and notice which actions meet or change goals. ... a process style of working that helps us unlearn impulse-based compulsions to rushing, binging, and overattachment."
---Nihil Nimus

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