If I remember correctly Bruce Lee also had something similar.
Philosophically I see the self-discipline process as raft building. A way of fashioning your life raft to fit your own experiences and motivations. I construct my raft as follows, poaching a few from Bucky Fuller and adding my own; I will proceed in the following manner:
- Seek to bridge the gap between my current knowledge and the limit of human knowledge in a particular area of science, namely some branch of Mathematics and Computer Science.
- Seek to decrease my own sufferings and the suffering of those around me, even if in some small and unrecognised way.
- Seek to improve my health through vigorous exercise and fitness goals. Continue to participate in competitive athletics.
- Seek to learn the most from my mistakes. (Bucky)
- Seek to skilfully develop my hands as well as my mind.
- Seek to decrease time wasted in worried procrastination and to increase time invested in discovery of technological effectiveness. (Bucky)
- The Five Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh (aka Thay). Which I took transmission of in the summer of 2005 when my brother and I went on a Buddhist retreat lead by Thay. Basically these are equivalent to the (Soto) Zen Buddhist precepts with the flavour of "Engaged Buddhism".
- Seek to gain insight on topics of science, technology, philosophy, sociology, history, and Nature from a variety of sources and viewpoints.
- Commit whole-heartedly to the above and pay no attention to "earning a living" in humanity’s established economic system, yet find that my family’s and my needs are provided for by seemingly pure happenstance and always only in the nick of time. (Bucky)
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Keeper. And I don't usually keep anything. Ever.