The 10-10-10 rule

A while back I read James Emory White’s book What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary. There is one little idea in there which has stuck with me through the year. It’s what he calls the 10-10-10 rule. Here’s what he says:

“It stands for ten minutes, ten months, and ten years, and it speaks of using your brain to address your life in a simple but life-changing way: What are the consequences of my decision in ten minutes, in ten months, and in ten years? That kind of thinking is what your sexual impulses need. Left to themselves, they will only engage the first ten minutes. But it’s the ten months and the ten years that matter most.”

So next time temptation comes knocking think about how you’re going to feel if you succumb in ten minutes time? And where will you be if you keep on succumbing in ten months time? And what about ten years? You can also turn the rule round – how will you feel if you resist and overcome in ten minutes? And where will you be if you keep resisting in ten months time? And what about ten years? As someone somewhere said a deed repeated becomes a habit, and a habit persisted in becomes a character – or something like that. You get the point!

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