Have you ever heard of the 10,000 hour rule?

The 10,000 hour rule is a hot topic these days. They say that to get really good at something-a sport, a professional trade, a musical instrument-you need 10,000 hours of dedicated practice. Day after day, year after year, your skills are refined. When you pass the 10,000 hour mark, you've become World-Class. Masterful. Elite.

If you're one of the millions of people who struggle with online porn, here's a powerful question to ask yourself:

How many hours have I spent looking at online porn? Is it 1,000? 5,000? What about the full 10,000 hours? Is that even possible?

The answer, surprisingly, is yes. If you surf porn for two hours each day, you'll reach 10,000 hours in 13.7 years. If your daily habit is three hours, you'll get there in under a decade.

Think about it. Online porn has been widely available since the mid-1990s, which means that millions of people have already crossed the 10,000 hour mark with porn.

Here's an even bigger question. Say those millions of people were given the chance to magically "trade" their 10,000 hours of porn for 10,000 hours of something else. An art, a craft, a business. How many people would make that trade? If every single one of them did, how would the world be different? What Grammy award-winning albums would have been recorded? What scientific discoveries would have been made? How many mortgages would have been paid off?

These are tough things to think about, especially if you've been using online porn for a number of years. When you look back at your porn use all that time feels like a total loss. A complete waste. A 10,000 hour black hole.

But there are two pieces of good news.

First, the time you've spent on porn-whatever the total number of hours may be-is not a total waste. You can use it for inspiration. You can use it to teach yourself what's possible when a small amount of discipline is exercised every day. You can use it to remind yourself that good habits, like bad ones, are developed over time.

The second piece of good news? It does not take 10,000 hours of practice to permanently drop your online porn habit. Years of surfing online porn does cause changes in the body and brain-but with the Greatness Ahead program, you start reversing these changes in a matter of days!

A simple trick

Here's one more little piece of good news - a little freebee, a little something you can try right now. And the best part - it really works!

Whenever you feel the urge to sit down in front of the lappy and start viewing - do something else instead. It's a simple thing, but it's incredibly powerful.

Just physically make yourself do something else. When the urge to watch porn comes over you, try:

o Taking a brisk walk.

o Going for a run.

o Calling up a friend.

o Walking the dog.

o Doing some house work.

o Working on the car.

o Something you enjoy that isn't in front of the computer.

This probably seems silly - it's not. There is sound psychology behind this simple trick.

Complete recovery is possible in mere months.

So the next time you're tempted to surf porn, remember the 10,000 hour rule. Ask yourself: What could I be doing instead of surfing porn online? How could I be using this precious time to enrich my life, and the lives of people I care about?

It's all very simple: If you ask yourself the right questions beforehand, you won't have to ask yourself the tough questions afterwards!
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