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Don’t Break The Chain: A Great Way To Save

Published: March 27th, 2015

Don’t Break the Chain:

A great motivational technique from Jerry Seinfeld that you can adapt to any of your goals. Why not use this technique to help you save every day to make that all important house move.

Don’t break the chain is a motivation technique purportedly created and used by famous comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.

Jerry Seinfeld came up with Don’t Break The Chain. Image via BJJ Umbrella.


Jerry gave this advice to a young, aspiring comic who saw his chance before Seinfeld went on stage one night back in his touring years. Jerry told him that the only way to be a better comic was to create better jokes, and the way to create better jokes was to write every single day. He used a leverage technique on himself, a unique caldenar system to pressure him to write. Here is how it works.

Get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. Then get a big red magic marker.

Your job is not to break the chain of red X marks. Image via BJJ Umbrella


Each day that you do your task, put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just kep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain”

It works because it isn’t the one-shot pushes that get us where we need to go, it is the consistent daily action that builds extraordinary outcomes. Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short amount of time. If you don’t break the chain, you’ll start to spot opportunities yo0u otherwise wouldn’t. Small improvements accumulate into large improvements.

Give it a try. And remember for goodness sake – don’t break the chain!!!


Hat Tip: Life Hacker

Feature Image Credit: Rachel Olsen

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