This book presents a philosophy of self-discipline and practical exercises to develop it. Self-discipline is important in business, education, athletics, and many other endeavors. The author makes the case that it can be developed, and is not something one is born with. Developing self discipline involves getting rid of bad habits, developing good habits, self organization, and building self-confidence. Among the building blocks are establishing daily routines, prioritizing commitments, and scheduling. The author’s framework involves a self assessment, determining what one needs to change, developing rules to follow, setting goals, making and prioritizing lists, a positive outlook, and practice. If one lacks self-discipline, developing it may seem daunting. The how to is laid out in step-by-step form in this book and achievable with a little effort.
Self-discipline is important because we see that successful people do what they are supposed to do without being forced to do it by external pressure. These nine steps to self-discipline are exercises which must be done over and over again. Motivation, focus, and commitment are the keys. If someone follows the directions in this book, he is almost guaranteed to see improvements in his life.
A collection of well-known platitudes on the benefits of self-discipline sorely lacking depth and substantiation.
The nine steps are more a listing of numerous "whys" than practical advice and techniques on how to go about mastering self-discipline. The book is bereft of sufficient examples and samples, thus leaving the reader no better off from having perused these pages.
Additionally, the author routinely discounts the hurdles and obstacles many people encounter with self-discipline. Here's a typical sentence illustrating this: "Once you've listed your goals and set your timelines, achieving self-discipline becomes a simple task, or even a habit that's easily followed." Oh really?
Here's more less-than-erudite advice: "If you've tried out this routine and find it working well for you, stick with it. Else, try something different." Wow, how (not) enlightening. Does the author really expect anyone to pay for such claptrap advice?
The book can be read in less than 45 minutes. I would suggest time is better spent elsewhere.
In order for you to be in charge of your own destiny and life, you need to be extremely self disciplined. One thing I liked about this book was it reminded me that in order for you to have self discipline is that you must make it into a habit. That is the only way to make It sustainable. Then at the end you can journal your progress for 30 days to make it a habit. Great read.
The tips provided in this book are very practical and easily read through. However, to keep toward consistency in applying them can also be a challenge. Nevertheless, the book is recommended for anyone who require such help.
It was free, so I can't say too much negatively. There were helpful ideas and had the feel of a pep talk. The steps were a let down however, and I believe that it's assistance in actually creating self discipline would be less than expected.
Indian author Sandeep Sharma has worked with some of the most renowned organizations in the world- United Nations, International Air Transport Association. Sandeep has written two other books, ‘Habit Makes Perfect: Morning Rituals of 12 Most Successful People’ and ’ Affiliate Marketing: Learn to make crazy money with affiliate marketing today’ and when coupled with this book MASTER SELF-DISCIPLINE it is evident that his experience in volunteer work in India and Liberia as well as his experiences in Asia, Africa and Europe that he is a man who cares about how we interact with others, with our work associates, and primarily with ourselves!
The subtitle of this book – ‘9 Simple and Effective Steps to Develop Self Discipline, Get Organized, and Make Things Happen’ – is the core of his book. In his introductory comments Sandeep states, ‘Before you read further, let me ask you a question - do you want to become successful? I know there is an obvious answer to that, which is “Of course, yes!”. Who doesn’t want to become successful in this world. In addition to this obvious answer, there is another obvious reason why many people fail to reach their full potential and ultimately give up. The reason is lack of motivation. Yes, you are right. It’s the lack of motivation which stops us from giving our best. And here, I’m not talking about motivation to move a mountain or anything like that. I’m talking about motivation to do small things which we usually ignore, thinking those tiny things are not important, nor our priority. But let me tell you that those small things contribute to bigger things and ultimately to your success.’
Sandeep offers his 9 steps with excellent explanation of each: Identify misbehaviors in need of change, Set your rules, Select appropriate consequences, Get you smart discipline goals, Understand how smart discipline works, Solve your non-productivity problem, Instill positive self-development, Achieve effective discipline, and Choose the best activity. And in summarizing his advice, Sandeep states, ‘self-discipline is no longer tough to achieve once you decide what behavior is needed to attain your values and goals. All it needs is a little time and effort to analyze your behavior and identify your goals. Learn to focus on your big goal, or the smaller goals you’ve broken that big goal into, and go step-by-step as you make a concerted effort to achieve those goals. Focusing on something is tantamount on telling yourself to become more disciplined, and when you are disciplined, focusing becomes an innate part of your personality. In effect, then, it’s a case of one feeding the other. Remember, self-discipline goes deeper than merely changing your eating and health behaviors. It’s a holistic vision that encompasses a strong sense of commitment to any and every task. It’s about dedicating yourself to the task at hand, and listing down the aims and values which you plan to work around. Once you’ve listed your goals and set your timelines, achieving self-discipline becomes a simple task, or even a habit that’s easily followed.’ Wise words from a patient and warmly enthusiastic coach.
Study his thoughts, try them, and find your own path to improvement. Grady Harp, June 16