Discipline: Training the Mind to Manage Your Life

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Your mind is your greatest asset and guiding force in acquiring discipline. We show you how to acquire discipline for yourself on your own terms. The amount of discipline you possess determines the level of success in your life. As a result, you will learn how to make the best of every minute - everyday. Discipline embodies many positive attributes that help you eliminate those negative obstacles that you struggle with on a daily basis. Self-help books that target specific areas, i.e., weight loss, achieving ...

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Overview

Your mind is your greatest asset and guiding force in acquiring discipline. We show you how to acquire discipline for yourself on your own terms. The amount of discipline you possess determines the level of success in your life. As a result, you will learn how to make the best of every minute - everyday. Discipline embodies many positive attributes that help you eliminate those negative obstacles that you struggle with on a daily basis. Self-help books that target specific areas, i.e., weight loss, achieving success, confidence-building, etc., are totally ineffective if you lack discipline. That deficiency has kept you from applying those previous readings to your life.

Charts for your Current, Recommended and PRIME (Personally Regulated Improvement Model to Excel) routines are included. Suggestions are given on everything from daily exercise routines, eating healthy and sleep experimentation. How you manage these areas determines the quality of your life.

Discipline is the most critical tool that we all need to consistently strive to be better - and it can be learned. This knowledge is not only important for you, but also for your children, society and generations to come. Our goal is to make discipline a household word again - one mind at a time.



About the Authors

Karen Willi

Karen Willi spent six years climbing the computer industry ladder from 1984-1990. She then became a military spouse and her career shifted to government contract as well as a myriad of Civil Service jobs for the next seven years. A few of those positions included data analyst work for the Army, Naval Telecommunications messaging to ships and Air Force medical administration providing critical data for pre-deployed squadrons. In 1997 she settled into her full-time CEO position of the Willi Family Corporation (WFC) to be a stay at home Mom. WFC is a fast-paced, highly mobile operation, which serves its customers throughout their entire lifecycle. She is now an editor, co-author and website advisor for Harris Kern's Enterprise Computing Institute.


Harris Kern

A world-renowned author, publisher, lecturer, and IT consultant, Harris Kern is the industry's leading mind on simplifying IT - and making it work. His extensive IT background serves as the foundation for his best-selling books. As executive editor of Harris Kern's Enterprise Computing Institute, he united the industry's leading minds to publish "how-to" textbooks on critical IT issues. The series includes titles such as: Managing IT as an Investment, Building Professional Services, IT Services, IT Organization, IT Systems Management, Technology Strategies, High Availability, IT Automation and Software Development. Harris also authored the New Enterprise series featuring: Building the New Enterprise, and Discipline: Six Steps to Unleashing Your Hidden Potential, an autobiography revealing successful management of both personal and professional life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403367242
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,187,607
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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Self-help books usually provide you with the 'how-to' but don't provide you with a proven method for continuous self-motivation. Motivational speeches only pump you up for a few hours or maybe a couple days if they're extraordinarily good speakers. New Year's resolutions are nothing but hot air because they are empty promises based solely on a date on the calendar. Most people just don't do a very good job of managing their personal life. They would falter on their goals and objectives, change their priorities on the fly, commit to people and never follow through, etc. For us and we're hoping for you as well, life is all about accomplishments. They could be learning something new, working towards a promotion, buying your first home, balancing your life so you're committed to spending a set number of hours with your family each week, etc. Nothing is more rewarding than feeling like you've gone through a week or an entire month keeping all your commitments and accomplishing important milestones. Wouldn't it be great to feel that way for an entire year or even better, the rest of your life? In the first book, Discipline: Six Steps to Unleashing Your Hidden Potential, the importance of discipline is discussed and the six simple steps it takes to acquire discipline are given. Throughout the book, the image of a person opening a door and through the door seeing a reflection of him or herself in a mirror is referenced. This is an image called upon again and again because it symbolizes the relationship Harris built with himself in the years it took to acquire discipline. It was all about fulfilling a contract with himself. The book is about you and the constant struggle you have with yourself to fulfill that same promise. If you step through that door and don't like what you see in the mirror, then the book can help you develop the discipline to enjoy stepping through that door rather than dreading it. It's a daily battle as you seek out that elusive element to balancing home and career, personal time and family, and the other forces that life hurls at you on a daily basis. The goal was to write a very simple book with a very simple message. The book could be read by anyone at any age. In very little time the reader will quickly understand the steps necessary to acquire discipline. We all know how important discipline is and always will be. So why don't people do a better job of applying it to enhance and organize their lives to get as much accomplished as humanly possible each and everyday? Harris thought his objectives were accomplished. The sole purpose for writing that book was to not only teach people about discipline but to help them acquire it as well. You might say that accomplishing one out of two goals isn't bad, but Harris felt that he hadn't completed that goal in its entirety. People were still asking me the same questions after the first book was published. 1. Why is it so difficult to put some structure in my life?
2. Why is it so hard to focus on my priorities?
3. Why can't I be consistent with my exercise?
4. There aren't enough hours in a day to do everything - I have so much I want to accomplish and I can't keep up with it all!
5. I can't motivate myself - I need a push.
Harris says, "At first I was perplexed because I thought I was preaching discipline 101. In my mind this stuff was easy to comprehend. It wasn't rocket science. So what's up with these people? Why couldn't they get their act together? After hearing these above statements I realized that understanding the steps for acquiring discipline and learning how to acquire it is one thing and doing it is something else altogether. Attempting to practice it consistently is where people normally fail. Therefore, the guiding principle behind this book is helping people motivate and push themselves by training their mind. Our goal for this book is to teach people how to acquire discipline for themselves." This book is about training the mind so you can use it as a tool to manage your life as if it were a business. This is the business end of what it takes to get your life headed in the direction that you want it to go. You will learn how to train your mind and what the power of a trained mind can do for you. As with the first book, this will also be very easy to read, absorb, and comprehend. Discipline is the one thing that encompasses all the positive aspects of ourselves in order to remove all those undesirable things that challenge all of us everyday of our lives. This is why all those self-help books that target specific areas (losing weight, building confidence, career enhancement) are gathering dust and you are still searching for some divine intervention to come into your life. You're holding it in your hands right now. You know its true. Take a minute and think about it. For everything that you have struggled to overcome in your life the reason it remains an issue is a simple lack of discipline to pull it off. Don't be fooled. There is nothing simple about it, but it remains the one single attribute that stands between you and your goals. If you had discipline you never would have felt so overwhelmed by so many things - ever. Lack of it has kept you from applying all those previous readings to your life. This book is for anyone who is tired of battling the same old bothersome issues in their life and knows they can beat them. It doesn't matter how many issues stand in your way, even one is too many once you welcome discipline into your life. We don't just tell you how to apply it, we show you. You will build your own Personally Regulated Improvement Model to Excel (PRIME) to incorporate discipline into your own life and on your own terms. You have complete control of it. Once you've successfully PRIMEd your life, you can use that control to enhance the quality of your life any way you please.
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Table of Contents

FOREWORD 6
PREFACE 11
DOING MORE WITH LESS 11
PEOPLE ARE NOT EXCELLING 12
DEDICATION 15
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 16

1. INTRODUCTION 18
LIFE IS ALL ABOUT ACCOMPLISHMENTS 18
A WORLD OF HURT 19
YOU HAVE THE POWER 22
AGE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT 23
STATUS QUO IS FAILURE 24
DON'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW 25

2. PERSONALLY REGULATED IMPROVEMENT MODEL TO EXCEL 26
IT'S NOT A TEAM EVENT 31
THE HIGH COST OF DEPENDENCE 32
A BLESSING OR A CURSE? 32
YOUR CURRENT ROUTINE 33
RECOMMENDED ROUTINE 41
STRUCTURE 48
MY CURRENT ROUTINE 49
MAKE YOUR ROUTINE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE 50
SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING THE LEAP TO THE PRIME OF YOUR LIFE 50
CREATIVE TIME SAVERS 50
MY PRIME ROUTINE 55
TOOLS OF THE TRADE 56
CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON 56
THE GIFT OF TIME 57

3. YOUR LIFE, INC. 58
NEVER COMPARE YOURSELF TO SOMEONE ELSE 60
FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF 60
OBSTACLES 61
TEMPTATIONS 61
WORKING HARD 62
CONTINUOUSLY CHALLENGE YOURSELF 63
COMMITMENT 63
HAVING FUN 64
BEING UNCONVENTIONAL 64
NEVER BE SATISFIED 65
THERE'S ALWAYS A SOLUTION 66
DIGNITY 67
THE BUF FACTOR 67
BALANCE 68
FOCUS 69
KEEPING YOUR COOL 71
HOPE 71
THE NEGATIVE SIDE AFFECT 72

4. TIME 74
EQUATE TIME TO MONEY 74
DON'T SIT AROUND WASTING TIME 76
TREAT ALL DAYS EQUALLY 79
STANDING IN LINE 81
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, WORK THAT LINE! 82
THE WORLD ON TIME 83

5. SLEEP 84
MINIMIZING SLEEP 84
TECHNIQUES 84
EXCESSIVE SLEEP 85
WHEN WE CAN'T SLEEP 85
KILLER SLEEP STUDY 86
MAKE IT A GOAL 86
WE'RE NOT ALONE 87

6. TRAINING THE MIND 89
PLAYING MIND GAMES 91
PSYCHING YOURSELF OUT IS CHILD'S PLAY 91
MOST FREQUENTLY USED EXCUSES 92
SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE EXCUSES 92
BEING REDUNDANT 105
MIND OVER MATTER 105
BEAUTIFUL MINDS 105
TRAINED MINDS WE ADMIRE 106
REFINED MINDS 106
ENORMOUS MENTAL FORTITUDE 106

7. THE TOTAL PACKAGE 108
THE BODY TOO 108
STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME 108
PUSH YOUR BODY - IT CAN TAKE IT 109
MAKE EXERCISE FUN 109
EATING SMART 112
WHAT TO EAT AND WHEN 112
VALUES 114
LEARN FROM OTHERS 115
ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE 116

8. IT'S NEVER ENOUGH 117
THE CONTINUOUS THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE 117
PATIENCE 118
IT'S MUCH MORE THAN BEING A LEADER 118
MASTERS OF MENTAL STIMULATION 119
DISCIPLINED 122
BENEFITS 122
SUMMARY 128
IT'S NOT ABOUT MONEY 129
FAILURE WILL NOT BE IN YOUR VOCABULARY 129

9. RETIREMENT 131
PLAN YOUR FUTURE, OR OTHERS WILL GLADLY PLAN IT FOR YOU 132
REDIRECTING MYSELF TOWARDS IMPASSIONED RECREATIONAL EXPLOITS DAILY 132
BACK TO THE FUTURE 132
PUBLICIZE YOUR ROUTINE 133
UNPRIMED SENIORS 133

10. EPILOG 135
IN LIFE AND IN DEATH 135
THE LEGACY 136
DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN 137
SPEND TIME ON YOUR KIDS, NOT MONEY 137
ELDERSHIP 141

HK'S ANECDOTES 144
HK'S MOST COMMON PHRASES OF THE UNPRIMED: 144
HK'S FAVORITE REMARKS: 149
HK'S TIME WASTELAND: 151
HK'S QUOTES: 153
HK'S GRIEVANCES 155

BIBLIOGRAPHY 157

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2007

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    This is a poorly written, self-published book. It focuses on how great the authors think they are and how great their self-discipline is. Not a hint about how others might help themselves achieve discipline. There are some good quotes in there - of course from other people, but the authors cheapen them by spending time saying how great the quote is. There was clearly not any sort of editor for this book as there are many grammatical errors throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    A Means to many Successful Ends

    There are many books out on the market that present theories on how successful people live and operate. Many of them are very good and give you an insight into the world of the successful ladder climber. I personally gained a lot from a few notable greats in the areas of time and people management. Though they are useful I have usually be left wanting for something more or some secret ingredient that makes life run a bit better. How does someone like Jack Welch or Daniel Fuss stay on top? I know they are successful, but did they get their 'game' from luck or something else. I didn't have a valid answer to that question until I read Harris Kern's book on discipline. Now it is plain to see that discipline was a base behavior for most if not all of these successful individuals. How is Harris Kern's book different from other in the 'self improvement' genre? The biggest difference is it isn't theoretical discussion about 'what is' or what to do. The book helps lay the foundation from which all other succuess are derived. It helps you determine what 'you' should do to be successful and get the most out of each minute of each day for the rest of your life. This is important because each persons needs are different from the next person. This means that roads to success are varied and specific to each individual. Simply put, Harris reminds us that we are our own masters and in full control of our lives. He inspires us to challenge ourselves to be better and to never accept anything less than success. In the short period of time since reading this book I have been gain some invaluable benefits in my life. I'm less stressed and getting more done and feeling healthier. If you are like me and carry a title of Chief Procrastinator, this book is for you. If you are at the top of your game, this book is still for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    stumble but Don't Fall

    Harris has figured it out. By setting a goal or goals and keeping focused on them allows for minor pitfalls in life but not letting them overwhelm you. I was over 50 years old and 100lbs overweight. I started working out at a gym 5 or 6 days a week as well as control my eating. I made a commitment to myself that this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I would weigh what I would weigh. In 'Discipline Training The Mind To Manage Your Life' Harris recognizes that commitment is the key to success. By not setting a weight goal or a diet time period, I took away the chance of reaching a temporary/false goal and after reaching it, going back to my old habits. I have lost the 100lbs and I still attend the gym daily. I make my work out a priority; I make the time to go, by waking up early, before anything can get in the way or cause me to lose site of my goal. My commitment was to myself and my goal is easily achieved and I have to achieve it every day. It allows that if I stumble for any reason that I can recover immediately. Harris has outlined every step in this book & I recommend his procedures. They work, even if you feel a little pain a couple hours after the workout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    Step-by-step path to fulfillment.

    The PRIME method looks to me like an excellent way for anybody to overcome the obstacles that have kept them from getting what they wanted out of life. I'm a chart and list junkie, so the ones included in the book are right up my alley. I can't overemphasize how much I agree with the views presented here concerning our society and the need to wake up and start taking responsibility for ourselves and our children. Buy this book, read it, and if it changes the way you act in the smallest degree, we will all be better off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2003

    what a gift! ¿..

    There are countless of good books on the market that guide and educate people to improve their life style and one of them is the ¿Discipline: Training The Mind To Manage Your Life¿ written by Harris Kern and Karen Willi. This excellent resource in my opinion is one of the best books on the market and I will highly recommend to every family to own this book and place it in a very visible area of the house because this precise, concise, and discrete creation is equivalent to the dictionary where we often look up for uncertain vocabularies and impressions. Like we use the dictionary for unknown words, anybody can find concrete definitions to every confusion, puzzle, and failure in every situation of life and more than that they can follow the true solution based on the real life experience and you don¿t even need the highlighter everything is done for you just find the topic and follow the procedures! The authors¿ suggestions are very honest and easy to follow¿what a gift! ¿.. right in your house without taking time to see expensive behavior specialists or astrologists...make your goal and predict your future. I like how Kern and Willi judge the reality, they say that the only treasure every person in the world gets equally is TIME and it is up to every individual how he/she allocates it, in other words take it or leave it it's up to you. Some people take advantage of their knowledge and trough their hard work build their successful life and others choose to sit and wait for the miracles ¿..don¿t wait for a fortune you and only you can make changes in your life read the book and take advantage of Kern 's and WIlli's guidelines who take you through the journey of their own success and prosperity , follow them and measure the differences. Thank you so much for writing this special book. Angela Mirzoyan

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