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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.