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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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
WORKING HARD 62
CONTINUOUSLY CHALLENGE YOURSELF 63
HAVING FUN 64
BEING UNCONVENTIONAL 64
NEVER BE SATISFIED 65
THERE'S ALWAYS A SOLUTION 66
THE BUF FACTOR 67
KEEPING YOUR COOL 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
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
LEARN FROM OTHERS 115
ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE 116
8. IT'S NEVER ENOUGH 117
THE CONTINUOUS THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE 117
IT'S MUCH MORE THAN BEING A LEADER 118
MASTERS OF MENTAL STIMULATION 119
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
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
Posted September 26, 2009
After reading this book. Certain things kept getting thrown into my head. For example, time management. I've realized myself now when I am getting lazy and doing nothing, I will realize this quickly and nip it out. Its not ok to waste anymore time. This book gives me good insight also on how to organize my daily tasks in life to be more productive. By me having my days written out and planned, theres no time to bs, I just follow my instructions and things get completed much faster now then they did when I would try to follow through with my plans all cluttered in my head.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2008
The follow-up to "Discipline: Six Steps To Unleashing Your Hidden Potential," "Discipline: Training Your Mind To Manage Your Life" focuses on the little things that help you instill the discipline necessary to achieve the greater goals in your life, and moreover, to make change possible. There are reviews of this book belittling it for focusing on things so seemingly trivial as the minutes that can be saved in the morning, on the way to work, or in the doctor's office. I'll admit - at first - I too thought it was a bit extreme, however, the point will be missed by those who don't actually want to TRAIN the mind to manage your life. This is because this book doesn't sugarcoat the path to discipline. Training requires a strict regimen i.e. a boot camp period. When it comes to discipline, you really do need to start breaking your day into sections and really take notice of the exact amount of time you spend on specific activities. Only by paying attention to the details will you start to train your mind to actually save time and be more efficient. With time discipline and your routine will become second nature, and you won't have to record every minute of the day. <BR/><BR/>Those who dismiss this book as trivial for focusing on the foundation of what it takes to actually achieve discipline will probably never achieve discipline in their lives. This is most likely why most of the negative reviewers point out at least one other discipline book they've read - because simply stated - they would rather read a plethora of books on the IDEA of change (something which most books make sound much simpler than it actually is) rather than taking the time and effort to focus on the incremental steps necessary to establishing a new routine. Basically if you are looking for something to get you momentarily pumped-up for MOMENTARY results, this is not the book for you. This book is the meat and potatoes of the meal - hence the many quotes throughout it - the idea behind obtaining discipline and control over your life being - just do it! This book makes it clear that that's the only way to become disciplined, stop thinking and start doing. Everything you need to know about the road to gaining control over your life is in "Training Your Mind To Manage Your Life."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2007
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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Posted June 27, 2007
Overall I think this is a good book. I was hoping for more of a step-by-step approach to acquiring discipline. However, what I ended up gaining was more valuable. I have been a goal oriented person for many many years, but have a low success rate because I lacked the discipline to carry them out. This book helped me realize that you have to train yourself to stay motivated. This is partly accomplished through positive self-talk and positive mind games. A book giving me a 'formula' for how to automatically be disciplined is what I hoped for, but instead I got a book that taught me that discipline is just plain hard work, which is what I needed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 16, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2003
Where Stephen Covey left off in his '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' book in terms of the what, why, how and want (desire), Harris Kern adds a critical component of 'discipline' to ensure successful results. Harris' book 'Discipline: Training the Mind to Manage Your Life' adds the discipline dimension with a roadmap for success that can be applied to all facets of our lives. If you are looking for some keys to achieve more balance, productivity, success and quality in your life, then Harris' book will provide a terrific insight on where to look and what to do.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2003
Having read Mr. Kern's previous book I was eager to see what other useful methods I could learn to improve my life. For example, I was amazed to learn how much time is wasted in one's life. One may or may not be able to adhere completely to the daily time schedule outlined in the book, but it gives you an idea of how one can improve on time management and become more productive. As they say: 'Time is Gold', and having the discipline to manage time properly can only lead to success.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2003
This book reads like a distillation of several years' worth of Redbook articles dealing with self-improvement. Sections like 'You Have the Power' and 'Learn from Others' offer nothing more than a blurb full of pop-culture cliches and overworked quotes. If you're in the throes of adolescent coping, check this one out. If not, look for something written for an adult audience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2003
Discipline, is one of the very few books that I have read and then go back and re read and use as a reference. PRIME is a great systematic approach to introspectively analyze your personal current state, develop execution level activities geared to accomplishing a more productive future state and guidelines of how to get to that future state. The personal anecdotes add a dose of reality and the highlighted quotes add an inspirational boost. A very thought provoking book that can lead to life changing actions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2003
Posted April 28, 2003
This book is worth the purchase if only for the liberal use of spot on quotes from a myriad of famous people that really help drill home every point the book makes. But buy this book and in addition you will get a book that will teach you how to use a tool you were born with but may not have successfully used, up until now: self-discipline. This book will teach you how to set and achieve your goals. It teaches you how to avoid the pitfalls that commonly derail you from your objectives. The authors seem to know all the excuses you use to talk yourself out of getting difficult things done, and will walk you through each one. They provide sample routines that can easily be modified to fit your personal needs. It is an easy and enjoyable book to read -- getting through the book will not become one of your unattainable goals!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2003
There are two groups of people that would love reading this book. The first, are those of us who seem to have been 'haunted' by drive toward achievement and discipline most of our lives. After being taunted and labeled obsessive/compulsive, over-achievers and many other negative connotations most of our lives, it is terrific to read that there are others like us. As suspected the alternative, as Kern and Willi explain is complacency, laziness and excuses. The other group is those people who experience a life altering event and want to know how to completely change their attitude and approach to what meaning their lives can have. For these people this will be a tough challenge, but certainly the recipe for wonderfully, previously unimaginable success and happiness is spelled out in this book. In my opinion everyone else should read this book, and will most likely have a ton of 'but's', and even more cynicism as they get exhausted turning page after page of the formula for a rewarding life. This really should be what the doctor orders!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2003
The book is a good reminder of how seemingly simple the concept of discipline is. The book seems to have documented some of my personal best procrastination lines ... as well as some obvious reasons why I should do it now. The book outlines a process which will help get you organized and keep your priorities in line. I think that Harris sets the standard to give us an example of someone who religiously follows Discipline. Karen really adds a nice bit of perspective that makes the message so simple and well layed out that it's going to be a lot harder for me to put things off. From now on, I think I'm going to need to schedule in some time to refine my art of procrastination. I think I'll schedule this right before my workout. Thank you Harris & Karen! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2003
What a great read!. Not being renound as one to get through books quickly - having started 'Discipline - Training The Mind to Manage Your Life' I couldn't put it down. Harris and Karen have a wealth of motivational suggestions within this gem of a book that are there for the taking - its just a matter of committing yourself to take action. As someone who thought they had a fairly high degree of discipline I now realise I have a long way to go. But taking it step by step as outlined in the book, the task is not nearly as daunting and already I am noticing changes in my attitudes and activity levels. Even if you only pick up two or three of the many pertinent points within this book - READ IT - it has the power to change your life if you only open your mind to the possibilities. Harris - Thank You.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2003
As with Harris' first book, this one is full of sage advice, a great deal of quotes and wisdom, delivered with a "no-BS" approach. What people need to do is quit wasting time making excuses as to why they cannot do things (boundaries set by others and perceptions of others), and make their own goals and milestones. A theme of Harris' book is, you only measure success against yourself. The idea of charting wasted time is a great eye-opener! Try it, you will be shocked (and perhaps, temporarily depressed, but YOU can change that!). Harris puts a good focus on the down-to-earth things too, like kids, charities, growing old, retirement. The book itself doesn't inspire you, but it is written in a way that makes you look inside yourself, where inspiration truly resides. My favorite quote from the book is Will Rogers, "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." That is what Harris writes about, you know the problems, admit them, create a plan to address your weaknesses, set milestones, and get after it! This book (like his last one) really caused me to think how the topics applied to me; I didn't feel like I was just reading about him and his ideas, and that to me makes it one I can recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2003
This book builds on the foundations of Kern's first book on the topic (Discipline: Six Steps to Unleashing Your Hidden Potential), and presents a much more organized and wholistic view of how Discipline can permeate and direct every aspect of life. From analyzing the way we spend our time; to getting rid of the destructive mental messages (the authors call this 'psyching yourself out') that we subconsciously give ourselves; to keeping ourselves fit; and further to keeping our minds sharp... this book covers it all. The ideas presented in the book are so practical and down-to-earth that anyone can literally implement these ideas the very same day s/he reads the book. However, these same ideas also illustrate just how tough it is to acquire Discipline, because altering one's lifestyle and thinking are much easier said than done. Despite the challenges, the authors make clear through their own lives and achievements that Discipline offers rich rewards to those that diligently seek it. Many readers will certainly find this book inspiring and life-changing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2003
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 MirzoyanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.