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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 March 23, 2011
I was really looking forward to this new book from Harris having read and benefited greatly from his other discipline books. Let me tell you that Discipline: Take Control of Your Life was well worth the wait. Each of his other books contained a wealth of knowledge on how to take control of your personal and professional life using self discipline. This book is another gem, filled with lots of new information, techniques and tips on goal setting, leadership, exercise, proper eating habits and much, much more, all accomplished through the discipline of your mind and body. If your looking to achieve more success in your life whether personal or professional, this book will guide you to that destination.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2009
This book was a great wake up call for me. Reading about how Harris took control at such a young age made me even more hungry and made me determined. I know that goals are not impossible and that anything can truly be done. But the question is, do you really want it ? Because nothing good really comes easy. You have to work for it and success does not come cheap. But if Harris can do it, why can't I do it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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
"Discipline: Six Steps To Unleashing Your Hidden Potential" is an extraordinary example of what a person can accomplish for himself, and inspire others to accomplish, in a set amount of time. What you realize further into the book is that once you have acquired discipline, and the accomplishments that accompany it, that set amount of time, in which you persevere and improve, becomes a lifetime - a lifetime lived to the fullest - where every minute you're moving ahead rather than simply maintaining. Harris is an extreme example of one kind of discipline - a person who set out to conquer the corporate latter and accomplish career related goals year after year. The epiphany comes when he reveals that only after achieving so many of these "smaller" goals, did the greater goal or accomplishment comes into view - that being the ability to assist those around him in making their own lives better- this helping-hand, being the key to increasing the quality of life on this planet (more-so than any other "quick-fix" or spur-of-the-moment resolution). "Discipline: Six Steps To Unleashing Your Hidden Potential" will help you find a purpose and meaning for your life that outlasts even your most ambitious momentary goals - that being becoming disciplined and therefore a leader and mentor, armed with the knowledge and respect to make ACTUAL change in the world. Harris makes it clear that it starts and ends with discipline - the only true ingredient for consistent - lasting success. Beware and be excited! This book doesn't provide a quick-fix, rather a realistic look at how you can actually change, and become the person you truly want to be, rather than simply day-dreaming about it.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 June 15, 2008
Harris Kern is an amazing writer, but an even amazing person. he gave me a copy out of the generosity of his heart simply cause he wanted me to succeed. the book really steps into the center of discipline and teaches you how to unleash your true self. Harris talks about his mentor who was his neighbor I believe that Harris is my mentor, my neighbor, my HERO. thanks Harris.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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 April 17, 2007
I was lent this book by a close friend...WOW !!! I re-read the first 30 pages 3 times because, although maybe extreme to some, this guy was down right inspiring!! Every time I read it I felt absolutely fantastic - as if I knew what the answer to all my problems was - I was lacking discipline !! I'm sure that some people might find it a little strange at first (the fact that he only sleeps 4 hours a day or that he'll go to the gym in extreme pain from injury) as a matter of fact even I thought it was a little too extreme...but as I read on realized that discipline brought with it other qualities that are so rare in many people that I felt compelled to apply the lessons learnt. Qualities such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, reliability...etc..along with discipline are everything that you'll need to achieve and conquer the dreams and challenges in your life. These are the type of qualities that make an ideal human being and are all by-products of becoming disciplined. Discplined to be be the person you want to be and acheive the goals you want in life - this is what I believe Harris Kern is sharing with us throughout the book with his insiring stories about himself and others. The content is simple!! If you're seeking to become a better person in addition to achieving what you want then look no further. I've just ordered his other two books on discipline and can't wait.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2006
Something most of us could improve on is our own discipline, I know I stumble too often. Parenting puts it in your face daily, and you know you want your children to acquire discipline and other positive characteristics. But they learn by watching you, make no mistake. This book has some excellent guidance, and should cause you to look internally too. Hopefully we can all mentor AND model discipline with our own actions. Pick this book up, you will not be sorry. If you are a new parent, or about to be, you need to read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2006
I found this book to really get to the point of the matter. We have to spend time with our children if we what them to succeed in the new global environment. Friedman in his book the Flat World states that in China, Bill Gates is Britney Spears, but in the United States Britney Spears is Britney Spears, and that is our problem. Our children are a reflection of us and the world around them. If we place emphasis on learning and development of ones self, the chances are pretty good that they will succeed. Kern¿s is right on the money with this book. Mentor your children and the rewards will be their future successes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2006
If you are looking to get inspired. If you are ready to take the next step. If you want to know how discipline can change and positively impact your life, like it did for Harris Kern (the author) then read this book. If you are looking for some miracle cure for your laziness¿.then this book is not for you. You have to not only read this book but take action!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2006
Mentoring Children for Success defines what every parent should be aspiring to do once they decide to bear and rear kids. It is a life lesson-eternal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2006
¿ We as parents, make the decision to bring children into this world. However, we don¿t always do a fantastic job, let alone a good job teaching our kids the value of life-for the sake of their future. These authors who are also parents themselves remind us that simple mentoring/disciplining techniques can improve a child¿s life dramatically. Allowing a child to fend for himself is irresponsible on out part.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2004
Harris has given us the tools to succeed; in whatever course we take. Self-discipline is hard but it beats having someone else do it for us. In this book, Harris uses his own experiences as well as others to show us the way and the benefits of self-motivation, setting goals. Being disciplined may mean different things to different people. This book simplifies how anybody can improve his or her life by improving how they schedule their time and daily routine. Set goals and just do whatever it takes to achieve them. He also lists his favorite sayings, I have one that I think he would like, ¿Lead, Follow or get the ____ out of the way¿. Harris is the leader on this subject & I am happy to follow.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