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No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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Self-discipline, of course. At least that's what self-help guru Brian Tracy claims in "No Excuses! 21 Ways to Achieve Lasting Happiness and Success." Tracy's latest book describes how you can use self-discipline to become a successful, "superior" person in 21 areas of your life.
Yes, Tracy does occasionally use the rather Nietzschian language of "superior people" vs. "weak and irresolute people." But his advice throughout "No Excuses" is so sound, and the book is so readable, that Tracy may just convert you into a self-disciplinarian by the last page. He certainly had me interested long before that.
Tracy quotes Elbert Hubbard to define self-discipline as "the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not." He tells you how to employ self-discipline in 21 well-organized, easy to follow chapters. These chapters are clustered into groups of seven, which in turn make up the three parts of the book.
Part I covers self-discipline and personal success. This part covers things like goals, courage, and persistence, and how self-discipline helps you master them. Part II tells you how to use self-discipline in business, sales, and finances. Part III talks about quality-of-life issues like personal health, fitness, and marriage, and how you can use--you guessed it--self-discipline to achieve success in those areas.
Each chapter features a number of end-of-chapter exercises to get you moving in the right direction. Unlike many other books I've read, these exercises are good. Tracy truly helps you figure out where you are in each area of your life, and what you need to do to find success.Read more ›
As the introduction states, "Your ability to think, plan and work hard in the short term and to discipline yourself to do what is right and necessary before you do what is fun and easy is the key to creating a wonderful future for yourself." Just like the Colonel, we know the right things to do, but often choose an easier route. This is why self discipline is the key ingredient needed to break the habit of mediocrity.
All of Brian Tracy's books are well worth reading, and I have to put this one in the top two or three. Here Tracy explores self discipline and how its' refinement and application benefit so many aspects of life. This is self discipline as it applies to everything from money to relationships; goal setting to problem solving.
The book is broken into three main parts, Self Discipline and Personal Success; Self Discipline and Business, Sales and Finances; and finally Self Discipline and The Good Life. Each part has 7 related chapters. Each chapter concludes with Action Exercises.
You won't have much success getting where you want to be in life without a big dose of self discipline. This book will help show you the way; how to build it, and how to apply it.
|Length: 7:56 Mins|
~ Brian Tracy from No Excuses!
Brian Tracy is one of my favorite old-school, kick-your-motivation-into-high-gear gurus.
I've read a *lot* of his stuff and listened to a *lot* of his stuff as well. He asks some of THE most provocative questions and reading his books often leads to some long journaling sessions packed with insight.
This book is packed with wisdom on how to get our self-discipline on. I highlighted nearly the whole thing in my Kindle and this Note is from Ideas in only the first half of it. :)
"I discovered that you can achieve almost any goal you set for yourself if you have the discipline to pay the price, to do what you need to do, and to never give up."
If you're resonating with the Ideas here, I think you'll love the book!
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
Someday Isle - It's time to vote yourself off.
The Battle Within - Lawyers, wolves, and angels.
Think Long-term - And rock it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great book from Brian Tracy. Some of the content is similar to things I've read in other BT books. But its because they work and they are some pretty universal truths. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Global Chillin'
I am 25 years old and I am truly interested in directing and leading my life. This book is incredible. The advice, breakdowns, and analysis are just beyond my expectations. Read morePublished 19 days ago by TC09
The first few pages seemed very non-secular, and I almost threw the book away. It isn't! Keep reading.Published 1 month ago by Brent Willner
This is straight forward with delivering the formula of how successful people become successful in every area of their lives.Published 1 month ago by Melissa Ponce
When I first began listening to Brian Tracy's audio CD, I would fall asleep within minutes and wake up after it had stopped. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss Betsy
What's the big deal about self-discipline? JUST DO IT, right? Easier said than done! What this book explains is WHY we need to do it, and the amazing results that are not only... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Fox