Again and Again: Still on Self-Discipline

Conquering Procrastination and Harnessing Willpower in 5 Steps
Julio Lara
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I was fortunate to get this free on Amazon Kindle First some months back. Vital and practical points are succintly set forth and the reader can quickly relate to them and also put them to use.

I particularly like his challenge here and I am quoting from the book,

Develop Your Personal Productivity

Chances are that you have or at least want the best and fastest computer you know, and the best and most updated software related to your industry. You also have or want the fastest and the most useful smartphone that the market offers. You drive or would like to drive that new car model that claims to be the fastest, or the most efficient. You thrive for efficiency in every aspect of your life and that is great. But do you hold the same standards for yourself?

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I take reviews seriously and I am not entirely surprised that many other reviewers rated it as 5 stars on Amazon. I think this is because readers can pick up most of the ideas highlighted by the author and start running with them immediately on their quest towards leading and living more disciplined, more effective and more fruitful lives.

The free copy I got from Amazon has several grammatical errors and I expect that the author should have corrected them by now. In my own opinion, these errors did not distract from the main message. Correcting them will further help to enhance readers’ understanding of the book.

One will always do well to be always wary with books that propose quick-fixes easy steps solutions to achieving anything. This book in my opinion is not one of those quick-fix books inspite of what the title seems to suggest.

The 5-Steps as posited by the author are as follows

  • Acknowledgment: To accept what we can and can’t do is the first step. By acknowledging our shortcomings, we can come up with the best possible plan in order to counter our weak spots.
  • Harnessing Willpower: Understanding the true nature of willpower and its limits is of utmost importance if we want to harness it. By doing so, we can use willpower efficiently, and make it work with us and not against us.
  • Thrive for Challenges: Nothing worthwhile comes without some kind of challenge. Changing the way we see challenging moments or situations is not only positive to improve our self-discipline, but it also has amazing effects in every other area of our life.
  • Automatize: Getting rid of the small tasks that suck our energy and time every day, and automatizing those tasks that we cannot avoid is vital when we are pursuing our dreams and goals.
  • Perseverance: Nobody gets to become an expert, or even a decent performer, on his or her first try. Failure is a natural part of life and should never stop you from trying.

The author clearly stated what in his opinion were the 5 steps to overcoming procrastination and harnessing willpower. Again, he never made it get lost on readers that this goal  will be attained without discipline and perseverance.

In my opinion, this book is so good that I will be reading it over and over again. I will be buying copies for my grown up kids.

From the book I quote:

[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Understand that “not being good enough” is not a death sentence; it is simply one additional step to take on your way to your goals[/clickandtweet]. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]If you are not good enough, then get good enough. And don’t say you can’t.[/clickandtweet] Today you have something that no one has ever had before you, not your parents or your grandparents: You have the whole knowledge of the human race at the distance of your hand, and you can access it practically anywhere, anytime. Yet, you spend a great deal of free time watching funny videos.

Wealth and financial success have nothing to do with your current circumstances, but with your mindset; it’s not about resources, it’s about resourcefulness.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Let’s never forget that self-discipline is closely connected to motivation, which is derived from a purpose driven life and passion.