“No Excuses! The Power Of Self-Discipline” is Brian Tracy’s newest book. If you are familiar with self-help and business books, you most likely are aware of Brian Tracy. He is the author of numerous books and audio programs, as well as a few on DVD too. The line across the cover of this book says, “21 Ways to Achieve Lasting Happiness and Success.” That sums up the book very well. The book has 21 chapters that focus on different areas of personal success, business, sales, finances, and the good life and how self-discipline is the key to all of them.
Tracy start s off in the introduction by sharing why self-discipline, or self-mastery, or-self-control, really is the key to success. Tracy says that when you master the power of self-discipline, you will become unstoppable. He then describes the twenty-one areas of life in which according to him, the practice of self-discipline is vital to fulfilling your full potential and achieving everything that is possible for you.
The first seven chapters come under the topic of Self-Discipline and Personal Success. The seven areas covered are success, character, responsibility, goals, personal excellence, courage, and persistence. In a very practical and easy to read format, Tracy describes the importance of self-discipline in these areas and how you can succeed through hard work. If you have read or listened to Tracy previously, you know some of his message, especially in the goal chapter, a topic Tracy has taught in many formats. This chapter is not nearly as exhaustive as his goal programs, but provides some quick basics for those not yet setting goals, or a reminder for those who do.
The next seven chapters fall under Self-Discipline in Business, Sales, and Finances. Chapters look at work, leadership, business, sales, money, time management, and problem solving. Again, Tracy has longer books and programs on some of these topics, such as time management, however the chapters here provide great advice and encouragement, as well as how it is your self-discipline to make things work in all of these areas.
The final seven chapters fall under Self-Discipline and The Good Life. The topics here are happiness, personal health, physical fitness, marriage, children, friendship, and peace of mind. All extremely important in living a happy life. But all equally difficult at times, and incorporating self-discipline with the strategies and suggestions Tracy makes for these areas will undoubtedly help you live a more happy or “Good Life.”
Each chapter concludes with a list of “Action Exercises.” If you actually take a little time to do some of these, or all of these, you will gain the most from this book. Overall, I found it a very motivating and practical text, and I enjoyed reading it. Yes, some of the information here I’ve read or heard before, but that did not make it any less important. Sometimes we need to be reminded, or hear a message several times in different ways for it to sink in and for us to really take action and apply it.
If you want some motivational and practical advice on becoming more self-disciplined and living a more happy and successful life, this book contains just that. I recommend it for anyone looking for that little push to get and get going. Follow Tracy’s principles to achieve lasting happiness and success.
Alain Burrese, J.D. is a performance and personal development expert who teaches how to live, take action, and get things done through the Warrior’s Edge. Alain combines his military, martial art, and Asian experiences with his business, law, and conflict resolution education into a powerful way of living with balance, honor, and integrity. He teaches how to use the Warrior’s Edge to Take Action and Achieve Remarkable Results. Alain is the author of Hard-Won Wisdom From The School Of Hard Knocks, the DVDs Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking series, and numerous articles and reviews. You can read more articles and reviews and see clips of his DVDs as well as much more at http://www.burrese.com and http://www.aikiproductions.com
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