In this article, I will be explaining the key concepts from the audiobook “Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline” by Steve DeVore and Dr. Karl Pribam. They have conducted research on the Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline at the Stanford University Neuropsychological Research Laboratories. The goal of this article is to be a kind of “handbook” to self-discipline. Just to be clear, I included some of my own ideas and I have also simplified a few concepts. The main point stays though, and this article should be self-sufficient to help you achieve the Iron-Willed Self-Discipline you need.
Self-discipline is the master key to success. With it, you can accomplish everything. Without it, nothing worthwhile or lasting can be achieved.
What is so great about Self-Discipline?
- Self-discipline is a skill that can be learned and converted into a habit – which essentially means that it becomes almost effortless once you’ve mastered it.
- With self-discipline, you can accomplish anything you desire. Nothing humanly possible will be impossible for you when you are self-disciplined.
- Self-discipline will increase your self-confidence and empower you with determination, intestinal fortitude, and strength.
- In addition, self-discipline will give you a new passion for life. You will become more energetic and have more of a drive to achieve.
- Self-discipline will make you sought after as a leader – a role model for others to emulate and respect.
- Being self-disciplined will sharpen and refine your thinking and analytical abilities.
- Self-discipline will magnify your creativity. When your limitations are eliminated, innumerable possibilities and ideas continually flood your imagination.
You should keep in mind that
- Talent, education, and intelligence are not the sole keys to success.
- Self-Discipline is a skill that can be learned.
- Mastery takes time.
- Self-discipline unlocks your innate power to achieve.
- The key to the Self-Assessment process is honesty.
- Developing the skill of self-discipline is a dynamic process of self-discovery and self-creation.
- Self-awareness alone is rarely sufficient to stimulate change.
- Emotion unchecked is wasted energy. Emotion harnessed is the fuel for self-discipline.
- An emotionally compelling purpose is the foundation of the power of self-discipline.
- Your statement of purpose should reflect your inner-most desire – what you want to achieve in life above all else.
- Planning is a master skill of the self-disciplined. It is much easier to achieve your goals if you know precisely where you are going, the steps that will get you there, and how long it will take you to achieve it.
- Procrastination is usually the fear of failure rather than laziness.
- The self-disciplined person is not easily diverted from his goal-oriented activities. They know how to resist the temptations that would divert time and energy from the completion of their priority activities.
- Self-disciplined people are not intimidated by the thought of a long-term commitment to the achievement of a goal.
- Being Self-Disciplined is not a punishment, it is the reward. If you’re working towards a goal you truly want to achieve, it will never feel like work, even when it’s hard, it will feel like fun and you will love it.
- You don’t need to study the Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline, you can just learn the main concepts of it in this article and then begin your transformation.
Seven Steps for Iron-Willed Self-Discipline
- Defined Purpose – you must know which way are you going, without this step the whole self-discipline is meaningless.
- Models of Possibility – you must believe that you can achieve your goal, find someone who has done something similar, and use them as your role model.
- Sensory Vision – you must imagine yourself already in the position of success, imagine every single detail. It will make you desire it even more.
- Burning Desire – after seeing yourself achieving your goal, use your emotions as the fuel.
- Planning – you must remain realistic, make a plan that can actually be done, and never post-pone plans. When plans don’t work out, don’t give up. Make a new plan and keep going towards your goal.
- Learning – you must remain open-minded and willing to learn. There is always something new to learn, and if you stop learning, you stop growing. The moment you stop growing is the moment you begin dying.
- Persistence – make sure that you do something every day to get closer to your goal. Consistency makes it a lot easier to remain on track.
The Four Step Mega-Learning System
- Recognize your need to learn new knowledge or skill.
- Relate the learning to the achievement of your goal. How will it help you achieve your purpose and vision?
- Relate the principles of what you are learning to your own experience. Translate “X’s” and “Y’s” into apples and oranges – the abstract into concrete things and images drawn from your own experience.
- Make permanent what you learn through experimentation and application. Immediately find a practical use for your new knowledge or skill and then apply it repeatedly in real-life situations.
Don’t Aim to Study like in School, Aim to Learn
- Learning is not memorizing facts, that’s what you do in school and it’s called studying. Learning is understanding new principles and applying them in your day-to-day activities.
- Ninety percent of learning is your belief in your ability to learn. You can learn anything you believe you can learn.
- Learning new knowledge and skills requires time, patience, day-to-day study, application, and experimentation.
- Most people confuse their inability to learn certain subject matter with aptitude rather than attitude and application.
- Successful learning of new knowledge and skills breeds confidence in your ability to tackle and learn more new knowledge and skills.
- Knowledge and skill seasoned with experience is the fuel of creativity.
The Four Keys to Developing Persistence and Perseverance
- Rekindle and re-fire your purpose and vision every day. Draw daily inspiration from the rewards you will receive when your vision is realized.
- Anchor the following attitude deep within your mind and heart: “With self-discipline, I can achieve anything that I set my mind to, no matter how much hard work it takes, no matter how difficult it is, no matter how long it takes. I can and will achieve it.”
- Realize that obstacles and setbacks will be set on your pathway as you strive to attain your purpose and vision. Realize that these difficulties are really opportunities from which you can learn new insights that will strengthen your resolve and increase your knowledge.
- Turn your work into fun. Make what you have to do something you want to do.
You can change if you choose to
- Most people give up on their goals when they discover there is real work involved. Rather than dive right into the mainstream of work, they look for shortcuts. When they realize that the short cuts don’t work, they give up.
- When you are faced with an obstacle or setback, believe that your problem can and will be solved—rather than surrender to failure.
- Develop the courage and maturity to face your faults and weaknesses and then correct them.
- Failure is only a failure if you fail to learn from it.
- The emotion you draw from your vision is the sustaining power of persistence and perseverance.
In conclusion, self-discipline can have many benefits. For instance, after you become self-disciplined, you can get rid of depression, if the cause of it is a lack of meaning. In other words, once you’re on your way to achieving your goal, only issues that will stand in your way are the ones that you will deal with, you will not care as much about other things, since they won’t matter anymore. Remember that this article is not just a made-up idea of success that might or might not work. Everything in this article was based on the real study of the Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline and combined with my own experience.
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ThePro’s Fun Fact
The original copy of the Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline was released on January 1st, 1988.