No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy to some may be written in the familiar Brian Tracy fashion. The “spin” on this book is 21 Ways to Achieve Lasting Happiness and Success. The rule of thumb states that it takes 21 days to make a new, break an old (bad) or change a habit. Good or bad, it is what it is, so why not adopt a tenet that embraces who you want to be? Not necessarily a brand “new” you, but a more focused, purpose-filled, accountable you. But, keep in mind that being successful doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re smarter than the next person.
Let’s be clear, not all the information presented in No Excuses! is new, not even revolutionary…it’s all about timing. As well as, being ready to make a change, and going in a different direction. So, when is it the right time to hear what you should be doing to get further ahead in your personal and/or professional life? If now is the time, then NO Excuses! is the book to get you started.
No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline is written as if it were your own personal coach, or a partner to keep you company on your journey. It is inspiring and motivating, while forcing you to take a deeper look at yourself. If you honestly answer the “hard” questions and compete the action exercises found at the end of each chapter you will find yourself becoming more accountable and in better control of your unfolding destiny. The pearls of wisdom shared are timely and doable; which can offer you opportunities for much self-reflection.
Not sure where to start? There are 21 chapters, so you can read those that interest you the most first, then read the others or read the chapters in order, like a step-by-step guide. Just as you have many chapters to choose from, there are just as many ways you can benefit from reading this book. You can:
- Go solo or read it with a partner (a partner helps to keep you accountable).
- Read one chapter a week and practice/implement that discipline/chapter per week for 21 weeks.
- Read the entire book and then implement/practice one discipline each day for 21 days.
- Do something new on your job (business, hobby, passion, purpose) for 21 days straight.
There are a couple of points that are worth mentioning that can make a difference in your professional development:
- “Become a member of the top 20% of your field, because 20% of the people earn and enjoy 80% of the money and rewards.”
- “The Seven-Step Method to Achieving Your Goals will enable you to accomplish 10 times more than you have ever accomplished before.”
- “Invest 3% of your income back into yourself. According to the American Society of Training & Development, this is the percentage that the most profitable 20% of companies in every industry invest in the training and development of their employees.”
- “Follow these three simple: a). Read something concerning your field for 60 minutes each day. b). Listen to educational audio programs in your car each day (or weekly). c). Attend courses and seminars regularly.
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There is a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.” – Harry Browne
- “In personal strategic planning, your goal is to get the highest “return on energy” from your activities. Where are you spending most of your energy? Are you getting the best ROI (Return on Investment) on you?
The key takeaway to this book is to become more self-disciplined in your day-to-day activities. To position yourself where you have the power to “open doors for yourself that no one can close,” and sail away from “Someday Island.” In case you are confused about what “Someday Island” is. It is a place where procrastination lives, and the inhabitants speak the language of “Someday.” Someday I will do this, someday I will do that, which can lead to the fatal disease of regret.