While in prison camp, I struggled with procrastination and low motivation until an inmate handed me a book called Self Discipline in 10 days books by Theodore Bryant. This book is one of the best things I took away from my prison camp experience. This book helped me not to be so emotional or allow things to bother me. It also helped me be more productive.
According to the book,
“With Self-Discipline in 10 days, you will go from dreaming, thinking, and planning to do: Fast! You will quickly start to turn your ideas into actions and achievements. Take your first step toward self-discipline today by ordering now! You will learn: How To Overcome The 5 Common Psychological Roadblocks To Self-Discipline! How To Identify & Rid Yourself Of The Sub-Conscious Beliefs That Sabotage Self-Discipline! How To Use Simple Time Management Techniques! How To Program Your Psychological Functions For Maximum Self-Discipline!”
This book addresses defeatism, escapism, delayism, and cynicism. These are all things I’ve dealt with before, after and during prison camp. Being a writer, I developed a need for perfection which is why I needed this book. I also need this book because as a grown man, I believe I should be doing a better job with my life and career as a writer. Since I felt that way, I routinely saw myself as a failure because my writing career wasn’t what I would consider successful.
Bryant’s book also deals with other issues such as fear of success, fear of failure, mediocre, and fear of risk. I struggle with these issue too. I have a fear of people seeing me as a sellout if I become successful. I’m also afraid of what people might say if I don’t produce a winning product. To get results sometimes you have to take risks, but what if I take another risk and end up in prison camp again, or something worse.
There are two sides to every person. This book taught me that there is a part of me that will keep myself at status quo because I’m comfortable. However, I can’t allow that to happen because I know that wouldn’t lead to my true happiness. According to the book, I need to make regular goals and tasks that will help me overcome my struggles and then reward myself.
When you read this book, it will ask you several questions that will force you to look inside yourself. After answering those questions, I understood that my fear was all in my head.
This book also has asked me several questions that forced me to look into myself and understand that the fear I have is all in my head. I was able to conclude that the fears I have are not about what or how people think of me, but how I feel about the situation and what I would do to myself if something negative happened. Once I got beyond these emotional issues, I was able to come up with a to-do list that would help me be productive and not overwhelm me with outside problems and issues.
The list was centered on what I wanted to do and what I knew I could do in the time allotted to me. Now I make short, realistic goals that get me closer to achieving daily goals while increasing my confidence.
If you are a person with any of the issues I mentioned, please get your hands on Self Discipline in 10 days books by Theodore Bryant.