Chapter 7: Self-Discipline & Persistence

“Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in 10,000 may succeed. These are fearful odds.”

-Benjamin Disraeli

1. Identify one area in your life in which you need to persist even harder to achieve your goal, and then take action in that area.

Getting to college.

2. Identify a goal in your life you did not accomplish because you failed to persist through to completion. What steps could you take today to succeed in that area?

Going to the last home basketball game. If I had been better at time management then I could have taken care of other necessary things before hand so that I would have been able to attend.

3. Identify one goal that you achieved because you persisted and refused to give up, no matter how difficult it became.

I got out of my hitting slump. I went to the eye doctor because it was suggested and I had nothing else to lose and from that day on my batting got better and better.

4. Decide on your major definite purpose in life, the one goal that if you achieved it, would have the greatest positive impact on your life.

5. Write down your goal clearly, make a detailed plan of action to accomplish it, and then tell yourself that “failure is not an option.”

I will graduate high school with an advanced diploma. Failure is not an option. I have already made it this far, so even with baseball season ongoing right now, I will continue to strive for that brass ring, and take it!

6. Make a decision today that you will persist until you succeed, no matter what happens, because “I am unstoppable.”

7. Resolve to set and achieve one important goal, overcoming the inevitable difficulties, problems and setbacks you will experience, and to work at it until you succeed. Repeat this process over and over until persistence becomes a habit.


Chapter 6: Self-Discipline & Courage

“Courage is not absence of fear; it is control of fear, mastery of fear.”

-Mark Twain

1. Identify your three biggest fears in life, right now. What are they?

(1) Losing people that I love and deeply care about. (2) Failing at one of my life goals. (3) That I may be forced to choose a career that I am really not interested in.

2. Determine what you would do in each of these situations you were guaranteed of complete success. What actions would you take?

(1) Well if I lost a relationship or bond with someone, I would desperately try to keep it alive but if they are called by the Lord then I will of course miss them but be happy for them that they found the highest level of love and peace. (2) I want to accomplish all of what God has in store for my life, so I would pray on it, ask God what is that he has called me to do and then pursue that to the best of my ability. (3) I should try to open up my mind to new and different possibilities and try new things and different fields of interest.

3. What have you always wanted to do but been afraid to attempt? What would you do differently if you were guaranteed success?

Skydiving. I am not old enough to try it without a parent’s signature so when I reach that benchmark I might try to divulge in it.

4. In what three areas of life and work do you most experience the fears of failure and loss? What steps could you take immediately to confront and eliminate those fears?

School, sports, and everyday living. The way to get rid of control your fears is to deal with them directly and have courage.

5. In what three areas of life do you most experience the fears of criticism, rejection, or embarrassment? How could you confront these fears and overcome them?

School, your peers, and jobs. You should confront your fears head on and challenge them. If you don’t, then how will you know if you could have overcome them or not.

6. What one great goal would you set for yourself if you knew you could not fail?

I would become the greatest baseball player that ever lived.

7. What would you do differently in life if you had $20 million in the bank, but only ten years to live?

I would certainly enjoy my ten years but most importantly take care of my family and make sure they are well off before I pass on.

Chapter 5: Self-Discipline & Personal Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit.”


1. Make a decision today to invest in yourself and getting better, as if your future depends on it-because it does.

2. Identify the most important skills you have that determine the quality and quantity of results you get at your work, and make a plan to get better in each one.

Persistence, focus, and responsibility. These are my most important skills of work.

3. If you could wave a magic wand and become absolutely excellent in any one skill, which one skill would have the greatest impact on your earning ability? Whatever your answer, set that skill as a goal, make a plan, and work on it every day.

Intelligence. Yes I am a smart guy, but there are plenty others who are smarter and I believe knowledge is power and I can improve this a little each day by using different resourceful skills.

4. Set excellent performance in your work as a goal, and then determine exactly what you will need to join the top 20 percent or better in your field.

5. Look ahead three to five years and determine the new knowledge and skills you will need in order to lead your field in the future. Then start acquiring them today.

6. Select the top person in your field, the one you admire most, and use him or her as a role model for your own development.

Joseph Seale is my role model because he might not have the “effortless genius” trait like Mary Rose but he is right with her in grades because he works hard.

7. Commit yourself to lifelong learning, and never let a day go by without getting better in some area.

Chapter 4: Self Discipline & Goals

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

-Jim Rohn

1. Resolve today to “switch on” your success mechanism and unlock your goal-achieving mechanism by deciding exactly what you really want in life.

2. Make a list of ten goals that you want to achieve in the foreseeable future. Write them down in the present tense, as if you have already achieved them.

(1) Graduate high school. (2) Graduate high school with an advanced diploma. (3) Decide on a college. (4) Get a spot on the baseball team at the college I have chosen. (5) Successfully enjoy  my time left in high school as a student while being a diligent worker. (6) Play my whole senior season of baseball and have fun with it. (7) Be a good teammate and play for my team. (8) Don’t have a bad game on the mound this year. (9) Help somebody when they are down but don’t try to be the disciplinarian. (10) Play hard, play good, but play for God.

3. Select the ine goal that could have the greatest positive impact on your life if you were ro achieve it, and write it down at the top of another piece of paper.

Graduate high school and decide on a college.

4. Make a list of everything you could do to achieve this goal, organize it by sequence and priority, and then take action on it immediately.

I can be a diligent, responsible, hard working student and strive for academic achievance in all of my classes. Then in my free time decide on what college is right for me depending on goals, environment and majors.

5. Practice mind storming by writing out twenty ideas that could help you achieve your most important goal, and then take action on at least one of those ideas.

Don’t give up, overcome adversity and always try to become better at something than the last time.

6. Resolve to do something every day, seven days a week, to achieve your most important goal.

7. Continually remind yourself that “failure is not an option.” No matter what, resolve to persist until you succeed.

Introduction: The Miracle of Self-Discipline

There are a thousand excuses for failure but never a good reason.”

-Mark Twain

Salutations viewers, my name is Michael Davis and I am a 17 year old high school student at NRCA and my class and I are  currently reading the book No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline.  The first part of the book talks about several things such as humble beginnings, who should read this book, and mostly it introduces the important topic of self-discipline. It talks about other crucial points but as the title of the book implies, self discipline may be probably the most talked developing habit in this book. I cannot wait to read further into the book though to find out.


Chapter 3: Self-Discipline & Responsibility

“The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him-and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.

-J. Paul Getty

1. Resolve today to accept 100 percent responsibility for everything you are and for everything you become. Never complain, never explain.

That would help me to overall become a more responsible person.

2. Look into your past and select a person or incident that still makes you unhappy today. Instead of justifying your negative feelings, look for reasons why you were partially responsible for what happened.

There was a time when I was supposed to pick up a certain person but I was unable to due to my car needing to be serviced. I however had my designated driver come back to get the person but they were not there. I was upset because I was not contacted to be notified that they were already gone. So I made the driver waste their time and gas to do me a favor but if I had made my plans fully aware and fully known at an appropriate time before hand, there wouldn’t have been any confusion and the quarreling afterwards could have been avoided.

3. Select a relationship in your past that made you unhappy, and then give three reasons why you were partially responsible for what happened.

Don’t really have any relationships that made me unhappy but I have been bullied before and I’m not sure how I am to blame. I was just being myself but I guess myself was not appealing to those certain people.

4. Select one person in your past with whom you are still angry and resolve to forgive that person completely for what happened. This act will liberate you emotionally.

By liberating myself emotionally, I can move on in life to more important things and such feelings of animosity will not hold me back.

5. Accept complete responsibility for your financial situation and refuse to blame any financial problems on anyone else. Now, what steps are you going to take to resolve that situation?

Apply for a job after baseball season is over and work that job to receive monetary pay. Time management is one of the habits in this book that could help me organize my work schedule and other things of importance.

6. Accept complete responsibility for your family situation, with each person, and then take immediate action to improve your relationships wherever there may be problems.

By doing so I can improve my family life and like I highlighted in the Action Exercises in Chapter 1, my family life may work towards being more ideal.

7. Accept 100 percent responsibility for your health. Resolve today to do or stop doing whatever is necessary for you to attain excellent all-around health.

I already take full responsibility for my personal health. I am the one who chooses to eat what I eat, how much I eat, and when I eat it. I also choose how I exercise, when I exercise, and what exercises I do. I take full responsibility and by doing so, I don’t owe anyone a thing but myself. Only person I owe anything to is Jesus Christ and to Him, I owe my life.

Chapter 2: Self-Discipline & Character

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everyone else.”

-Henry Ward Beecher

1. Name three people, living or dead, who you most admire and describe one quality of each of them that you respect.

My grandmother, my mother, and my father. They all three have the discipline of patience.

2. Determine the most important virtue or quality in your life that you strive the most to practice or emulate.

Selflessness. I like to think of myself as an unselfish person and a pretty generous and benevolent human being.

3. Identify those situations in which you feel the most confident, in which you feel like the very best person you could possibly be.

When I humble myself when faced with an obstacle and then I come out on top. Certain situations would include baseball games, school tests or exams, or personal challenges.

4. What situations give you your greatest feelings of self-esteem and personal worth?

When I become the best I can be. When I hit that homerun, or when I throw that no hitter, or when I ace that test. Certain moments when I feel like my back is against the wall and I am doomed to fail but in the end I succeed.

5. If you were already an excellent person in every respect, how would you behave differently from today onward?

That is a very interesting question but I honestly don’t know. I would like to say that I wouldn’t change, but if I were excellent in every respect, I probably would be an all around successful and efficient person.

6. What one quality would you like people to think of when your name is mentioned, and what could you do to ensure this happens?

Reliability. I am a pretty considerate person of my friends and their feelings, problems, and situations. If I am needed or am to be trusted with something, I would try to help in any way possible and if I should fail, which I do everything within my power not to, I would accept full responsibility.

7. In what one area do you need to be more truthful and practice higher levels of integrity than you do today?

My character is great in some areas but lacking in others. So to be honest with myself I should practice higher levels of integrity of it. I make sure to respect those ahead of me especially with the usual formalities of mam and sir, but my language and attitude are not always the best. However, I believe that with the Holy Spirit’s conviction over me, I can become better in these specific areas.

Chapter 1: Self-Discipline & Success

“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”


1. If your work life and career were ideal, what would they look like? What one discipline could you develop that would help to achieve it?

I would be a professional baseball player or a practicing medical physician. I could apply the discipline of writing down my short-term goals and achieving those first and then by doing so working my way, gradually and efficiently, towards my ultimate goal.

2. If your family life were ideal, what would it look like, and what one discipline would help you the most to make it a reality?

Well if my family life were ideal, I would know all of my family members but I could work on time management so that I could take more time of my schedule to visit them.

3. If your health were perfect in every way, what disciplines would you have that make it possible?

Personal health, physical fitness, persistence, and work are a few disciplines that would make perfect health easier to accomplish.

4. If your financial situation were ideal today, what one discipline would you have that would help you the most?

Work. You can receive monetary pay for work.

5. Why aren’t you already as successful as you would like to be, and what one discipline would help you the most to achieve all your goals?

Because I am just in high school and I have not had the opportunity to try and accomplish anything on my own more than a simple school assignment or project, an athletic goal, or any other small personal goal.

6. What one skill could you develop that would help you to realize more of your goals?

Courage. A lot of times I may not pursue a specific task because I lack the courage or confidence to try and tackle it head on.

7. If you could wave a magic wand and be completely disciplined in one area, which one discipline would have the greatest positive impact on your life?

Happiness. I sometimes find myself always thinking of one of many flaws. I wish I could learn to accept myself for who I am ALL OF THE TIME, FLAWS AND ALL.