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.

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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.”

-Plato

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.