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How to Do What You Want to Do: The Art of Self-Discipline Paperback – Jun 1976


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr (Jun 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664241220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664241223
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,352,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really is one of the best ones I've come across for prompting to get off one's butt and get things done.
Firstly, in the chapter 'Champions Of Self Discipline', Paul gives a few examples of people who have overcome adversity to climb mountains, (though previously a 'cripple' ), undertake huge amounts of work from dawn til dusk, run 75 miles on their 75th birthday amongst others.
In the next chapter, we are shown why it is so easy to give up, as our natural instincts as an infant relied on us getting what we wanted straight away. He says there are pay-offs for lack of overcoming illnesses/injury, such as sympathy, welfare and insurance claims.

Paul cites two irrational beliefs that stop us 'getting to it':
1) That in order to do something we must do it perfectly, and
2) It is harder to not do something we've been putting off than it is to do it.

My favourite part of the book is the 'Techniques' section, where you will find practical advice on getting things done. Examples being to cut jobs down into sections, time yourself to see how long jobs actually take, ( you may surprise yourself as to how little time they take ), and to carry a notebook when you think of things to do. There are many more suggestions, it would be unfair to list them all.
After reading this book, I found myself doing tasks I'd long put off and still had time to relax and enjoy myself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
*The* Best Book on Self-Discipline Out There!! 19 Jun 2009
By Taiji 218 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've used the information and tips presented in this book, both with myself and with my patients and students since the book was first published back in 1976 (I was in grad school at the time).

Paul Hauck has a knack of writing very readable and understandable text. He expresses ideas simply that others present in a complicated way and by so doing, makes these concepts accessible to people who otherwise might be left out of the informational loop.

I strongly recommend this book to anybody past the seventh grade reading level. I've used it with middle school kids as well as with elderly people with very good success (not to mention university students of very high IQ).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great little book with a big impact! 21 Jan 2009
By Buck Nickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have had this book on my bookshelf for a long time now. I re-read it about every two years. It deals with 'the art of self discipline' (i.e. procrastination), a common problem most of us have to some degree. The focus of the book is the application of Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)to problems of delay and procrastination. It is simple and easy to read, but surprisingly astute at reaching to the core of this problem. He even includes parts of actual therapy session transcripts where people go to great lengths to rationalize their behaviors. The girl who tries to justify her shoplifting is almost funny, if it wasn't so sad. I recommend it highly. It's short, easy to understand and contains several great ideas for battling a common problem. It's worth hunting for, even though out of print.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book for self-discipline 3 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books available,on self discipline.It shows you with tons of examples,how and why it is difficult to discipline oneself,and some practical examples that really work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Practical, Helpful, Truly one of the best!!! 16 Nov 2012
By alicn26 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As far as self-help / self-improvement books go (I have probably read around 50 over the years), this is at least in my top 3! In the category of REBT/RET therapy books, it is my favorite because it is general and all-encompassing. If you like other RET/REBT books, you will absolutely like this one. It is extremely concise, easy to read and understand. The techniques for discipline are hands-down the most effective I've tried and the explanations of lack of discipline are helpful as well. I think everyone could benefit in some way from reading this book and either applying it themselves or simply use it as a tool to understand others. I find myself a much happier and less disturbed person after reading it in just three short sittings and practicing the simple techniques from the book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Practical and useful 21 Mar 2013
By K. S. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers all that needs to be said about self-discipline. In some places it seems simplistic but all of the topics are necessary. It helped me to review my thoughts and actions in the past and decide how to change things in the future. I think this book would be especially good for young people who have a long time to benefit from it. It needs to be reread for the maximum effect.
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