The Danger of Instant Gratification
How to Develop Self-Discipline: The Seven-Step Formula
In their work at the Stanford Neuropsychology Research Laboratory “Self-Discipline” authors Steve DeVore and Karl Pribram studied the characteristics and behaviors of those who were able to delay gratification in their quest for difficult, long-term goals.
They also looked at the structure and function of the brain and nervous system in order to determine how the emotion behind delayed gratification was created and sustained. In this pursuit they discovered and refined a 6-step formula for developing the power of self-discipline, self-generated and sustained motivation.
A Sense of Purpose
The power behind self-discipline is a deep-seated core emotion that begins, builds and sustains the self-disciplined mindset. This emotion is first aroused when we have a well-defined, compelling purpose in mind — we know what we want to achieve — we have a reason to get out of bed each morning with anticipation and excitement.
A Belief of Possibility
This germinal emotion goes from a desire to a sense of possibility when we meet and study others who have achieved the same purpose we desire to achieve and find commonality with them. From these people we realize “They’re just like me. If they can do it, then so can I” and we break through the self-imposed limitations that have always held us back. This takes us from a sense of limiting impossibility to what is really possible for us.
An Emotionally Compelling Vision of the Future
Our purpose and sense of possibility begin to forge a strong emotional driving force when we create a detailed, sensory-rich image in our imagination of what life will be like when we achieve our purpose — and consistently re-play that heartfelt image in our mind’s eye until it becomes deeply rooted in our nervous system and becomes a magnificent obsession.
We call this “vision” — an image of an ideal future state that currently doesn’t exist but is desirable and possible to achieve — “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
This vision or “faith” is the compelling force behind all human action and achievement. Everything we do first begins as a desire in the mind’s eye that drives and compels us to the action necessary to pursue and fulfill that vision. In neuropsychology this “vision” is referred to as “the image of achievement — the language of the brain and the motivational force behind of all human endeavor and achievement.”
A Blueprint and a Commitment to Time
Once emotionally compelled to action the self-disciplined achiever, like an architect, creates a concise, step-by-step plan or blueprint of what they need to do to achieve their purpose, what resources they need and how long it will take. At this point, the self-disciplined “doer” makes a commitment to time. No matter how long it will take to achieve, they instill within themselves a long-term, sustained commitment to achieve their goal. This planning and emotional commitment to a long-term effort further stokes the emotional fire of motivation as the realization of the vision begins to take place in a skeletal structure.
The Acquisition of Knowledge, Skills — the Pursuit of Mastery — a Passion for Learning
Most of us are intimidated by and abandon our goal achievement effort when we’re faced with the prospect of having to learn and master new knowledge and skills. The self-disciplined achiever’s emotional driving forces overcome this self-doubt and they immerse and apply themselves in and to the process of learning and mastery. In this effort they eventually discover they are capable of learning new things and are able to develop a fine-tuned mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their vision. As a result whole new worlds of possibility open and the emotional fire within intensifies.
Persistence, Perseverance and Resilience — Sustained Energy.
The fire of emotion becomes so strong that self-disciplined achievers develop the strength and fortitude to persist through difficulties, persevere through physical exhaustion and pain and be resilient or continually bounce back and recover from setbacks and disappointment. They realize that anything and everything of worthwhile achievement and lasting value is a step-by-step, line-upon-line, precept-upon-precept process that takes time, consistent application, patience and endurance. They have the fortitude and energy to endure to the end.
The Fire Within: The Emotional Force That Drives the Self-Discipline Mindset
All of the steps above interact and combine to build the internal emotional fire that drives self-disciplined behavior and creates a dynamic self-discipline mindset.
Module One: Self-Discipline: Your Master key to Achievement
Module Two: A Profile of Success: The 10 Characteristics of the Self-Disciplined Achiever
Module Three: The Fire Within: Seven Steps to Developing Iron-Willed Discipline
Module Four: The Power of Purpose: How to Determine What You Really Want to Achieve
Module Five: The Magic of Mentors: How to Learn and Draw Inspiration from Models of Success
Module Six: The Magnificent Obsession: How to Transform Your Dream into a Sensory-Rich Vision of Success
Module Seven: Power Planning: How to Turn Your Vision into s Step-by-Step Blueprint of Achievement
Module Eight: The Time Connection: The Seasoning of an Achiever
Module Nine: Mega Learning: How to Master the Knowledge and Skills You need to Achieve Your Goals
Module Ten: Vision Quest: Winning Through Persistence and Perseverance
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As an award-winning keynote presenter, author and coach, Garion Bunn has been inspiring, educating and empowering people and organizations around the globe with his “goal-setter, go-getter message.” His high-energy seminars on leadership, employee engagement, team-building and customer service excellence offer practical, impactful strategies for success that leave participants “fired-up” and fueled to tackle the business challenges of the workplace.
After being told for years, “You know, you really should be writing all this down,” Garion began keeping journals, logging as many key points and principles as he could glean from his interactions with executives in his workshops. His seminar participants come from all levels of Fortune 500 corporations and diverse companies ranging from aeronautics and airlines to hospitals and hospitality. “I always learn more from my classes than I teach. I just try to keep up and give back. Everything I learn from my attendees goes right into each new class. Knowledge and experience builds from class to class. That’s how The Harry Experience came to be.”
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