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Self-Discipline in 10 Days: How to Go from Thinking to Doing

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Follow the system in this book and you will achieve more self-discipline in your work life, your personal life, and any other area of your life that you choose. You will go from dreaming, thinking, and planning to doing: Fast! You will quickly start to turn your ideas into actions and achievements. You will learn to apply simple techniques that will benefit you for a lifet ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by HUB Publishing (first published January 1st 1991)
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May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for tying up all the ends of sloppy thinking and moving out of comfort zones. If you're a procastinator and fed up with it, this is the book for you.

But it does require a level of commitment. It gets results if you follow the exercises. You will be "doing" 10 days after beginning the book, as it turned me from an overweight procrastinator into a slim, fit, "do-er".

No other books like this one, so get it NOW!!
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's the cheesy, hokey feeling that prevented me to keep on reading this book. If you are like me, you would prefer actually learning about the real nature of willpower based on scientific experiments, so this book probably won't satisfy you.

For a deeper understanding on willpower, you may want to give "Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal a try.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
For a book with "self-" in its title it is an exceptionally well written one. Bryant knows what he is talking about, it is not another kind of miracle-you-don't-even-have-to-finish-it-to-be-a-superman book. It is coherent, filled with advices and stories based on careful analysis of the way human mind works, and backed up with observations Bryant made during his long career in the field. You can read it in parts, it is designed for people who lack time, but doing what it tells you to do, you wil ...more
Biju Sukumaran
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down the best book on self-discipline I've ever read. It goes through psychological exercises to help pin point your particular breakdowns in discipline, then uses practical tools to counter them.

The book starts out a little hokey and sometimes appears like it's saying the usual advice, but then has a few recommendations added on that make all the difference. Stick with the book, and do the exercises.

Could not recommend this book more.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
Very straightforward, useful and funny. Caught my attention in page one and didn't stop until I finished it. ...more
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book taught me why we procrastinate. I've never really thought about it before so that helped me a lot.
I think that the steps in the book require more effort than the tasks I have to complete so I stopped using them after a few weeks.
It did motivate me to create my own method to be more organized and stop procastinating so in a way it changed my life.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book for procrastinators.

It doesn't deserve anything below 4-stars.

When you see other people's ratings here below 4-star feel free to ignore them completely.
After reading those I can clearly see that their "Hyde" is speaking instead of them :)

The author calls our internal identity by the name of Hyde.
This is a simplification.
We all have different (and many) internal identities that stop us from doing what we want or even need.

Yeah, he oversimplifies that, but for a reason.
If he would go into muc
Philip Watson
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
I didn't really learn anything new here, just stuff I'd heard before. Basically, you have a side of you ,which the author calls Hyde, that sabotages what you want to do and acts like a child, whom you need to come to terms with before you can get anything done. Also, you should understand your subconscious fears that prevent your success and do a lot of planning before you start working on your goals. Basically, that was it. It was OK, but I really wasn't that impressed. ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
The author takes a rather imaginative approach when it comes to discipline.
Saying that everyone has a 2nd personality he likes to call Hyde.

Hyde is the reason for your pessimism, cynicism and all the bad stuff.

You can say that Hyde doesn't like discipline and restriction and is all about fun, pleasure and all the good stuff.
That's why he tries to sabotage you.

It's not for everyone but it spoke to me more than scientific mumbo jumbo.


The real question is, does it work?

Yes, yes it does.

Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Helps ! a little !
As it said, to deal with a problem we must first recognize it. This books surely helps you do that. But solving is still in our hands. Writing goals and lists, everybody knows that! Still, this can help. Worth trying !
Alexandra Bordea
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I totally agree with Theodore Bryant when he said that self discipline is a teachable and learnable process,that it's not a personality trait.This book is suitable for everyone! ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
its was great book give us opportunity to have discipline in your working life, but hard to implement in our daily work considering the situation of Afghanistan
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self
This book demands reader participation. If you don't do the exercises, you won't know if it will work. While reading it I could hear my own Hyde telling me "come back to this later", "you don't really need to do this exercise now" just like with every other self-help book I've read. However I did not give in! Do you have to read it in 10 days? No. Take whatever time you need. Will your life change in 10 days? Not likely! You still have to do the work after reading the book! I had the opportunity ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a simple and effective book to help implement self discipline and be vary of things that can hinder it... but I didn’t really find it ground breaking - especially when I done the exercises I didn’t find them to create any ground breaking insights in me (as the book suggested it would ) to make me aware what could be negatively impacting my self discipline - surprisingly though this liberating realisation did teach me that there aren’t any under lying sub conscious issues I gotta be worr ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book gives some tips but I cannot say that the writing and the format is really that good. I didn't find the book too useful or entertaining. Furthermore there is a lot of fluff. Also, I believe that some of the stuff is somehow dubious. For example "VItaminds" (which are affirmations) have been shown that they do not help you that much in reaching your goal. So the science on it is rather dubious. I believe that Kelly McGonigal's book "The Willpower Instinct" is a much better book on this ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a part of you who DO NOT want you to build the SKILL of self-discipline.
Meet your inner Mr.Hyde, your fun-loving distracted inner-child and learn how to make it your friend so you'll enventually go from thinking to doing with more ease in your life.
I really enjoyed this book and did all the exercises with my girlfriend, she really gained a lot from it.
Anna Kuchina
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good book that not only explains what the self-discipline is, but also helps the reader to analyze his personality and deep physiological problems, it gives some practical exercises, and moreover, it presents practical advice and information about the self-discipline and explains how to achieve the best results in life.
Saurabh Chaudhry
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, plain and simple language. Some important things that I learned from the book are:
1) Importance of Reward system;
2) It is never about Time Management, its always about self management.
3) Set "Target Date" not "deadline".
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring 3 things, it would be this book, a pen and paper. In all seriousness, I cannot possibly recommend this book more heartily. It is all that is advertised and more, a complete 180° game changer.
CaraJoy Nash
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book (workbook) changed my life. The insights I gained about why I could never get anything accomplished, why change was so difficult, and simply why things just weren't going how I thought they would! If I could give this book to everybody I know....I so would! ...more
Kumar Priyadarshi
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
a book to keep re reading...nice one!
White Eggs
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Seemed promising but does not work
Fee Scott-Bolden
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
I absolutely appreciated this read, simple yet actionable, so far the best book I’ve read on the subject of self discipline.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the few short books that gives great tips to improve your self discipline. I enjoyed reading it. I could relate to the guides and visualize myself applying them.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nice applicable framework.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book reads like it's written for some sloppy-thinking, scatter-minded children.
Many arguments are unfounded. And many cliches are iterated.
Quite boring.

May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pop-psy
Not that bad for a 3 hour read and if you get it for free (the price of $15+ is ridiculous). Don't pay attention to the typical pop-psychology phrases, just grab few useful techniques that are presented.

Bonus: the illustrations should give you a warm nostalgic feeling of exploring Windows 95/98 in your childhood.
Ammara Balt
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A good book to read when you have had enough of reading scientific books about habits and discipline. Bryant has put things into a whole new perspective.
Ypatios Varelas
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book explores SOME of the aspects that stand as obstacles to action, presents some elementary exercises and actually is much worse than most of the "self-discipline" or "procrastination cure" books out there. If you have basic knowledge of human psychology and behavior, you don't need this. If you want to enhance your self-discipline skills, it might do you some good but don't expect to experience any dramatic change in "10 days", so the title is misleading. Thanks but no thanks. ...more
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