About as close to a universal human problem as we can get is the self-discipline choice point: where one option is more pleasant, but a different option is more ethical or has better long-term results. It's hard to make choices so as to serve your long-term goals if you haven't formulated those goals. Put another way, we use self-discipline to make good things happen, not just to prove how tough we are. Thus a good part of this book has to do with skills of goal-selection, refinement of goal formulations, identifying obstacles to goals, fantasy rehearsing the key choice points for achieving those goals, monitoring progress toward goals, and so forth.

 

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Meaning and Worth of Self-discipline
Chapter 4: What's the Point of Self-Discipline? Choosing Goals
Chapter 18: Organization Skills for Self-discipline