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Publisher's Summary

Your best intentions are not enough. Learn how to scientifically engineer a disciplined existence, become relentless, and never give up.

Whatever you want in your life, self-discipline is the missing piece. Goals will remain dreams if you make the mistake of relying on motivation and your best drawn plans.

The Science of Self-Discipline is a deep look into what allows us to resist our worst impulses and simply execute, achieve, produce, and focus. Every principle is scientifically-driven and dissected to as be actionable and helpful as possible. You'll learn how top performers consistently exercise self-discipline, as well as what drives us on an instinctual, psychological level to act.

This isn't just a book; it's a roadmap to the human psyche and will allow you to accomplish exactly what you set out to do, every time. When you understand what drives your cravings and the true roots of self-discipline, you'll be able to rise above your temporary discomfort and focus on what really matters. Discover every factor that impacts self-discipline for better or worse.

Break free of excuses, distractions, laziness, and temptations.

Peter Hollins has studied psychology and peak human performance for over a dozen years and is a best-selling author. He has worked with dozens of individuals to unlock their potential and path towards success. His writing draws on his academic, coaching, and research experience.

  • Beat instant gratification and create limitless motivation
  • The biological basis of self-discipline - and why it's beneficial to you
  • Discipline tactics for high performers such as Navy SEALs
  • Diagnosing what motivates you, what drains you, and what moves you emotionally
  • Engineering an environment and social circle that boosts self-discipline
©2017 Peter Hollins (P)2017 Peter Hollins

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Couldn’t finish

I found this boring and unrealistic. There was too much detail felt like a science lesson. Basically if you deprive yourself of everything you will become more discipline.

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  • Val
  • 2021-06-22

Good book

Great book but too similar to atomic habits for me, I was hoping for a bit more out of it.

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Pretty Good

It’s not a very long book but it had some interesting topics. I overall did enjoy listening to it.

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A good first self help book

A nice, quick look into discipline. As with many self-help books, some parts seem contradictory, but I suppose it's about striking a balance. The delivery is casual and easy to listen to. While many of the anecdotes are familiar, it brings up some good points about having concrete goals, and really considering WHY we want to be disciplined. For someone more well-versed with the self-help genre, it may not bring anything new, but to a first-timer without the time to invest heavily in reading, it brings up some key points and questions that one can choose to research more heavily on their own.

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very actionnable - excellent synthesis of topic

an excellent synthesis of many other books and research on the topic. it goes straight to the point and is very actionnable.

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  • A. Molnar
  • 2018-07-12

Same old tired rehash of studies and common sense

After only 4 chapters I was hit with yet ANOTHER recap of the famous Stanford Marshmallow Experiment (with a promise of more to come) as well as the study where people who were allowed to eat chocolate chip cookies instead of radishes did better on a subsequent cognitive test (will power being a limited resource argument) and heard amazing advice like... don't bring junk food that you don't want to eat into your house in the first place. This was followed by what is arguably a contradiction...increase your will power / self-discipline by exercising it (the frontal cortex I think) like a muscle to make it stronger! Ok,uh, then maybe I SHOULD buy junk food and practice resisting it?

Even a hint of an original thought or concept or approach and I would have given at least another chapter but.... no....just... can't. So many books building chapters off of already over-quoted and over-explained historical events and experiments as if they just discovered something fresh and ground breaking - and this is one of the most flagrant (again, after 4 chapters). I expect many more instances would have followed in later chapters. How about the one where the guy burned his ships so his army had no choice but to fight and win because their escape option was removed? Did I guess right? Was that one quoted later in the book as well?

Returning this. Other reviews on this one seem very generous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-03

worth every credit or dollar you spend on this boo

I was feeling so unmmotivated and unhappy at my job. After searching for a book that would pick me up and change my thoughts I'm glad I chose this book. I'm still at my current job but this helped understand that just because I'm feeling a certain way doesn't mean I have to immediately act on my emotions. discipline yourself. his stories and research done on discipline and habit forming goes well beyond the tools needed to change your life.

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  • Posinerd
  • 2018-03-30

If you are well-read, you've already read this one

I was disappointed, but I was also looking for another book and downloaded this one by accident. If you haven't read many self-help books, this may be a helpful, quick read for you. But if you are well-read, you've already been exposed to all this research, and there are no additional personal anecdotes added to the mix, after the introduction. It's not horrible, there's just no point in reading a summary of the 20 other books and research studies you've already read, and he simply summarized here. Thanks, but no thanks.

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  • Alexandra Rider
  • 2017-12-21

Excellent book on Self-discipline

The author provides concise, clear and doable advice. It really opened my mind and made me realize what I have been doing wrong and why some attempts at attaining goals have failed. He provides well researched information that supports his views.

Totally worth it. Every chapter is a mini study on the subject to help you expand if you are serious about conquering yourself once you arrive to the conclusion that YOU are responsible for your own successes and failures.

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  • Lauren
  • 2020-07-11

My favorite so far

I have listened to this book 5x now and I really enjoy that it is not too long, and narrated by the author. He is a very good story teller, entertaining, not boring or annoying, and his book inspired me to make a lot of changes

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  • Cindi Campbell
  • 2018-12-01

Exceptional Book!

Wow...just wow! I plan to listen to this book again. There are so many takeaways to put into my daily life! I enjoyed the audio version so much that I bought the Kindle version so I could annotate in the book! I LOVED all of the fitness references because that’s exactly what I was looking for! Thank you, Mr. Hollins!

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  • 2018-07-02

Excellent! !

I will listen to this several times to help me stay focused. Very helpful in all aspects of your life.

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  • 2018-03-01

Worth listening

Easy and interesing to listen, many usefull advices and thoughts that i'm sure going to use in my everyday life.

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  • Reginal Griffin
  • 2018-02-10

Great Story

Entertaining Stories, easy to follow along. Excersie were basic and doable if you really want to become a discipline person.

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  • matt acosta
  • 2021-04-04

3 hours of the obvious

I am not sure what I was expecting—admittedly my expectations could be off—-but there is nothing new, unique, or insightful in this book. The whole thing could probably be about two chapters max. I suppose some may need to hear this, but if your even remotely trying to exercise self discipline...you won’t learn much here.

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