Achieve success, by conquering fear and mastering self-discipline. This is what you will learn from Keith Hill, Jr.’s book “Fighting Fear & Doing Discipline“. As a friend and contributor to this blog, I was delighted by the opportunity to preview his new book. In his book, Keith outlines the main things holding people back from accomplishing their goals, are fear and discipline. Having courage to overcome fear and having self-discipline are two vital elements in accomplishing any goal.
The characteristics that Keith discovered of exceptional people who do exceptional things is simply, bold courage backed by sound self-discipline. Explained in terms of a four person relay race; the first runner is “courage” and must explode off the starting blocks, the baton is next handed to “talent” the second runner. The next runner “knowledge” hands the baton to the anchor runner “self-discipline”. Think of self-discipline as the strongest runner and is the one who finishes the race.
“We are born with only two fears, fear of loud noises and fear of falling.”
The majority of the fears we have never even come to pass, but we are crippled by them nonetheless. One of the techniques to overcome fear Keith highlights is to admit to yourself you are experiencing the fear, and acknowledging that you have the ability to control your reaction to it. Fear is a habit that is learned, so therefore conquering fear also can become a habit that is learned. Many other insightful concepts to fighting fear are outlined throughout the book.
Doing discipline – It’s been said that discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most. Keith explains how those who are successful are willing to make the necessary sacrifices and delay their gratification. He offers tons of insight on self-discipline and how it equates to self-control and self-improvement. There are insightful chapters on procrastination, how it can be detrimental to self-discipline and how to overcome it. Perfectionism can also hinder success, so as Keith explains that perfection is not the objective, progress is. Things don’t need to be perfect in pursuit of your goals.
Tell me about starting your own business and the fears that you had to fight as a new entrepreneur?
The #1 fear was the day I left my full-time, well-paying job in around 2007. I didn’t really conquer the fear, I just took a leap of faith in spite of the fear. However, what I ended up learning over the years was that taking that leap wasn’t good enough. A lot of people take that leap and fail. I failed. I’m still picking up the pieces from those failures. Facing the fear is the first step, but without the proper due diligence through sound discipline then you can still face the fear and fail. The greatest and most usual form of victory is when you back up a courageous decision to act with the discipline to get the right information, to put together the right plan and then follow through with right action.
What was your biggest fear and how did you overcome it?
Writing this book! Well, I wouldn’t say it was my biggest fear, per se. But it was the first time I experienced fear in such a tangible way. I have become so self-aware about the feeling of fear that it scares me! Lol. I overcame the many fears that surfaced by applying the very principles I write about in this book.
How has doing self-discipline benefited you in starting your own business?
Courage started the business, self-discipline maintains and grows it. Working for yourself means creating your own schedule, completing tasks without supervision, etc. Without proper discipline, you may succeed, but you will never maximize your success. At the time of writing this, I just completed an audit for a client that I literally sat at my desk preparing for all afternoon into the early morning of the next day. I didn’t sleep that night. I committed to staying in my office until the work was done. Then I had to spend the day presenting my client’s books to the auditor. It was a success and none of this could have happened without discipline.
Who should read this book?
Keith is a certified Legal Bookkeeper and entrepreneur who faced his own fears to start his own business. He has spent over 10 years studying fear and self-discipline, utilizing his personal experiences, studying successful people and biblical wisdom. In his book, you will learn that being in control of your reaction to fears and being a disciplined person empowers you to achieve success. I can honestly say that I’m very impressed. I’ve read a lot of success, motivation, self-help books in my life and his book is up there with the best of them. I really like how he breaks success attainment down into two simple, straightforward ideas… fear and discipline. Click here to get your copy. You can reach Keith directly at his site: http://www.keithhilljr.com
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Noel B. Lorenzana
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