Master Self-Discipline
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Master Self-Discipline

A step-by-step guide to overcoming the trouble areas of your life and unlocking your true potential,
3.9 (23 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2015
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 hour on-demand audio
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the 2 fears that hold you back and how to prevent self-sabotage
  • Apply the principles of self-accountability and accountability to others properly
  • Change one habit at a time for lasting change
  • Simplify your life and quickly build up your reserves of self-discipline
  • Understand how the brain uses the reward-habit loop to create new habits and curb bad ones
  • How to apply the principles of self-discipline to almost every area of your life
  • Grasp the importance of health in your self-discipline efforts through optimizing nutrition, exercise, stress management and sleep
  • Persevere through the inevitable obstacles you will face
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Do you struggle with procrastination, poor money habits or your weight ?

Are you disorganized, suffer from a lack focus or spend to much time surfing the internet and watching TV ?

Then chances are you have an issue with self-discipline.

In the Master Self-Discipline course you will learn how to build your self-discipline using time-tested wisdom and cutting-edge advances in neuroscience and psychology, presented in a simple and easy to understand way.

You'll learn the 7 key steps to help you build remarkable self-discipline without being overwhelmed, each step building on the last.

  1. Your Own Worst Enemy
  2. Accountability is Key
  3. One Habit at a Time
  4. Simplify your Life
  5. Use Rewards
  6. Be Healthy
  7. Persist

The principles of self-discipline are both universal and applicable to almost any area of your life – in fact, you'll very often find once you tackle one problem area, the other areas seemingly get easier ! Intrigued ? Find out why.

This is not your average course on goal setting or short-term fixes, instead this course focuses on changing behavioural patterns to help bring long lasting, if not permanent changes. Because without self-discipline, any goal is really just a wish.

In many ways self-discipline is the great equalizer. You may not have been born as bright, athletic or as attractive as other people - or even with as many opportunities, but with self-discipline you can level the playing field.

What do you get from this course ?

  • 24 lectures with over 3 hours of content.
  • 2 Ebooks to complement the course material
  • Many simple but effective strategies you can implement today to unlock your potential

What are the requirements ?

  • Fluency in English
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for people who are struggling with procrastination, poor spending habits, their weight or a lack of focus who are ready to make lasting changes with a little bit of effort
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
1 Lecture 07:34

Pre-test your knowledge of self-disicpline. Don't worry if you don't do well !

This will not go down on your permanent record
4 questions

A quick over view of the 7 steps we are going to follow to build self-discipline. Each section builds on the last until we have a 'fool proof' approach to building excellent self-control.

Preview 07:34
Your Own Worst Enemy
4 Lectures 33:38

Learn the value of forgiveness and taking personal responsibility

Preview 07:57

This is the most obvious reason we procrastinate - learn what is at the root of a fear of failure and how to change your perspective to avoid this pitfall.

Fear of Failure

The lesser known evil step-twin of a fear of failure is the fear of success. Is this trap ensuring you ?

Fear of Success

How do you talk to yourself ? Don't tear yourself down all the time - watch what you say and use empowering language.

Guard Your Thoughts
Accountability is Key
2 Lectures 11:56

How to keep yourself accountable and on track.


This is one of the most difficult but fruitful strategies to building self-discipline. Remember the best things for us are not always easy.

Accountability to Others
One Habit at a Time
2 Lectures 20:02

People often fail because they take on too much at once and then fail miserably. This simple strategy 'one habit at a time' is the answer.

One Habit at a Time

This is a great habit to get into and may be transformational for you. You've probably heard the expression "pay yourself first" with your money, let's apply the same mentality to our time.

The Morning Ritual
Simplify Your Life
5 Lectures 47:06

The best way to simplify your life is to have a routine be it a daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly routine. This frees up huge amounts of mental energy otherwise wasted on decision after decision.

Routines & Autopilot



If you have a tough time saying no to certain temptations - use some common sense and simply try to avoid them. But if still encounter one, find out what to do.

Avoiding Temptations

The three most common temptations are:

  • Time
  • Money
  • Food

Here are a few practical strategies to handling these temptations.

The 3 Common Temptations
Use Rewards
2 Lectures 13:55

The brain is amazing and seeks ways of making things simple. This is the basis of the habit-reward loop. Understand how this works to create new helpful habits, and although its difficult to break a bad habit reward loop, we can work around it. Interestingly, occasionally one habit, a Keystone Habit can lead to many changes quickly - learn more about them in this lecture.


Although most people are motivated by rewards, some people, especially high achievers are often motivated by punishments.

Be Healthy
4 Lectures 47:23

If you want to lose weight you have an issue.

  • In order to not eat, a dieter needs willpower.
  • In order to have willpower, a dieter needs to eat.
Learn important nutritional habits to support your self-discipline efforts.

Exercise has benefits beyond health - research suggests it could be a Keystone Habit that can have great spin-off effects in other seemingly unconnected parts of your life. If you are not exercising because of time or money concerns watch this lecture for a simple solution.


Stress can undermine your self-discipline efforts. Learn simple drug-free ways to reduce your stress levels.


Sleep is very important for self-discipline. Poor sleep patterns can reduce your motivation and energy levels, but also reduce your resolve to resist temptations. The key is to get a routine.

3 Lectures 21:02

Dr. Angela Duckworth has popularized this important quality for success that we have probably underestimated. Find out what it is and how it can be developed.


Jim Collins thankfully introduced what has come to be known as the Stockdale Paradox in his book Good to Great. Learn the lesson that helped Admiral Stockdale survive horrendous conditions in a Vietnamese prison camp.

The Stockdale Paradox

You have probably heard your parents say "be careful who you hang out with". Well they were right.

Keep Good Company
Summary and Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:35

This is a quick recap of the key ideas we learned in the course and an invitation for more help.

Closing and Summary
Additional Materials
2 Lectures 00:00

If you want to learn more about how to get control of your health - here you go. Also included are some great nutritious recipes and some more effective exercise regimens.

Vigorous Vitality Ebook
116 pages

This eBook will expand on some of the ideas briefly mentioned in the lectures, as well as some more practical ideas to help you manage your money.

Earn Save Invest Ebook
87 pages
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About the Instructor
Stephen Williams, PhD
3.9 Average rating
23 Reviews
1,363 Students
1 Course
Scientist, Entrepreneur

I am a busy homeschooling father of six, and in my spare time I am a biochemist and entrepreneur. Some of my experiences include having co-founded and sold a private life sciences company focused on a novel immuno-therapy, in addition to helping take another biotech company public creating over $100M in value with just a handful of employees.

Since time is a premium, self-discipline is critical. I am always amazed to see the results when people grasp the power of self-discipline and learn to apply some of the key principles in their life. To that end I am constantly looking to improve my own self-discipline and share what I have found that works with others.

I also have an avid interest in nutrition and exercise which I think are vitally important to helping build self-discipline.