The Secret of Self-Control
“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
― Lao Tzu
How can We Define Self Control
Self-control is a crucial strength and a key determinant of success in everyday life. It is basically the ability to overcome your impulses, emotions and behaviors which enables you to achieve your long term goals that you have set for yourself. Self-control is also the ability to control oneself, in terms of having mastery over one’s desires and appetites. The basic premise of self-control is the use of reason to control instinct, whether that instinct is for something good or something that is bad for us.
For instance, you can consider yourself that the last time you walked by a boutique and saw new pretty dresses that you really liked, and you had not planned to buy new clothes as you already have enough in your wardrobe. What did you do? Did you desire to buy the beautiful dress or did you just control your wish? If you controlled yourself and walked away from that place, MY DEAR……!
YES, you have mastered the self-control.
Specifically, when you know that you are unable to control buying new clothes that you don’t need and eating unhealthy meals, just write them down. Writing your struggles keeps them in your subconscious mind which makes it easier to take action towards getting away from them. After you indicating the actions or moments that make you lose your self-discipline you can move towards avoiding the temptations. As soon as the behavior gets in your mind, take a pen and paper and note it down. This will delay your behavior. It will also give you a few minutes to think and decide whether you want to get yourself into the trap. Delaying your decision making in this manner will enable you to make the right decisions.
“If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world”
― Paulo Coelho
On the other hand, many researches show that the level of self-control at a young age can predict cognitive and self-regulatory skills in teens as well as vital outcomes such as health and well-being later in life. Moreover, it is a personal quality that contributes to human happiness. It can say that the people are much happier, more productive, and most creative when they feel they are the origin of their own actions and control themselves in any situation.
Self-Discipline is Mandatory
Furthermore, self-control is directly proportional to our mental and physical health. It is very mandatory for maintaining healthy behaviors. What you eat for your daily breakfast, lunch or dinner…? How often you work out…? Whether you go to the doctor regularly…? These are all the decisions in your life that you do by yourself, are impacted by your levels of self-control and have the potential to affect your health. The beneficial effects of self-discipline suggest that interventions targeted at strengthening self-control may improve the overall well-being of the general population.
In a nutshell, having good self-control is not everyone’s cup of tea; it is actually and art that only few people master. In fact, it sometimes takes a lot of time, energy and work. But by practicing and using some particular techniques, your self-control will get easier over time, and before you know it, success will follow.
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