Self-Control: 4 Easy Ways To Enforce

Not many people are aware that self-control will always work to your advantage. The absence of which often lead to undesirable results, bad choices, or impulsive decisions. Only to find ourselves regretful in the end.


Did you know that self-control is one of the many things that most people are lacking in? In a recent study, 54 nations joined and participated, surveyed participants were asked to list out the characteristics which they honestly feel they need to have some improvement in. The scope of this particular survey also included those traits they think they are lacking in. The responses they received were overwhelming.  It turned out that self-control is markedly among those traits that most people have an issue with. They either don’t have it or are struggling in that department.

Before we move on, we need to define first what self-control is? We often hear this every now and then, read about them in self-help articles. But to some people, this is a vague concept. Thus, we need to give it some clarifying first in order to have a clearer and better understanding.

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Self-control is the ability of an individual to self-manage his reactions, feelings, emotions towards a situation or circumstances. It is crucial that we have a good hold of our emotions. If you allow it to get out of hand, it can create a disastrous effect on your character as a person.  To have a solid grasp of what self-control really is, let me give you an example. If you haven’t heard from the grapevine yet, AOL’s chief executive officer Tim Armstrong, made a public apology recently. This is in connection with his decision to fire an employee which initially he did the wrong way. The worst part here is that it was carried it out in public. In a statement he issued out, there was an admission on his part that his action was uncalled for. His drastic decision was triggered by his emotions. Consequently, this incident marred his public image today.

On the other hand, experts see self-control as something everyone should really have and tap into. Much like discipline, self-control is a prime ingredient to success and happiness. Like for instance, if you are lacking in this department, you at risk of engaging yourself in haphazard decisions and taking bad choices. We know for a fact that this can lead to disappointments and frustrations since expectations were never met.

It is such a relief to know that there are measures that will help us mitigate the inevitable depletion of our willpower. Here are some of the practical ways you should observe if you want to improve how you exercise your own self-control.

1. Open Your Eyes to the Big Picture.

If you will raise your consciousness to a higher level of thinking, you are increasing your level of self-control. To put it another way, here is an example. If you are currently working on a long-term project, there is a manifold of ways you can get frustrated. Anyone can easily get annoyed with the number of small steps they need to observe or get through to get to the results they want. In contrast to this, you may want to remind yourself and the others in your team to have their eyes fixed on the end goal instead of the sticky points. By this measure, you will help your team reach a certain level of self-control by virtue of keeping discouragement at bay.


2. Understand the Hazards of Having an inadequate Amount of Sleep.

There was a study conducted by the University of Washington and the result of the investigation was published by the Harvard Business Review. The study they made was to find out if there really is a connection between a person’s sleep habits and self-control. The result of their investigation showed that people who are often deprived of sleep are at a high risk to suffer from reduced amounts of glucose in the prefrontal cortex of their brain. This signifies that they now have a depleted fuel for self-control.

Furthermore, the study suggested that people with 6 hours or less amount of sleep hours are more likely to engage in deviant work behaviors. This is in stark contrast to those who had more than 6 hours of sleep.

3. Give Yourself Time to Relax.

We have a number of popular views about self-control. To enumerate a few, we may try to control our impulses and actions. Or actively participate in exercising willpower. We can also try to fight temptations that come our way. All these measures, in the final analysis, helps us build stronger self-control. Advising a person to “just move on” or “move ahead” entails certain risks. We should be mindful of these. Coercing them to take this particular action may actually work to their disadvantage. It will render them to likely commit impulsive decisions or engage in risky behavior, which eventually they certainly regret.


4. Engage Yourself in Short Bouts of Exercises.

Are you among those people who often complain about having only a short amount of time to complete a round of an exercise program? It is such a relief to know that when it comes to self-control, short bouts of exercise that are moderately intense would be good. This practice alone can help strengthen you in this department.

The prefrontal cortex is that part of your brain that is responsible for self-control. Studies reported by Science Daily showed that short bouts of exercise help improve blood flow to this area. In the same token, enhanced blood flow naturally increases the supply of oxygen. In effect, it promotes your natural ability for self-control.

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