Some Thoughts on Self-Control

Good morning friends, this morning’s post on the Control Freak will have to wait another day, it’s gotten a bit more involved than I initially thought, especially when it comes down to micromanagers and naggers. The post will go up Wednesday morning after I’ve had a bit more time to tease out the specifics and, most importantly, worked through how to deal with these types of people. Today’s post outlines some of my thoughts on self-control and how to work through the roadblocks that inevitably pop up.

Self-control is a cornerstone to the ideas represented in this blog. Without self-control you cannot hope to build to higher levels of control. This doesn’t mean that you need to be constantly watching yourself and berating every little slip up. What it means is being aware of your actions and exercising more self-control every day until it becomes second nature to you.

As I’ve posted previously I’ve recently turned to the vegan diet with hopes to improve my health after years of neglect and self-inflicted damage. The first week went well enough, and it was more of a game than anything. Now that I’m firmly entrenched in week three I’m starting to feel the loss of all my favorite foods. The burgers smell extra tasty, and chicken nuggets have never had so much appeal. It’s now, when these old favorites are calling to me that I remember my successes of the past. I’ve been able to tough out major life changes like this before, and I know that I can do it again.

Another method I use to keep my self-control up is to think of why I’m doing what I’m doing. For me everything I do revolves around my kids. Giving up drinking, trying to get healthier, and excelling at work all come back to being better for my kids. Find your reason, and make sure it’s a good one. You may think that it’s easier for those of us who have kids, and in many cases, you’d be right. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy.

What are your thoughts on self-control?

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