How to build up your self-control

Jul 11, 2020

So you want to build your brand, grow your business and make more impact. You want to join the top one percent in your field. But sometimes, you don't have enough self-control! There are certain things that you should be doing every day, but you simply aren't because the will is not there!

So how can we go about pumping up our self-control? Positive psychology has shown that self-control is pretty much like a muscle. If you put it to good use regularly, you will make it stronger. But if you don't use it, it will become weaker. So basically, it's use it or lose it.

Now how do you go about strengthening your self-control? Psychologists such as Mark Muraven have done a lot of studies on this topic. Mark, in one of his studies, noticed that when people go to the gym regularly and under supervision, and they do workouts with their personal trainers after a couple of weeks, they not only get more self-control in that area, but they will improve their performance in other areas of their lives as well. For example, they will eat less junk food; they will cancel less appointments; they will drink less alcoholic beverages, and overall their performance will improve in different areas of their lives!

So, based on these studies, psychologists say that if you challenge yourself to do something that is hard, and something you would rather not honestly do, then you will not only get more self-control in that area, but you will improve your performance in other areas of your life as well. For example, if you do 100 sit-ups every day for two weeks, or if you brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand, or if you sit up straight every time you slump, then you will not only improve your performance in that area, but you will get more overall self-control in your life, and maybe in the area where you need to be posting every day on social media, the thing that you need the most.

 

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