5 Benefits of Practicing Self-Control
Practicing self-control is definitely a beautiful form of art once mastered. Self-control is one’s ability to navigate through any situation/conversation with the intent of creating positive outcomes. The overall goal is to trade in all negative outcomes for positive ones. The most amazing thing about it is…we all have the ability to do it.
In order to get to a place of self-control, one must first realize the things that they are losing or giving up. It makes it a lot easier to change things when we realize what not changing can prevent us from. Research has proven just how important possessing self-control is to our health and overall well-being.
Weight, Fitness, and Health
Manhavira was once quoted saying, “eating constitutes the greatest obstacle to self-control”. As a result, platforms or businesses are being created to remedy the challenges. Losing weight itself is heavily reliant on the presence of self-control. From studies, researchers were able to find higher levels of trait self-control among the focused and dedicated.
Participants with relatively higher self-control successfully achieved greater weight loss. They not only ate fewer calories but they also burned more as well (Crescioni, Ehrlinger, & Alquist et al., 2011). When you make such a commitment to yourself, practicing self-control will assure that you eventually get there.
It’s challenging to transition from eating whatever you want to eliminating options. Although it’s not always easy, it’s worth it, and the more we keep practicing self-control, the more real it becomes. The more real it becomes, the more positive changes we begin to experience. Controlling the way we eat no longer becomes a task, it becomes a way of life.
Goals and Dreams
To execute any plan, one must focus and create space for these goals and dreams to blossom. It takes hard work and dedication to achieve any goal that comes with many obstacles. There is no goal that comes to fruition without long hours of hard work and sacrifice. Along with this formula comes a pinch of consistency for that is what makes all the difference.
Doing the right thing one time does no merit. Rather, doing the right thing constantly on a consistent basis is really what keeps the motor running. Due to the depth of this mission, one must be well equipped with tools that will help persevere. One must be able to push through even when the situation is screaming give up.
Through the practicing of self-control, a will is built. This becomes an important ingredient because Murphy’s Law always has a plan of his own. These plans tend to always create a wall between our dreams and where we currently are. Self-control to the rescue.
If you’re visual like me, then you can appreciate my comparing self-control to the spinach Popeye eats before ‘hulkalizing’. With it comes the machine behind the determination it takes to crush through any barrier that slows us down. With self-control we no longer see problems, we start to see opportunities to strengthen and improve. We don’t see the end, we see a new beginning
Dealing with RAmifications
Science state to every action a reaction. Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred. Therefore everything we put out there causes a shift, an alteration in the universe. Self-control bubble protecting us from any possible ramifications. When we maintain control over the things we say and how we deliver them, it leaves little room for regrets.
Staying in control doesn’t mean that we are fighting for grips over ourselves. It means that we are not manuveured or ignited by our circumstances. Regardless of the event, we remain calm and collected. It’s always wiser to think things through before we speak than to have to think about what we said after. Like matter, what comes out stays out. If you make the mistake of communicating through clicking send, it stays alive forever.
Through our practicing self-control, we strengthen our core, our center. We are no longer as vulnerable to outside sources as we have mastered the art of the process. In any form of communication, one must always be present. One must prevent from checking out due to igniting keywords. At times we react to a story before hearing the entire thing. Are we in control or are we being controlled?
Staying present not only helps you understand the entire story and its context, it helps you formulate a thoughtful response. Whenever you repeat what you say, your ears should never ring. You should be able to repeat it as many times as possible without finding fault. You should always feel good about the words and acts you put out.
Quality of Life
I believe that 100% of our quality of life is made up of the choices we make, whether we control it or not. We may not always be able to control what comes, but we can still control what goes. Using your precious time to exert emotion on unforeseen occurrences is like a dog chasing its own tail.
The way I see it, we’re only here for a limited time so why waste a moment chasing our own tails. Self-control takes the power from the accuser and puts it back into your hands. With the power back in our hands, life becomes grand knowing just how much of it we own. We now remain actors of our script rather than the reactors of somebody else’s. The beauty of practicing self-control is that it always leaves an opportunity for a happy ending.
Peace Of Mind
Words are very powerful as they have the ability to shift space and energy. The only way to obtain peace of mind is by keeping your mind at peace. Your memory is a bank of all of the things that you do, ‘good’ and ‘bad’. This means that no matter what you do or who you do it to, you still have to live with it.
The only way to live with peace of mind is by creating memories filled with goodness. What do you choose to consume your mind with? Are you constantly looking to improve your state of mind or are you constantly clouding your mind with the unnecessary? Self-control gives us the awareness to reject the things that don’t serve our precious minds.
Our minds represent the hardrive to our system. Everything we download into this system has a conscious and subconscious effect on what we output. Therefore, it is important that we wisely select the things we internalize. Like a plant, always fertilize the mind with things that will allow it to grow. As a rule of thumb, peace of mind is created by the constant evolving of our minds. The more we internally grow, the more peace we find.