The Self-Control Muscle

Brian Johnson 12-17

“If you want more self-control, you can get more. And you get more self-control the same way you get bigger muscles—you’ve got to give it regular workouts. Recent research has shown that engaging in daily activities such as exercising, keeping track of your finances or what you are eating—or even just remembering to sit up straight every time you think of it—can help you develop your overall self-control capacity. For example, in one study, students who were assigned to (and stuck to) a daily exercise program not only got physically healthier, but they also became more likely to wash dishes instead of leaving them in the sink, and less likely to impulsively spend money.” ~ Heidi Grant Halvorson from Succeed

Self-control: We can build it up just like we build up our muscles. AND, when we build it up in one area it enhances self-control in other areas!

That’s incredibly cool.

Let’s take advantage of little opportunities to train by giving ourselves mini-workouts throughout the day. Whether it’s resisting the unhealthy food, breathing when we’re stuck in traffic, sitting up straight as often as we remember, exercising x times per week, eating more veggies, ...

Whatever it is, go out and rock it! And, remember that the more energy you put into developing self-control in one area, the more it’s going to benefit other areas!!


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