Being a student of yourself and learning how your personality can help you maintain self control is a powerful tool. We all have various personality traits that rise to the top in different contexts. The way we act at work or school may not be exactly the same as we act at home with our families.
Can you think of a time that you exhibited self control? Where were you? What was the circumstance? What did you see? What did you hear? Who were you with? How did you feel? When exactly did you exercise your power of choice? Analyze this scenario well. You can now recreate that persona who has the ability to control self every time you are about to enter a situation where you might be tempted to abandon your healthy habits. By going back in your mind to that version of you, you can have self control at your beck and call.
I have observed that when I abandon my self control, I assume the personality of a young child; someone who is funny and silly. So whenever I feel that personality rising in me, it’s a red flag that I am in danger of compromising my healthy eating, my wellness mindset or my exercise routine.
We all have a mindset that works best for us when tackling challenges like releasing old habits and creating new ones. Study your own behavior and habits and find which mindset works best for you. Is it the mindset of a teacher who wants to share information? Is it the mindset of a problem-solver who is looking for a solution? Is it the mindset of an ________? You fill in the blank. You already have the answer inside of you.
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