Get It, Use It
by Kevin Hogan
You have to know HOW to behave in different contexts so when you are in that context you are already prepared and in the moment are not trying to figure out what the right thing to do is.
You must first be aware of your screwed up default behaviors (smoking, overeating, not working on the new project) and know what your thoughts and sabotaging (self and others) actions are.
In rare cases people are already doing some things right in harnessing the power of self control. Almost everyone else is not taking control of their thinking. Why?
The disciplined Self generates desired results, typically across contexts.
The undisciplined Self does not.
In order to improve your odds today of getting what you want and not what your body craves in the moment, you can note the following experiences that sap you of self control.
There are more than a half dozen ways your power can be drained rendering yourself impotent in acquiring anything of significance.
1. Intentional Thinking is tiring so save it for your desired outcomes and allow someone else handle the day to day aspects of life so you can produce enough for 3, 4, 5 people.
At the beginning of each day the powerful person (the person who has over time, exercised significant self control and has built up mental muscle) starts off with more Self Regulation Units than does the person who lives life in a stimulus/response world.
The person who deals with the fine print and answers the phone is VERY IMPORTANT to company/family/business success because without them you would have to do both and very few people can handle dealing with life stresses and business stresses along with contextual issues (temptations) all at the same time.
You face a number of success destroyers in the course of the day and they may seemingly have nothing to do with being successful.
If you see someone who is significantly overweight, she might be saying -no- to all kinds of different foods and she might be doing better on a percentage basis than they guy who is thin and trim.
But the reason she might be overweight is that there are tons of food triggers (recipe books, other overweight people, for example) and stresses in her environment.
All kinds of triggers cause your self regulation units to be used up.
Put a dish of your favorite candy on the table in front of you and by the end of the day you are likely to have used up a lot of Self Regulation Units IF you have NOT succumbed to the candy. BUT if you were able to say NO to the candy all day long, it means you used up a lot of self regulation units during the day.
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