Self-control is the key in improving the lacking areas of my life. I want to be a fun, interactive Mom (control my time-wasters so I can focus on the boys), I want to push myself physically and accomplish my writing goals, I want to eat reasonably and feel healthy. I searched the web for some kind of self-control tips, but the best article I found talked about how we don't need willpower, we need to make choices. Here's an excerpt from it:
Chant the following each day, several times. They are mantras that will save your life:
- The choice to do nothing is still a choice and yields nothing.
- I am responsible for my body. If I don’t take responsibility, who will?
- I make choices daily as to how I'm going to fuel my body.
- I will STAY aware
- Choice IS control (i)
I like this list. We have choices to make every day. I falter because I let myself think that certain choices won't make a difference in the long-term or I justify my behavior. (I ran hard this morning, I deserve this bowl of ice cream!)
How do you keep yourself in control? How do you motivate yourself to make healthy choices?
(i) A Guide to Empowerment and Self-Control by JLee Davis - http://www.99waystoloseweight.com/18-empowerment.html