Self control is the ability to control one’s emotion, behavior and desires in order to obtain some reward later. In Psychology it is sometimes called self-regulation. Exerting self control through the executive functions in decision making is held in some theories to deplete one’s ability to do so in the future.
How to improve your self control:
Analyze your life
See which areas are suffering and which are prospering. If you are failing all of your classes in school, you might need to study! If you are gaining weight at an alarming rate, you may need to sacrifice a few candy bars. You may be pushing yourself too hard. Take breaks over the weekends, even if you are doing wasteful things.
Analyze the area in which you are lacking control
If your grades are plummeting, recognize that your study life plays an integral part in the grading system. Read books or articles about the area you are having difficulty with. Becoming informed makes it much easier to make the right decision when you’re tempted to overdo something. For example, if you want to lose weight, taking the time to read about nutrition and healthy dieting will naturally motivate you and make eating right much more enjoyable. In terms of gaining self control, knowledge really is power! Also, understand that you function based on incentives and reasons. Make sure your understand to give yourself rewards and recognize the logic behind whatever it is you are doing.
Act on you’re an analysis
By this time, you have recognized that you are failing school. You have delved. Further into the problem and noticed that you spend much of your free time doing things other than study or homework. In order to build self-control, you must practice self-denial. Challenge yourself to break your destructive habits. Challenge others to challenge you to break your habits. Lack of study? Tell your mother, father, brother, sister, friend, anyone, to order you’re to get off your computer after 10 minutes. Gaining weight? Try working out and eating healthily meals.
Analyze your action
Still gaining weight even after making proper diet changes? Try exercising or consulting a doctor. Your grades aren’t improving? Try listening in class and reviewing work every other day.
Mediation is something that has been used by countless numbers of people and is even a main feature in Buddhism to gain Nirvana or Enlightenment. Meditation is all about discipline, and the point of it is to discipline your mind to such a state where it is clear whilst your keep your posture, etc. correct. During mediation you’re meant to be getting into a state of self awareness and environmental awareness while keeping your mind blank. You’re meant to not anchor yourself to specific thoughts. This is very difficult to do if you’re doing it right and therefore requires a lot of self discipline; practice this and you’ll gain self-discipline as well as concentration and happiness in day to day life.