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It’s your ability to resolve conflicts between your short-term desires and your long-term goals.
For example, successful self-control means sacrificing immediate pleasure (cookies and cakes) and choosing the delayed reward (healthy weight).
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People that are great at self-control don't have to make more effort. Instead, they avoid effortful strategies and use easier ones.
People who have high self-control aren’t missing out on enjoyment. Not being able to resist temptation and enjoying life are not the same things.
Distractions cause cognitive load: they fill up your working memory. As a result, there’s less space for your long-term goals.
... to prevent self-control failures. Research has shown that people who have developed a self-image around virtuous activities are more likely to identify and resolve self-control conflicts.
Research showed that self-control is ultimately limited by our biology. We can’t exercise effortful self-control indefinitely – the brain has to do regular maintenance to remain functional.
Use a ‘commitment contract’. This is a way to impose costs on self-control failure.
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