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Achieving great self-control

People that are great at self-control don't have to make more effort. Instead, they avoid effortful strategies and use easier ones.

In this way, they don’t tax and overwork their brains, and thus they are free to invest their effort into pursuing their goals, instead of fighting with themselves

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  • Thought suppression: when you consciously attempt not to think about something. It can have some benefits in the short term, but it takes a lot more effort than other strategies and it will make your desire even stronger in the long-run.
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It’s your ability to resolve conflicts between your short-term desires and your long-term goals.

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.

Many studies have shown that mindfulness is an effective way for boosting our self-control.

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