The One Thing You Can Control Right Now: Yourself
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Self-control is a necessary and much sought-after skill in this increasingly complex world. There are a million distractions, multiple stress-inducing outlets and a chronic lack of sleep for most of us, and self-control becomes the only bandwidth that we have.
People who are reactive will find self-control challenging, as compared to resilient and conscientious individuals.
By using a third-person point of view, you create a psychological distance between you and the ‘object of your temptation’.
Studies prove that this quirky practice of talking to yourself decreases anxiety and stress.
Thinking about past challenges that were resolved by us helps us get into the ‘glory’ mode and reclaim it in the present, along with envisioning a future point in time when things will be better.
Imagining our future self makes us harder to take the bait of instant gratification, and helps us identify the various challenges and obstacles that are inevitable.
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