Self Control as The Ultimate Goal

I’ve got this new crazy idea…

The ultimate personal development goal of any person in life should be self control (or self discipline, or willpower, or whatever you want to call it).

Think about it.  If you have self control you can do anything.

Want to start a business?  Well, with total self control, you can easily learn as you go and plug away day after day, not worrying about the dip, just making choices based on the best of your knowledge.   When you run into roadblocks, you have the self control to seek advice and then push forward.

And you would have the self control to pick up the phone and pitch investors and customers instead of engaging in busy work to side step the fear that your feeling.

Want to be insanely healthy?  With self control you can.

You can choose to eat the most healthy foods available, sit with perfect posture, meditate for 30 minutes, and engage in intense physical activity almost every single day of your life.   With self control, you will make time – no matter what.

With self control you can choose the words you say.  You can refuse to gossip and instead use your words to build people up and spread a good spirit.  You can be amazing to your wife and constructive with your co-workers.

I could go on and on.

The primary reason we fail to accomplish our goals in life is because we lack self control.  We lack the ability to always take action on the next step and recognize when to push forward and when to honestly steer course.

To accomplish your goals you need persistence and self control is the granddaddy of persistence.

How to work on your self control

I don’t know how to master self control. I don’t think anyone does, because that would be the greatest knowledge on the planet.

I do, however, have a couple ideas for things I’m going to try:

  1. I’m going to first recognize that everyday is an experiment in self control – no winning or losing, just experimenting and trying new things to see what works.
  2. Every single day when I wake up, I’m going to make tea and read a short paragraph I wrote about self control.
  3. When I go to bed at night, I’m going to consciously meditate for a few minutes on my progress towards self control.

We’ll see what happens.  I’m very excited about the possibilities, though I know it will be the hardest thing I ever attempt.

But I’ll push through, because that’s what people with self control do.


What do you think, is self control the ultimate personal development goal?

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