There's no way that you can control every single thing that happens to you. It's impossible because there are so many influential factors in motion, but sometimes the only person standing in the way of your success in life is you. Even science says that self-control is a major key to success.
At some point, you have to make the decision to control the things that you can control and simply let everything else play itself out. That would be easy if everyone was born with rock-solid self-control, but the reality is that many of us struggle in this area. Fortunately, self-control is like working out to build muscles. Establishing routines can help you develop and here are four simple tips to help get you started.
1. Take bedtime seriously.
You can never go wrong with getting a little more sleep than you think you need. Not to mention that being well-rested plays an important role in your decision-making ability. You may not notice it, but sleeping less than six hours a night causes your brain to function at impaired levels. On the other hand, getting adequate sleep will help you make better decisions, which influences willpower and aides in self-control. Disciplining yourself to go to bed at a specific time helps implement the mental aspect of self-control.
2. Make up your bed every day.
Many people jump out of bed after beating the snooze button on the alarm clock to death a rush to prepare ourselves for the day and forget about the small things. It's difficult to imagine that something so minor can make a big difference in your life. Psychologically forcing yourself through the routine of making your bed every day gets you accustomed to making yourself submit to a discipline. The plus side is you'll always have nice crisp sheets to return to at each night.
3. Work out consistently.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Kansas states that people who workout regularly show improved self-control. The level of discipline that it takes to go for a jog or hit the gym consistently will help flex your self-control muscle.
4. Erase "I can't" from your vocabulary.
Before you can achieve anything, you have to believe that you can do it. Research has shown that people who refrain from saying "I can't" are more likely reach their long-term goals.