On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being in complete control, where do you rank yourself on self-control, i.e. having control over your feelings or actions or showing restraint over your impulses, emotions or desires?
Today I give myself a 9. Five years ago, I was a 2. To change, I had to learn to think differently. I had to re-calibrate my mind. I had to unlearn what I had learned.
It was a long process, but worth every step. It took commitment, determination, discipline and patience. I read, listened to and experimented with a lot of stuff. That which resonated, I used to build a system that transformed my mind, heart and life. My system is a blend of things I learned from the following people: Mark Devine, Seth Godin, Rick Warren, Craig Groeschel, Earl Nightingale, Og Mandino.
I would encourage you to do the same. Commit to becoming a 9 or a 10 on the self-control scale. Seek that which resonates with you and you will find it. Ask for help and you will receive it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Word of caution … on your journey, there will be a force attempting to derail your progress. It will put you down. It will try to master your moods. It can lead you into depression. It can make you angry.
You must build up a defense against this force. To do that, you must act in the following manner. Pray for the strength to do the following:
- Don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that start fights.
- Be kind to everyone.
- Be patient with difficult people.
- Forgive those that oppose you.
Master this, and you can begin to live a fordriven life of self-control.