Take control of your mind and your all activity will be controlled.
Self-control is the art of letting go. It’s about deciding what you want to do and what you don’t want to do. It’s about deciding that now is not the time for watching TV, even though you love TV, but to get your work done.
It’s about deciding that now is not the time to read that article, but to meditate. It’s about deciding that now is not the time for the cookie, but for water. Self-control is like a muscle, and like any other muscle, it can become stronger with practice. Self-control can be a difficult concept to grasp, so I like to think of it in terms of art.
Finding the ability to turn down a piece of cake for a healthier option is like an artist finding the ability to paint without using a full palette. The more you practice, the more you can turn down the cake.
To be clear, we’re not talking about repressing your emotions. We’re talking about consciously choosing what you want to do and what you want to say. We’re talking about optimizing your decision-making. We’re talking about eliminating all the distractions. We’re talking about being mindful. It’s something we all wish we had more of. But what’s the point of having self-control if it’s not applied in the right way? It’s not about being perfect, it’s about being good enough.
Holding on to what doesn’t serve us is hard. I never realized how much I was holding on until I felt the weight of it, and the power of it, and the pain of it.
That’s when I had to work on self-control. Take control of your mind and your all activity will be controlled. Meditation is the root of self-control.