Most of us, by our nature, are impulsive. This means that we don’t always think before we act. In fact, some scientists have even done an experiment to show how much (or how little) self-control children have! Watch this video to see what I mean…
Would you have been able to resist the temptation of the marshmallow?
So, what exactly is self-control?
Having self-control means being in charge of your emotions, through words and actions. It doesn’t mean that we don’t want that marshmallow, but that we are controlling our feelings about it in order to receive something more- like another marshmallow!
Why does it matter?
Not having self-control isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, sometimes it means we are more likely to take risks and learn from them.
Mostly, however, practising self-control leads to making good decisions which will have a positive outcome. Being in control of your actions and reactions will help you to learn better at school, make and keep friends and persevere when you find things difficult.
Famous sportsmen and women will often talk about self-control as being the main reason they were able to become so successful. Michael Jordan, one of the world’s most successful Basketball players, was told at a young age that we wasn’t good enough to play. Eventually, he learnt that by controlling his own thoughts and actions, he could become the best version of himself.
How can we practice self-control this week?
Self—control is a skill that develops over time. It allows us to slow down and think through our actions. For some of us, this may take longer than others.
Here are some top tips to practice this week:
1. Wait for something you want with patience. Try not to get cross if it doesn’t happen right away!
2. Think about how you will react if you don’t get what you want immediately.
3. Be patient.
4. Think of the end goal!
Learning self-control takes time. We’ve got lots of that at the moment, which makes now the perfect time to practice!