The Greek philosophers considered self-control and self-mastery the chief virtue. “A man who conquers himself has won the first and noblest virtues,” according to Plato, a Greek philosopher.
What Self-Control Means in Our Lives.
Self-control is to oversee or manage your desires. Thus, the self-control person avoids extremes. He refuses to lose control. In other words, he lives with balance. Therefore, self-control is control of self.
An illness, a divorce, job loss, or loss of a loved one
knocked a person down and out. Or an economic crisis. Has a situation ever
knocked you down and out? Sometime you found yourself down and out from a
situation that you could not cope with. Did you say to yourself, “Would I feel better
if I gave up?” How did you come back from that situation?
What I want to share with you is how to come back from failure. There are four ways that can help you do so. What do you do if you ever feel down and out?
ever attended an event, such as a Christmas tree lightning, in the winter? In
your excitement, did you forget about how cold it was, or did you choose
thoughts to deal with the cold? Or did you attend a fireworks celebration in
July and forgot about the heat. Positive thoughts of the event led you to
choose thoughts to cope with the cold or the heat.
you aware of how living with greater awareness can change your life? In
“Live Consciously,” the
second chapter in Rise Up to Yourself:
Greater Success Awaits, you learn what conscious living will mean to your
Having Insight at the Right Moment
Have you ever thought of what you needed to do in a situation after the fact? Most people can recall a time at some point when they have said, “I should have or I wished I had done this or that.” It came to them a few minutes later or the next day. In some situations, depending on how it affects a person, he or she may become frustrated with oneself.
Assertiveness is a method of expressing your needs and wants. To do so is to stand a better chance of getting them met. It is standing up for yourself and choosing to take right action to reach your goals. People with high self-esteem and confidence find it easier to assert themselves. With assertiveness, you:
A person who has high self-esteem feels he or she has value. Thus, he feels worthy and deserving of the best life has to offer. Because he believes in his strengths and abilities, he sets goals based on them. Thus, he feels capable and confident. He trusts himself to reach his goals.
When we have peace of mind, we are not in an adversarial
relationship with our lives and ourselves. When we can know and feel we can
handle our daily life free of anxiety, we are confident. Thus, we like and