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Self Discipline and Self Control: More on the Hidden Secrets of Reaching Your Life Goals and How to Unlock Them

Emails, text messages, notifications, and glowing screens leave us with very little to show for all the time we spend looking at them. For many people this experience is highly ungratifying in the short term and terribly frustrating in the long term. They say “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” No one wants to aspire to this terrible aphorism. But without self discipline and self control even the very best of intentions are that—good intentions

So achieving what we aim to do is about setting the right goals. It is also about developing the ability to control our behavior and impulses that so often get in the way of our intentions. By exercising self control, we make an active choice. We forgo our immediate pleasures for the increased opportunity to fulfill our greater goals. It serves as a precursor for sustained behavioral change.

The articles on this page will help you develop the self discipline and self control needed to be more productive at work and at home. We will explore the sources of motivation and examine how to develop and track the habits that help you change your behaviors. and learn the needed tips to combat distraction.

Arm yourself with this toolkit filled with the newest scientific insights, practical tips, and real life examples. With it, you will be able to take better control of your life and increase your potential.

Here you’ll find a wealth of articles to help you understand the importance of self control. Explore and learn how to develop the self discipline needed to accomplish more of what matters.

Top Articles on Self Discipline

The Pinky Promise: Stick To It – Or Shed Some Blood

The Pinky Promise: Stick To It – Or Shed Some Blood

A pinky promise is a surefire way to make you do what you say you’ll do. People have a long history of breaking promises, to themselves and to others. For as long as people have been squelching on their commitments, they’ve tried to come up with ways to keep them. Consider the pinky promise.
Why Do People Believe the ‘Social Media is Mind Control’ Myth?

Why Do People Believe the ‘Social Media is Mind Control’ Myth?

In our search for easy answers, we give up control.The evidence is overwhelming: we are far more powerful than the technology that is supposedly mind-controlling us. It’s not even close. As I’ve discussed in other articles, we need to give ourselves more credit....

This is What Most People Get Wrong About Willpower

This is What Most People Get Wrong About Willpower

You come home after a long day of work and you immediately curl yourself up on the couch and binge the latest Netflix craze for hours, while you scroll and scroll through your social media feeds and snack on potato chips even though you're "on a diet." You look around...

The Addictive Products Myth: Who Is the Culprit Here?

The Addictive Products Myth: Who Is the Culprit Here?

Nir’s Note: This article explores a new model for understanding addiction. I challenge the simplistic view that addictive products cause addiction. Rather, addiction is a confluence of three factors. Gasoline is highly flammable. But without oxygen and heat, it will...

The Four People Addicting You to Technology

Recently, the Pokemon Go phenomenon has reigniting the question of technology's role in changing behavior. To put things in perspective, I wanted to share the main points of an article I published on the topic titled, Who’s Really Addicting Us to Technology?, in a...

Who’s Really Addicting You to Technology?

“Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet,” wrote Tony Schwartz in a recent essay in The New York Times. It’s a common complaint these days. A steady stream of similar headlines accuse the Net and its offspring apps, social media sites and...

Un-Hooked: Increasing Focus in the Age of Distraction

I recently presented a new talk about how to manage digital distraction using the Hook Model. I hope you enjoy the brief video below.Also, I've been thinking of writing more on this topic. Let me know what you think. Is this an interesting topic? Do you struggle with...

Time for Digital Hat Racks

The first thing Don Draper does when he gets to his office is give his busty secretary a suggestive wink. The second thing he does is take off his fedora. Finally, depending on the severity of the previous night, he completes his morning routine with a stiff drink....

Why Your Goals Will Fail, and What You Can Do About It

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”- Warren Buffet If you’re like most people, you have a New Year’s resolution in place and you may have even stuck to it so far this year.  Good for you!  Realistically though, you’re...