The ability to control behavior is one of the most valuable skills a person can possess. Sometimes referred to as will power or self-regulation, this capability allows us to control impulses, make plans, suppress unwanted thoughts, and in general manage personal and social behavior. Better self-regulation can lead to improved relationships, facilitate better mental health, and increase career success. Just as important, learning to marshal our physical, emotional, and physical energies in order to achieve meaningful goals and tasks without needless and exhausting depletion of our personal resources can provide powerful and welcomed momentum toward success. From almost any perspective, better self-regulation is desirable and useful.
That’s the good news.