Self-control is your ability to stop and think before acting. This gives you a much better chance of making a good choice in any given situation, such as deciding not to argue with your classmate over a spot in line or keeping your hands to yourself at recess.
Self-control means being in charge of your emotions, thoughts, words, and actions. Self-control leads to good choices, and good choices are the building blocks of self-esteem. When you exercise self-control in your choices regarding school work, home relationships, friendships, and extracurricular activities will find that healthy self-esteem is not far behind.
Self-control is the ability to remain goal-directed in the face of temptation to stray off course, such as choosing to stick with homework when the temptation of video games or playing outside is just a few steps away. Learn the difference between what you should do and what you want to do. If you always take care of what you should do first, you will find that you have more time to do the things you want, and you will enjoy them more.
So what does it take to show self-control? Here are some easy to follow steps:
Self-control is choosing to do what is right when you feel like doing wrong. Like a muscle, the more you exercise self-control, the stronger that muscle will be. As your self-control increases, the more you gain the ability to direct your life. The more in control of your thoughts and actions you are, the you will feel about yourself and the decisions you make. When you feel good about your decisions, it raises your self-esteem (next week's word) and self-confidence. You also reinforce in your mind what you are capable of and it makes it less difficult to make similar decisions in your life.