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How Much Self Control Do You Have?

Write to Uncover

Writing is one path to greater self mastery.  When you move pen on paper or take time to type your responses, you are allowing a pause in your life.

When you practice that long enough, you’ll notice how much you can temper your emotions and thoughts instead of either spewing on others or repressing them.   

Grab a notebook here and let’s get going.  The world thanks you for the peace you cultivate.  

  1. In the past week when was a time you intentionally worked on listening to someone else? Did you have to keep yourself from speaking hastily or chiming in? How was it a form of self regulation?
  2. How often do you name what you’re feeling? Is it hard to observe or pay attention to your emotions? Are you able to feel things more fully without the emotion taking over? 
  3. Write about a time when you “lost it”. You lost emotional control and it wasn’t pretty. Was there anything humorous about it afterwards? Were there serious consequences?  What have you learned about yourself?
  4. How do you use your body to practice self control? Write about working on breathing, fasting or enforcing “down time”/doing nothing as ways to regulate yourself. 
  5. Do you have a belief that you’ve had to challenge or re-program? Self regulation is also about taking control of your thoughts. Tell your story about retiring or revising a belief that didn’t serve you any longer.

Labyrinth Walk

Writing is cerebral work.  One way to stay in the flow of good peaceful and calm writing is to take meditative walks.  One focused way to do so is to take a labyrinth walk.  It’s usually near a church.  Google one in your community. 

Here are a few benefits of a labyrinth walk:

  • Quiets the mind
  • Calms anxieties
  • Reduces stress & recovers balance in life
  • Enhances creativity
  • Encourages meditation
  • Invites contemplation
  • Increases self insights through self reflection

Ready for More Writing Prompts?  

Here goes:

6.  Describe a situation from your past where lack of self-control had consequences. Explore the emotions, triggers, and outcomes. Then, write about how you could have approached the situation differently to exercise better self-regulation.

7.  Invent a fictional character who struggles with self-control. Write a short story that chronicles their journey toward greater discipline. Highlight key moments of growth and the lessons they learn along the way.

8.  Recall a moment when impulsive behavior led to unintended consequences. Write with some detail about the events, emotions, and aftermath. Explore how acknowledging and regulating impulses could have altered the outcome.

9.  Choose an object that symbolizes self-control for you (e.g., a compass, a key).  Write a story centered around this object, illustrating its significance in navigating challenges and unlocking personal growth.

10. Write a letter to your future self, discussing a specific area where you want to improve self-control. Describe the challenges you face and outline the steps your future self has taken to overcome them. Reflect on the growth achieved.

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