Like everyone else on the planet, I have problems with self-control. I tell myself that I'm going to work out more and eat less junk food, then five minutes later I'm lounging on the couch, watching old YouTube videos, eating a family sized bag of Lay's by myself.
So what exactly is the art of self-control? How do you get yourself to listen to what you should be doing instead of what you want to be doing?
I don't have a definite answer. I've already admitted that I'm terrible at self-control so why would I be a reliable source for you? Well, I do have some tips that help me stay on track when I am doing something actually productive with my life:
#1: Start off with changes that work together
For example, working out more and eating healthier work together. Combined, you're going to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally, and you'll start to lose weight and/or put on muscle. This change makes sense and it'll be easier to maintain your self-control.
But if you try to eat healthier and improve the way you pick up chicks, these two changes don't really work together. So start off with changes that compliment one another, and then once you have control over those, then you can implement other improvements.
#2: Give yourself a break
When you fall off the bandwagon, don't yell at yourself. You're not useless or worthless because you ate a cookie when you're on a diet. Tell yourself that you've been working hard up until this point and that you deserve a cookie. Then the next day stay on track with your diet and refrain from eating sweets unless you've scheduled them as part of your meal plan.
#3: Don't listen to lifestyle magazines
Or rather, be wary of them. Extreme diets never work. Usually they're anorexia disguised as a fad meal plan. So when you read a magazine or watch TMZ and a celebrity recommends you drink nothing but carrot juice all day, probably don't do that. If you don't know where to start, do some research online with reputable diet websites, or consult a professional. A nutritionist or a doctor will tell you what sort of diet works best for you.
#4: Celebrate the small wins