Today’s blog is a real challenge, and I would contend that it is the most powerful possession one can ever have. Napoleon Hill wrote about it long ago, almost 100-years, in his classic book (which is more of a course than a book) The Law of Success. And it is the guiding purpose of my own manuscript, which I hope to have out later this year. You see, self-control, when mastered (which I am trying to work on every day, and continuing to fail miserably at it every day) is the grand champion of life. Just think about what it means and you will soon see how priceless it actually is. I don’t believe you can make a better investment, as the return on the investment made in mastering self-control will supersede any endeavor you have or ever will embark upon.
While Mr. Hill’s chapter, or more appropriately “Lesson,” on self-control was just over 40-pages, the 710 pages of the entire book is really in one way or another all about self-control. From lessons on having a purpose, to self-confidence, saving money, enthusiasm, failure and more, all of the lessons have a silver lining that points to self-control.
But self-control is not something we talk about with such a clear voice. Rules are in place for those that commit crimes, and thus lack self-control. Children are scolded when they don’t obey. Many of my patients pay the ultimate price of poor health due to the decisions they make with their food and exercise choices. This idea abounds, but it does not have one simple definition.
Lessons on self-control can be witnessed all around us. From the customer yelling at the clerk, to the CEO who acts one way at the office and a completely different way at home, to the continual firing of commanding officers in the military due to a failure to lead properly, to you and I for making the CONSCIOUS decision that one more bad choice is really not a big deal.
My challenge to you today is to simply START thinking about what self-control means to you and how it can in fact become your greatest asset. And right when you get a few things figured out, keep looking for more, as this PROCESS is one that will surely never end. And if you make a bad choice, or lacked this essential quality just a few minutes ago, don’t fret, as this venture involves IMPROVEMENT vice trying to PROVE anything.
If you start with anything, start trying to control your THOUGHTS, as they are indeed the one thing you are actually in control of.
And I leave you with some challenging lines from Mr. Hill’s great work, lines which I will continue to challenge myself with daily:
“A person with well-developed self-control does not indulge in hatred, envy, jealously, revenge or any similar destructive emotions. A person with well-developed self-control does not go into ecstasies or become ungovernably enthusiastic over anything or anybody. Greed and selfishness and self-approval beyond the point of accurate self-analysis and appreciation of one’s actual merits, indicate lack of self-control in one of its most dangerous forms.”