Are you entirely in command of yourself?
To be in command of yourself is something you would like to be all the time. But it happens sometimes, for many quite often, that you lose control of your actions.
When recently watching a documentary about evolution, some interesting data were presented, showing that it isn’t always easy to be in control of yourself.
By making a concise and probably not totally correct analysis from the perspective of a professional scientist, humans in their early phase were fishes. Time passed, and with the ongoing evolution, the fish jumped out of the water and became a snake.
The brain of a snake is a very simple one and only reacts to vision, hunger, fear, aggression, and sexual impulses without coordination whatsoever. This uncomplicated structure of the brain we humans bring with us as evolution continues.
In the next step in our evolution, we get characteristics of mammals, still with the “snake brain” in the background. Mammals can coordinate all different feelings and experiences. From reptiles to mammals, we became much wiser just to label the difference with something.
After millions of years, the mammals, or at least some of them, become primates, the apes most similar to today’s humans.
To get this “reptile-mammal-ape brain” to transform into a human, or what we call humans, I must add as a disclaimer, that something called neocortex is added. It’s the part of the brain just behind your forehead bone.
From Fish to Human
After another millions of years of evolution, the neocortex is the latest part added to the human brain. So, in summary, the human brain is a mixture of brains from reptiles, mammals, and apes, with a unique “bonus” unit called the neocortex.
Neocortex coordinates it all and makes us act as…right…like humans!
However, when under stress, pressure, sorrow, or any other emotionally driven mode, the neocortex is often disconnected from the overall brain activity, and we act irrationally.
There are many examples of how this reality is, or at least has been used in marketing, to let your emotions dominate your decisions.
“Decision-making based on emotional intuition, without the aid of reason to keep it in line, pretty much always sucks.
5 Tips for Taking Command of Yourself
In the book Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister, and I highly recommend this excellent book, he talks about 5 different ways to build self-control and be in command of yourself. Get your copy of the book on Amazon.
In our daily lives, we often ignore the importance of self-control. Instead, the basic part of the brain (do you remember the description earlier about the snake brain?) and emotions take over.
Self-control often is the difference between success and failure.
Identify your triggers
The first thing to do is to clearly identify what makes you lose control and “hand over” the decision-making to your “Snake-brain.” It could be anything in your life, how you react, or how you do things. It can even be particular persons who influence you and get you acting in the way they want and not the way you would have preferred.
By identifying what triggers you to lose control of what you are doing, you can apply a sort of reengineering and find methods to avoid this kind of behavior.
Paying full attention to your thoughts and emotional feelings and knowing how to handle them will help you develop self-control.
When we get emotionally loaded, it’s easy to make decisions we will regret later.
Earlier in life, I often let my emotions trigger actions. If, for example, I got upset about something, I immediately created a message to confront what I thought was wrong. My ” snake brain” wrote the message. When getting distance to the whole case and viewing it from a different perspective, the message would also have been written completely differently.
After learning how to practice mindfulness, I still write the message when upset, but I leave it as a draft and sleep through it. The next day, when my “snake brain” isn’t dominating my behavior, the draft will be rewritten or, in most cases, entirely erased.
By keeping your feelings away, you can professionally manage your thoughts and make much better and rational decisions.
To set goals is something you have heard often. In various articles, we have analyzed the goal-setting process from different perspectives.
By having a clear goal and keeping it as a serious attempt to achieve it, your possibilities will be substantially higher than if you apply a randomly chosen path. All temptations to deviate from your goal will have less probability of succeeding.
Develop a routines
One of the unique characteristics of the human brain is our ability to learn and transform knowledge and skills into routines, helping us to be more efficient in whatever we are doing. Human intelligence allows us to develop and find routines based on experience and new skills acquired.
By building routines around your daily activities, you create schemes of how your day will look like. You will be more likely to stick to your plan. Your routines should never be static for the rest of your life but subject to experiencing new methods. While fine-tuning your routines, you’ll automatically improve the efficiency of your daily activities.
Self-discipline in practice
The fifth and last part of how to build self-control is very much about practicing all the steps.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”
Applying the five steps gives you a formula for improving your ability to reach what you really want in life.
Setting up smaller sub-goals is one way of reinforcing your self-control. You can tick off more frequent victories along the way by reaching all sub-goals. It will also help you to make the necessary changes.
Life is not a static path written in stone. Things are constantly changing, and being open and sensitive to those changes belongs to the kit for flourishing self-discipline.
Succeed With an Online Business by Being in Command of Yourself
Never before have so many tried to create a business online. The sad part is that most people fail. The explanation can be done in many different ways, but in summary, it all comes down to the ability to be in command of yourself. And what does that mean?
The five pillars, triggers, mindfulness, goals, routines, and self-discipline, constitute the formula for success.
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