"No man is free who cannot control himself."
Executive functioning skills can make or break a life - whether academically, in business, or even in a marriage. These three skills: self-control, flexibility, and organization, in particular, starkly illustrate both success and failure. Knowing how to better navigate each of these potential minefields will build the odds of success in your favor, regardless of your age!
People of all ages do battle with the occasional bag of Doritos or
Some other examples of self-control include:
• waiting to be called on in class rather than shouting out
• tolerating annoyance and irritation instead of losing composure
• practicing moderation in food and drink instead of giving in to temptation
How Can We Improve Self-Control?
• plan your schedule
• get enough sleep (don't get HALT)
• build in periodic rewards to keep the momentum going
Self-control is when we tell ourselves, 'NO', and we mean it.
Change is difficult for most people. Nevertheless, the ability to adapt is associated with leadership and success. Inventors, entrepreneurs, and the like are often labeled as innovative and adaptable. So it must be a big deal, right?
What are some examples of flexibility?
• compromising with others
• tolerating schedule changes
• allowing someone to do something differently than you would do it
How Can We Improve Flexibility?
• do something you currently know how to do - but do it differently
• routines can become ruts - change it up!
• challenge yourself - think boxing, painting, improv, etc.
• children do crave routine - but boredom is the enemy
• meet new people
Ask Mari Kondo if organization is important. She's basically built an empire on her philosophies, ideas and strategies related to organization. Yes - it's important.
Examples of organization include:
• being able to find important items quickly and without stress
• maintaining a schedule in which you are consistently prompt
• keeping an orderly space, whether a bedroom, office, backpack or car
If you consider how much time you spend looking for things, re-doing something and then subsequently finding the original, or replacing items you think you've lost forever only to find said items just as the Amazon driver knocks at the door with your replacements, you'll find it really adds up.
Lack of organization is a major stressor for all sorts of people - big and small, young and old alike. It's one of those things that don't just come naturally.
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