“Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself.”
– Buddha –
What’s the most important skill for living a happier, healthier, more prosperous life?
Self-Mastery. Psychologists call it self-regulation or self-control, and it’s the ability to get yourself to consistently behave in ways that move you toward your goals rather than away from them.
- It’s the ability to set a course of action and keep moving forward no matter how hard it gets or how unmotivated you feel.
- It’s the ability to recognize and overcome your negative habits, so you can intentionally create the amazing life you’ve imagined.
- It’s the ability to say no in the face of increasing temptation from slick marketers and global companies who care more about their bottom line than your long-term health and financial security.
- It’s the ability take sustained action toward your goals in the face of self-doubt and the endless array of distractions imposed by more and more technology.
I may be overstating this, but I believe it to be true. More than any other time in history, self-mastery is the essential skill that can rescue humanity from its path of over-indulgence, under-regulation and potential self-destruction.