Struggling with Self-Control? – Here’s the Simple Trick ‘Disciplined’ People Use

March 21, 2024

James Clear shares an insightful tip 'disciplined' people use to better structure their lives in his book, Atomic Habits.

“When scientists analyze people who appear to have tremendous self-control, it turns out those individuals aren’t all that different from those who are struggling.

Instead, ‘disciplined’ people are better at structuring their lives in a way that does not require heroic willpower and self-control.

In other words, they spend less time in tempting situations.

The people with the best self-control are typically the ones who need to use it the least.

It’s easier to practice self-restraint when you don’t have to use it very often.

So, yes, perseverance, grit, and willpower are essential to success, but the way to improve these qualities is not by wishing you were a more disciplined person, but by creating a more disciplined environment.”

James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

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