Control That Not This

We all waste energy trying to control aspects of our lives, that are completely out of our reach. We have also experienced giving into something, we thought we couldn’t control, but really could of. Self control is like a muscle. We can make it weaker or stronger. We can also fatigue it. We need to admit it’s a big piece of the puzzle when making changes.

We are exposed to an enormous amount of temptation and choices on a daily basis. Researchers have concluded that we all spend about 4 hours a day resisting temptation and making decisions. Should I check Facebook or interact with the human who is actually sitting next to me? Eat pita chips or cut up veggies to dip in hummus? Watch Bravo or walk the dog? Do it now or later. Definitely later because my future self has more discipline than my current self! Or so we think.

The picture above was taken in our flower garden this week. It’s February. I live in New Hampshire! That bud should be covered in snow! I have absolutely zero control over what’s happening to my flowers right now. I will admit, I tried to come up with ways to stop that plant from growing! That would mean I am trying to control nature? The research says I have a limited amount of internal resources for self control. Meaning, the more energy I waste trying to control greenery, the less energy I will have to curb my desire for Stacy’s pita chips. I think I will save my energy for the type of control that gets results. Self control.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’ll be driving to New Hampshire this week. I hope that nice weather holds out for a few more days. 🙂

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    1. plankful says:

      It’s such a weird winter! 50 on Sunday?

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      1. Carrie Rubin says:

        It was like that in NE Ohio a couple days ago. Then it got colder again, but it’s been such a great winter, I can’t complain!

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      2. plankful says:

        So true! Last winter was ridiculous! I just hope you aren’t coming up here to ski!

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      3. Carrie Rubin says:

        No skiing for me. Just helping a family member out with a medical appointment. I always love visiting the area. It’s like my second home.

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      4. plankful says:

        I love living up here! I feel like I’m on vacation every day!!! We are in a little town inbetween Portsmouth and North Conway!

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      5. Carrie Rubin says:

        My family is in Keene. Great town.

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      6. plankful says:

        I’ve never been there!!!! I need to put that on the list of places to go this summer! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. I know you’re right, but I if I buy Stacy’s pita chips, I have no control over not eating them. My, but they are good. 🙂

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    1. plankful says:

      I’m considering giving them up….😳

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  4. Miriam says:

    Too true, choices and temptations every day. And often it just depends on our state of mind as to whether we can resist doing what we shouldn’t! 🙂

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  5. DaisyWillows says:

    Thank you for reminding me what is worth spending my energy one 🙂

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    1. plankful says:

      Anytime! I’m responding to you while riding my exercise bike! I would rather be back in bed! But I will be thrilled when I complete my work out!

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  6. c.l.skellern says:

    My mind is naturally anxious, so I have an almost constant internal monologue going on inside my brain. I’ve learnt to not let it overtake me though and inside live in (relative) harmony with it. Great and thoughtful post.

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you! Inner dialogue’s default is negative! It takes a lot of awareness to shift the focus. But you are proof it can be done!!!

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