There is a distinguishable difference between wants and needs. It is easier for me to see it when I exercise self-control.
I avoid pushing myself to have something that only satisfies me emotionally. Giving myself time to process the emotion helps me to determine if that thing is necessary. In most cases, I realize that it is more of a want than a need.
When I have a meal, I sometimes feel hungry afterwards. It is tempting to get something else to eat, but I wait a while before having it.
After a few moments, I realize that my hunger wanes. It means that what I viewed as a need is actually a want. Taking my time to process the sensation helps me to make the most ideal decision.
I am careful to stick to my budget. When there is temptation to splurge on a frivolous purchase, I think about it carefully first.
Weighing the options helps me zoom in on the suitable choice to make. I assess how the splurge affects my ability to cover necessary expenses. Deciding against the purchase prevents me from getting into a financial bind.
Self-control teaches me how to be satisfied with what I have.
Today, I commit to exercising self-control in all aspects of my life. I know that achieving it helps me to lead a balanced life. My focus is first on satisfying my needs, then fulfilling my wants.
1. In which situations do I allow myself to give in to something I want?
2. What activities can I practice to develop greater self-control?
3. How much of an impact do changed circumstances have on my self-control?