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Need More Self-Control? Try a Simple Ritual - Scientific American
In the past, my colleagues and I have found that rituals reduce anxiety before stressful tasks, and improve performance. They allow us to enjoy our family holidays more. And they also give us a greater sense of control after experiencing a loss, whether a loved one or in a lottery. Given the power of rituals, we thought we might test their effectiveness in resisting temptation.
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Psychology research has found that our behaviors lead us to conclusions about ourselves: donating money to the homeless causes us to view ourselves as caring, and giving up our seat on the subway leads us to believe we’re polite, for instance. Following a series of steps over and over again, which happens when we use rituals, requires some good self-discipline. So, we reasoned, when we see ourselves engaging in a ritual, we code that behavior as a sign that we are people with self-control. And thanks to that self-control, we choose the apple (or carrot) over the chocolate and thus reduce our caloric intake.
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Classical Confucian philosophy places a lot of emphasis on ritual. It may be no surprise, then that, evidence suggests that East Asians from highly ritualized Confucian cultures have stronger self-regulation skills than people from Western cultures. Likewise, the military lifestyle across cultures is known to induce both self-discipline and behavioral regulation, perhaps in part due to its many rituals, including marching, chanting, and other regimented behaviors, that ensure order and high levels of motivation. At the outset, these rituals may seem like a waste of time. Yet, as our research suggests, they are quite powerful. Even when they are not embedded in years of tradition, simple rituals can help us build personal discipline and self-control. With a simple ritual, that piece of chocolate cake may not look as tempting.
health  psychology  productivity  selfdiscipline 
august 2018 by genome
Self-Discipline
Blog posting series on how to develop self discipline.

FTA: The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline are: Acceptance, Willpower, Hard Work, Industry, and Persistence. A WHIP. ...
Each day of the series, I’ll explore one of these pillars, explaining why it’s important and how to develop it. But first a general overview….

As recommended by Adriana Beal - Practice #2: Develop strong self-discipline
Self-discipline is “the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state”. Having self-discipline is crucial to my method of getting things done. If you think you need help in this area, read this series of articles from Steve Pavlina.
selfdiscipline  productivity  work  career  life  leadership 
august 2012 by jflorablack

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