Part 1 – Self-Control: If You Learn Self-Control, You Can Master Anything

Do you know that having good self-control can help you be successful in all areas of your life, such as your relationships, career, friendships, and even self-esteem?

According to research by Duke University, people with good self-control reported higher satisfaction in their relationships and improved mental and physical health. They are also more well-respected by their family, friends, and colleagues because people with good self-control speak, act, and carry themselves differently from others.

Self-control is one of the major contributors to our goals, achievements, and quality of life in general. A person who lacks self-control will unconsciously self-sabotage their success and relationships with others.

Can you imagine how a lack of self-control in the workplace can lead to dire consequences? For example, a client complained to your boss that you were rude to him. As a result, you were passed over for a promotion and gained a reputation for being difficult to work with. We all have our off days, but all it takes is one slip-up to derail our reputation, career, and relationships.

Whether we like it or not, it is crucial to practice self-control if we want to achieve our dreams and live a successful life. However, this is easier said than done because our self-control is a deeply ingrained behaviour. Most of us go through life on autopilot without thinking much about it.

The bottom line is we have all been there. Sometimes, we speak or act before we think, leading to regrettable outcomes that affect our relationships with others. Mastering your self-control does not happen overnight because it modulates your deeply ingrained intellect, emotions, and behaviours.

The good news is that self-control is like a muscle, which you can strengthen and improve over time. This series of articles will show you how to build lasting self-control that will serve you well in all areas of your life.

Are you ready to gain more self-control and master your life? Stay tuned for the forthcoming.

Part 2 – Self-Control: The Most Overlooked Key to Your Success

About the Author:


MBA Programme Leader, Graduate School of Business, SEGi College Subang Jaya

With a career spanning over three decades, Dr Jerry Koay was an industrial practitioner for 20 years in electronics manufacturing engineering and operations prior to his dedication to the education industry for more than 14 years. Currently, he leads the MBA programme of SEGi College Subang Jaya.

In a managerial capacity, he worked in various multinational corporations locally and abroad as a functional and operations manager in charge of production, process, equipment, and industrial engineering.

Being an ex-director of academic affairs, he chaired the academic board research board and served as a member of the executive management board. A passionate educationist, he lectured and supervised research in business schools in areas of operations management, project management, technology management, and change management in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of universities and colleges.


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