What is your first instinct when someone places a delicious piece of pie in front of you? Is it to devour it immediately in the hopes that you might get more or maybe that you will never get a chance to eat it again? Or do you wait a little while to see if they are going to give you whipped cream, a glass of milk, or even permission from your parents to eat it? There are studies that show how being able to wait and see, or display self discipline is of superb benefit to you in your youth and later in your adult years. The level of self discipline is dependent on how you interpret life around you and how much influence others have on you.
One study that comes to mind, was conducted was with 10 young children around the age of 6 or so. They were placed in a room by themselves and were given a plate of candy and they were instructed that if they waited to eat the candy until the person came back, they would be guaranteed some more. The child was left alone and the cameras ran to see what the child would do. After a few seconds, the majority of the students quickly decided to eat the candy. Only three of the ten children choose to wait until the person came back into the room to see what would happen. The students were rewarded with more candy and then were asked why they chose to wait. The majority of the responses were, "It was easy to wait because I knew that I was going to get more and if I got more, I could probably save it for another day." The other interesting part of this study was that they followed these same children into adulthood and they found that the same three that were able to wait had become successful and were living very stable lives. The opposite was true for the other seven. They had struggled along and showed more instability in their lives.
Take a note from most of your elite parents, athletes, artists, actors, teachers, sales people, doctors, scientists, etc., and notice how disciplined they are at their craft. They demand a lot of discipline of themselves and do the things that others aren't willing to do. They approach life and their tasks with a sense of confidence and self assurance. They display patterns of positive behavior toward themselves and others. They are usually very grateful for what they have and are usually happy for others as well. They also seem very calm and always try and find solutions to different situations. They see the good in the world and the positive potential in others. They also embrace any challenges and seek what the lesson is in the challenge. Finally, they see the growth potential in self and seek to always want to learn more about themselves. Does this make them perfect? Does this mean that they will never faulter? Absolutely not, it means that they have discovered that if they were going to live to their potential, they would have to accept full responsibility for their behavior. Blame none, don't be a victim, but instead accept that nothing ever happens to you unless you are somehow involved. It is learning to know that you must assess, pause, and wait to see what lessons life are teaching you that make you keenly aware of who you are. Show enough self restraint to see how your actions affect your environment and others around you.
With that said, "Put a little MaxPower into your life!"
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