Self-control is very valuable, and most of us are eager to boost our self-mastery. One of the best ways, it turns out, is through monitoring. The more aware we are of what we're actually doing-not what we wish we were doing, or imagine that we're doing-the more control we can exert over ourselves. Monitoring dramatically boosts our self-awareness, and self-awareness is a key to self-mastery.
Monitoring has an almost uncanny power; people who keep close track of just about anything tend to do a better job with it, in key categories such as eating, drinking, exercising, working, TV- and internet-use, and spending.
In fact, in some studies, the mere presence of a mirror-which allowed people literally to watch over themselves-made them more likely to behave in a more upright way.
On the flip side, research shows, failing to monitor ourselves is one of the main reasons that we lose self-control. As we lose a sense of self-awareness, our behavior starts to change; ourRead More »from Why a Mirror Can Make You Behave Better, and 5 More Tips for Boosting Self-Control