Think of any Entrepreneur. Think of any business person, doctor, writer, actor. You’re likely thinking of a successful business person, doctor, writer, actor. That person that you’re thinking of got there partly – maybe mainly! – because of self-regulation.

“Self-regu-what?” you might be asking. I know – long word, simple meaning. Self-regulation. Self-regulation is the personality process to exert control over your thoughts, feelings, and actions. In short, self-regulation is you restraining yourself, putting good constraints on yourself.

Self-regulation is:

  • Self-discipline: telling yourself to do something at some time
  • Focus: telling yourself to alert your mind to one project or one goal
  • Self-control: creating good constraints for yourself

Self-regulation is what anyone who’s ever gotten anywhere in the long run uses.

  1. You need to get better at your game and expertise is trainable. You need to put in that 10,000 hours of practice to get yourself there.
  2. You need to get more well-known at your game and you need to put in that 10 years of persistence to get you there.
  3. And, finally, you need to make a lot of the self-regulation in your life into automatic behavior (like Jen says in this comment) because then you can free your mind to focus on reaching those things you really want to accomplish. As we know, self-regulation works like a muscle: the more you work it, the easier it becomes to do more and more of it – in more and more areas of your life!

Think of that person who is successful. That person self-regulates in a major way. The one who self-regulates wins!


  1. Posted Wednesday May 9, 2007 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    My opinion is we should have dream at the first step about what we really want in the future before we can have self-regulation. Create positive thinking in our mind will create positive energy to move into action. Then we can use self-disciplines, focus and self-control to achieve that.

  2. Posted Wednesday May 9, 2007 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Danny, I think you have a very valid point. I can tell you many ways to get to your goal once you have a goal. Many specific, proven ways.

    And I can get you to your goal if you’re thinking that something is not quite right.

    But if you have no motivation to change anything about your life, then in those cases, I do not know how I can help that person. Self-motivated positive thinking is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Thank you.