Self-control is an aspect of your character that only you can control (anger, fear, attitude, gratitude, initiative, etc.). It’s defined as your ability to use restraint over one’s own impulse, emotions, or desires.
Sometimes it may make you feel better if you say something back to someone–even if it is not
appropriate. Self-control may be a simple as biting your tongue. Take a breath before you speak.
Once your words are out of your mouth you cannot take them back and the damage is done. Self-
control is also your control over your impulses (doing something without thinking). As a rule, if
you have to think about doing something (whether it is the right or wrong thing to do) it is
probably the wrong thing to do. This is especially true when other people are trying to get you to
do something like teaming up on someone else, shoplifting, trespassing on someone’s property,
laughing at someone when they are being bullied instead of putting an end to it. Avoid the
temptation to go along.
Self-control is extremely important in achieving your goals in life. Personal goals–such as
exercising, eating, not procrastinating, saving money, and getting good grades–will help you achieve
you dreams regardless of how difficult they may be. Don’t let anger control you. Learn to control
your anger before it controls you.
Discuss this with your parents or other important people in your life and record your
 How do I demonstrate self-control even when it is difficult (I may not like the other
person and he / she may not like me)? The person may be bulling you or is mean.

 How do I develop more self-control in my life?

 How can I improve my self-control and why is this important?

 Other thoughts, ideas and discussions with parents, regarding respect


Student: ______ Parent or Guardian: ________ Date: __