Stop Being Impulsive

A few months ago I realized that one of my biggest problems at work was that I’m impulsive. I would get an assignment and instead of doing the work, I would start checking CNN or thechive.com. It got to the point where I was convinced that I had ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder).

In reality, I just wasn’t making myself focus. And that was caused by impulsively doing whatever I wanted. I found that whenever I had to talk to someone new or had a difficult challenge, I would start checking the history bar in my browser to see what sites I could use to distract myself.

So I googled “how can I stop being impulsive.” I ended up on a Yahoo Answers page where someone had posted some really great advice to the asker.

Best Quotes About Being Impulsive
These are some of my favorite quotes. I read them every day to remind myself that I sometimes have to fight to keep my emotions in check.

“Developing the ability to delay gratification enables you to mature as a human being and lead a more productive and happier life.”

“So impulse control is really about self mastery. If you are always at the beck and call of emotionally charged impulses then you are like a ship in a storm with no one at the helm.”

“Our impulses tend to make us greedy, insensitive and thoughtless. Impulse is driven by emotion and the more emotional we become, the less clearly we are able to think.”

“A lack of impulse control can make us say things we regret, be addictive, go for short term ‘advantage’ despite long term losses and eventually wreck your life and that of people around you.”

How’s that for insightful? The full Yahoo Answers page is here. Give it a read and let me know your favorite quotes in the comments of this post.

Author: Invincible INFP

Hi, I'm Mike!

I'm a life coach, a full-time employee, a single Dad and a writer.

I'm here to try to help you navigate the waters of career happiness so you can enjoy your life.

5 thoughts on “Stop Being Impulsive”

  1. My favorite quote is “So impulse control is really about self mastery. If you are always at the beck and call of emotionally charged impulses then you are like a ship in a storm with no one at the helm.”

  2. I have so much trouble with deadlines and mostly never on time to meetings, job interviews, seeing friends, etc. I’m an artist, INFP with ADHD and always have to do something creative before I’m supposed to do what needs to be done. As a result I have to rush everywhere making me drive like a maniac and am always stressed out. Thanks for your post. BTW I should be working now. Argh!

  3. I’m young, and its a struggle, I just can’t seem to help it. When I’m stressed out during exam time I actively look for distractions, though I try to convince myself its good, I know its just wasting my time. I always set myself the goal of not being this way, and fail every time. I’m so disappointed in myself.

    1. No problem Vanessa! Just remember to keep fighting. Fighting is an unappealing idea to INFPs, but when we give up, our minds start running amock and causing tons of trouble for us! Life is a constant fight, so we have to be on guard 🙂

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