Rules For Riley; Rule 13: Control Your Impulses

These rules are meant to be bite-sized life lessons that lay a foundation to learn from. They are designed to help cultivate strength, insight, and wisdom as a part of your life. These rules are not definitive and should be used as thought-provoking exercises. These rules are not written in any particular order.

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If something upsets you: stop, take a breath and process it. What happened? What caused it? Now, think about your reaction: What did you say? What did you feel? Did this make things better or worse? You can’t control the things that upset you but you can control which impulses you follow in the wake of them. Controlling your impulses is the best way to master the uncontrollable world around you.