My first post, How Successful People Stay Calm, continues to strike a nerve (3 million+ reads here on LinkedIn). A common theme in the 4.5K comments is that the strategies work, except when self-control gets in the way of doing what you know you should be doing.
What is it about self-control that makes it so difficult to rely on? Self-control is a skill we all possess (honest); yet we tend to give ourselves little credit for it. Self-control is so fleeting for most that when Martin Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed two million people and asked them to rank order their strengths in 24 different skills, self-control ended up in the very bottom slot.