To persevere through adversity, I must override my impulses and choose to do those things that will benefit me.

Self-control plays a large part in this, because I need self-control when I have to choose between hanging out with my friends or going to my room and doing the “TON” of homework Ms. Margaret has assigned me. (Work that now has to be in cursive!) By choosing to persevere and do my work first, I get it finished, and I actually have more time to hang out with my friends.

Another example is if I’m not getting along with someone. I have to choose between making it worse by arguing or just saying okay and ending the discussion. I usually benefit more by having the conflict go away than by getting the last word.

Persevering through adversity is hard sometimes, but it can be done. After all, “self-control is freedom.”

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