With most people the reaction to their environment and to events is mainly impulsive and mostly uncontrolled. So the first step for them is to become conscious of what they are doing, the second being to refuse to do it when reflection and wisdom dictate a better course. All this implies a taking hold of the self and a disciplining of its mechanism--body, feelings, and thoughts. It leads to using the self with awareness and functioning in it with efficiency.
-- Notebooks Category 6: Emotions and Ethics > Chapter 1: Uplift Character > # 294