Self control mean to control oneself even when the tides are high i.e. even when the situation or circumstances are rather testing. Self control requires mental fortitude or strength of character; it shows how tough you are inside. People who have self control perform better even when the chips are down. Quite often in the times of adversities we give in and ultimately our cause is lost, however if we develop a certain level of self control in ourselves we might as well end up on the brighter side of things .
The level of self control is also tested under provocative circumstances, when someone or the other is hell bent on breaking our composure. Someone who has the ability to exhibit complete self control is referred to as a ‘stoic’. Sir Charles Kingsley rightly remarked “Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.”