There’s nothing inherently wrong with being impulsive. The foolish-ness or wisdom-ness of a choice isn’t based on length of time it took to make the decision. It’s just that taking your time usually leads to better results…But some of us aren’t wired to act slowly.
We’re more like an electrified Chihuahua that’s hopped up on crack.
We think. We act. It happens so fast that most people don’t call it thinking. However, I think you can make your “ADD” work for you. (I’m not making an argument to abolish self-control. Everyone needs to curb our natural, sinful impulses.) Here are few things to keep in mind to help you increase the impact of your impulsiveness:
Don’t feel guilty. You can’t fight the way you are designed. Impulsive actions have huge benefit to the community. First: you’re faster than most people. Faster to help, to have fun, to shake things up, etc.. Secondly, impulsive enthusiasm is infectious. Finally, you often make a ton of mistakes, and people get to laugh at you. Nothing creates community like laughter. If you don’t like being laughed at, get over yourself.
Don’t feel better than others. I’ve known some impulsive people to say they are more led by the Spirit, because they act quickly. The logic is so poor in this statement I’m not even going to engage it. If you feel like this, I feel sorry for you. If you want to have a discuss this, hit me up on Facebook. (see, I really do have a little compassion)
Keep your mind pure. Impulsive actions come from your brain. If you are filled with bitterness, envy, a critical spirit, or insecurity, well, these things will come out in your impulsive actions. Instinct can be great, but it needs to be trained.
Be relentless in your reflections. Typically, this is a struggle for impulsive people, but it’s a necessary skill. Everything you’re surprised by something you do is an opportunity for reflection. Examine what you did, why you did it, and what happened as a result. The more you shape your thoughts, the more you control your impulses.