Beware of Temptation (Philosophy)

When one decides to do away with it all, temptation rears its head and is even stronger than ever. It is important you recognize your vices and find ways to mitigate your exposure to them. The best way to overcome them is to increase you willpower. However, that usually drains people since they have limited willpower in the first place and the neurological connection their brains have to their impulses is too strong.

However, there are ways to increase your willpower and discipline. Not everything has to be taken head-on. Understand the connection to your vices took time to develop and will take time to weaken and eliminate. You have to engage in more productive tasks at a slow but consistent rate. Speed is not the priority, it is establishing a rhythm and forming a habit that will pay dividends in the future.

Increasing your willpower can become a habit. Example: meditate for five minutes every day at 6pm. That is a rhythm because it is a structure and structure establishes rhythm. Do this every day for a month. The month represents consistency and the two aspects together form what we call habit.

Your brain can’t handle sudden leaps and will resist heavily. You must chip away over time, not trying to eliminate bad habits but forming good ones. When the good habits outweigh the bad, the bad will fall away. Simple yet difficult.

This is the formula for defeating temptation: Rhythm (structure) + Consistency (Repetition of structure) = Habit.

Use it to form good habits you want to better your future and temptation will be no match for you.

Think about it.

Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .

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