Mood: Remembering. 🙂
So I was at certain church service at my home church a long time ago, and the sermon from that service has been stuck in my head since late February.
The topic? 7 tips to overcoming temptation.
Now, another friend of mine, who happens to be a therapist, was sitting in the congregation that day as well, and there was this strange moment where we looked at each other and made a mad grab for pen and paper. The tips definitely work. So, I thought, why not throw them out on the Internet for all the world to see?
1. Know yourself. This means identifying your problem areas. What do you have a problem with? The answer to this comes from past experience, not present experimentation.
2. Think about it. Every action gets easier when done repetitively. So think of the pros and cons about each action: how will this affect your family, friends, job, even reputation? Does the result justify the damage?
3. Keep away. This means setting boundaries. Think of being harnessed to the top of a dome. The farther you are from the top, the more likely you are to slide and fall, and you may reach the point of no return. Your boundaries may also differ at different times. Case in point: people who are frustrated at work are more susceptible to having an affair.
4. Simply say no. Take a hint from Eve and Satan in Eden. Satan tricked Eve by getting into an argument with her and verbally twisting stuff around. “No” is enough.
5. Swallow your pride. There is such a thing as pushing yourself too far. Be able to seek help.
6. Refocus. Distance yourself from the situation. It’s a lot easier to not think of a pink elephant when you’re not staring at a picture of one.
7. Willpower is a muscle: exercise it. This last one is pretty self-explanatory. But it’s true. Saying no to little things makes it easier to say no to big ones.