A Simple Trick to Overcome Temptation

I am a firm believer that willpower doesn’t work.
Pain is a potent agent of change. Our desire to avoid pain is intense. When I was a chubby kid trying to lose body fat, I was continuously tempted with desserts. The trick I used to ove Continue reading A Simple Trick to Overcome Temptation

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Choose your Pain

“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.” Seneca
There are two types of pain we all experience. The immediate sting of sacrifice or the distant pain of regret. I hope you will choose to make the small daily sacrifices that will improve your life instead of experiencing a mountain of regret at the end of your life. Regret should terrify us all. The pain of sacrifice is nothing compared to the torment of regret. Continue reading Choose your Pain

PAIN & PLEASURE -USE THEM OR THEY WILL USE YOU

“Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do. They govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it. In words a man may pretend to abjure their empire: but in reality, he will remain subject to it all the while.” Jeremy Bentham

At the most fundamental level, PAIN and PLEASURE are the two forces that motivate us to do anything. Every motive can be boiled down to an effort to avoid pain or seek pleasure. Our desire to avoid pain is powerful, even more, powerful than our desire to seek pleasure because it is more closely linked to our survival. Continue reading “PAIN & PLEASURE -USE THEM OR THEY WILL USE YOU”

TRAP WORDS & LOW EXPECTATIONS

We all know what we should do. Not a huge fan of that word. It’s a weak word used by people that have developed the habit of being undisciplined. Should, try, only, and just are trap words. When someone says, “I’ll try” they are politely saying no, I am not going to do it. When we say to ourselves, “it’s just one cookie,” we are giving in to weakness and temptation. When we say, “It is only one workout,” we are obeying weakness. Eliminate these words from your vocabulary, especially your self-talk. They weaken your resolve by making the transgression seem inconsequential. They make weakness more palatable. Continue reading “TRAP WORDS & LOW EXPECTATIONS”