“I can resist everything except temptation” (Oscar Wilde). Stay away from people that may tempt you into falling back and who don’t pull, push, persuade, or inspire you forward into the progression of achieving your goals, while maximizing greatness within. May your actions correspond with your needs. I will repeat this important principle multiple times, it is much easier to avoid temptation than it is trying to beat it. It’s best not to acquire the taste or bad habit to begin with. Just think of a box of donuts or cookies being put in front of you. The likelihood of succumbing to temptation is quite high, compared to pastries, pizza, or candy not being optional.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV). For change to occur a person with a shopping problem should stay out of the mall. A drinker should stay out of the bar. A gambler should stay out of the casino. A person trying to lose weight should stay away from a buffet. It is easier to avoid temptation than it is trying to beat temptation. Acknowledging that we possess a self-created problem within ourselves allows the ability to let solutions work through and for us. That permits us to change our ways by living in a positive, progressive, forward moving, massively growing manner. As Tony Robbins advocates, “Raise your standards. Change your shoulds into musts. Stop shoulding all over yourself.”
Remember, it’s much easier avoiding temptation or not acquiring the taste than it is trying to beat temptation or eradicate an acquired taste. Let’s ponder this truth while parenting or role modeling for kids and people all around us. Poor habits acquired incrementally over time creep in surreptitiously, catching us off guard. We may wonder how divorce, job loss, poor health, or an undesirable event occurred, until radically honest deep self-reflection reveals truths of neglect and mismanaged priorities. Manage yourself well—nobody will do it for you. Self-love what you owe yourself—nothing less.
It is far easier to avoid temptation than it is trying to beat it. Some people may say you should be strong enough to recognize a problem and be resilient enough to fight temptation by placing oneself directly in the midst of possible troubles. It is not wise to try stopping a drinking problem and hang out in a bar. Do not expect to fix a shopping vice attempting to restrain from spending money unnecessarily by perusing through a mall or any sources of online shopping. That is absurd. Acknowledging an issue as problematic, choosing to respond differently, replacing an unwanted bad wont with a positive habit, being okay with cravings, knowing this too shall pass—intellectually, spiritually or from experience, while positively persevering in thoughts, words, behaviors, and every day rituals give people leverage to unleash greatness that overcomes any and all walls of acquired poor routines.