I was reading this post and this paragraph stood out:
‘People who are good at self-control … seem to be structuring their lives in a way to avoid having to make a self-control decision in the first place,’ Galla tells me. And structuring your life is a skill. People who do the same activity — like running or meditating — at the same time each day have an easier time accomplishing their goals, he says. Not because of their willpower, but because the routine makes it easier.
My practice is intending to be good at self control. After reading this article, my next step is to practice managing the temptation so that I acknowledge first all that I am blessed to have the opportunity to experience the temptation and then breathe into whether there are both a fully rational part of me that does not veto the notion and a light side me that feels aligned with the notion.
If both are a go, then I will check to make sure there aren’t some major, formerly unappreciated benefits for staying the course. If there is no compelling benefits for staying the course, I shall throughly enjoy, savor, and feel gratitude for experiencing the temptation with awareness and openness. I shall as well monitor my experience for emerging “I did something different today and look what happened” stories and unfolding stories that I would like to tell in six months.
Looking forward to the next juicy temptation so I can try it out.