Avoidance is far easier than resistance

Those of you who have read my book ‘Improve Your Life! 21 Strategies That Will Make The Difference’ (amazing value at just £9.99 each or ‘special offer’ price of 2 for £35.00 – which would be very special for me but not for you!) will know that each strategy is laced with a generous helping of pertinent quotes from the great and the good.

I use them because I think that a beautifully crafted quotation is worth its weight in gold when it comes to conveying a powerful point in the fewest words.

Three of my favourites include:

From Strategy 8 - Maintain Perspective: 
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Maya Angelou

From Strategy 14 – Believe in Yourself: 
“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.”
Venus Williams

From Strategy 20 – Be a Daydream Believer: 
“It pays to plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.”
Peter Drucker 

Anyway, with the commercial over it’s on to the main feature!

Sticking with the theme here is the same thought expressed by two famous and extraordinarily theatrical extroverts of their time.

“I can resist everything except temptation.”
Oscar Wilde

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
Mae West

For me it has been, and always will be, far better to avoid temptation rather than to try and resist it.
What I mean by that is if you know that once you open the bottle of wine you are not going to stop at the one glass; or if you DO open that tube of Pringles (other ways to get chronic indigestion are available) then you will make them disappear faster than Penn and Teller could; or if you do allow yourself to have a look at Facebook for ‘a few minutes’ - after the early evening news – and then … the next time you focus on the telly it’s the 10:45 p.m. review of the front pages of tomorrow’s newspapers … well then this short message is just for you!

You see, some things in life are really complex and some are really not.

So, why keep feeding the habit when you KNOW from countless experiences what the ending will be? Often simply side stepping ‘it’ will get you a very different and far more beneficial and positive outcome.

Lesson over! Just keep the cork in the bottle, keep the lid on the crisps and keep your finger off the
Facebook icon AND wait to see just how much better will you feel about yourself as a result.

The fact is that only you really know what would make you FEEL better about yourself by NOT DOING it. The key, whatever ‘it’ is being don’t try and resist it, instead choose the habit of avoiding it altogether in the first place.

You’ll be amazed at how your success rate soars when relying on will power alone is not the only option!