Ways to Replace Temptation with Self Control

Surfing the internet this morning, I couldn’t help but share this write up from daily positives.

Overall, I would consider myself a fairly controlled person. Yet when it comes to men, food, and social drinking – sayonara! As much fun as it might be at the time, the regret of: “Man, I told myself I would be in control this time” that comes later is not a good feeling.

Sound familiar?

Saying you want one thing and doing the complete opposite can create a lot of unnecessary chaos in life.

Not only does being impulsive throw off our equilibrium, but it also takes away from our broader personal goals.

When it comes down to avoiding what’s good for us or making decisions we will regret later, it’s a matter of exercising self control and learning how to BUILD that muscle.

Yet, this tends to be easier said than done and requires a conscious, mindful effort.

Here are 5 simple ways to practice more self control during the moments that tempt you most. Pick at least 2 you can use right now, practice them for 7 days, and see what a difference it makes!

1. Be Honest About Your Temptations

The first step is being truthful with yourselfabout what your temptations are, so you know how to manage them in the future.

What situations, without fail, always leave you saying, “I wish I didn’t do that”?

For example, if you know you can’t have chips in the house without finishing the entire bag upon opening them, deciding not to buy them in the first place is a good starting point. Recognizing the temptations lets you help prevent them before you’ve gone too deep.

2. Quit Cold Turkey

While we want to believe we are strong enough to overcome temptation when faced with it (or at least try to), avoiding the temptation altogether is the only guarantee for doing so.

Living in extremes can require quitting in extremes.

Try a 30-day alcohol free month, social media detox challenge, or cut off communication from a toxic relationship.

3. Recognize Your Long-Term Goals & Tie the Present Moment to Them

When avoiding your temptation triggers may not be an option, consider your long-term goals before engaging in a potential regretful activity.

Living for short-term gratification can seem harmless, but has the ability to negatively impact your aspirations down the line.

Make sure that a Wednesday night Happy Hour is really worth the lost productivity at work the next day!

4. Get an Accountability Partner

Having an accountability partner (or group) is a great way to stay on track for any goal, and becoming more self-disciplined is no exception.

It’s always easier to assess a situation and see clearly when you’re not directly in it.

So the next time you’re feeling tempted, call a friend for encouragement and reminders to help you choose positively, wisely and in alignment with your goal/s.

5. Listen to & Trust the “Good” Shoulder Angel

We all have the little voice that tells us not to do something, and the one that tells us to do it anyway.

Impulsiveness is often engaging in something that goes against our better judgment, and against our values.

So the next time you feel conflicted, stop and make a deliberate choice to do the opposite of what you might want to do. Over time, this will become second nature.

Ultimately, every choice in life has a consequence. It is rewarding to engage in decisions that bring you closer to the person you want to be (the person you really are deep down!).

After awhile, you’ll be able to appreciate the peace which comes from aligning what you say you want with your actions. You will live from a place of equilibrium.

Credit: Ashley David

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5 Things To Do When You’re Tempted To Worry

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  • PLACE YOUR TRUST IN GOD: Believe that God will take care of your situation, in His perfect way and timing.
  • HUMBLE YOURSELF: Honestly come before God and let Him know you can’t do it on your own. Recognize that you need His help to have success in any area of your life
  • CAST YOUR CARES ON HIM: God wants us to throw our cares and worries onto Him and allow Him to carry the weight of them. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
  • CHOOSE TO THINK AND SAY POSITIVE, FAITH-FILLED STATEMENTS FROM GOD’S WORD: For example: “The Lord is going to take care of this. It doesn’t matter what it looks like- I believe God is working!”
  • ENJOY YOUR LIFE WHILE YOU WAIT: Enter into God’s rest, knowing He will come through!

Worry is truly a waste of time and energy. I am in the journey of making myself happy, peaceful, and joy to battle worry from my life. What i do is to focus on what I have and grateful for, avoid argument, enjoy my moment privately by playing game or watching a series movie. My new character has sparked a lot of controversies and confusion amongst my friends and fiance. They keep telling me have changed.

I Laughed!!!

Told my fiance this is the new me. I won’t allow the stress of the wedding, or any other thing steal my joy. I have put everything in God’s hands, let Him take control over all. She is still not convinced. But am trying to convince her we good.

What am trying to say here is that we should never allow worry steal our joy. Whatever the issue of problem, cast your care to God, He will always answer and be there for you.

Stay motivated, inspired and free today!!!

Repost: Terrorists In Churches

Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in certain churches. Church security identifies these as Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin.

Their leader, Osama Bin Lucifer, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy the pastors and the churches.

A tiny cell known by the name Bin Workin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church. This group appears to be very weak. It is easy to detect because it is the only group that is active in service to Christ. Unlike the true terrorist cells, the Bin Workin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along. Bin Workin visibly does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ.

We have noticed that the Bin Workin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Prayin, and Bin Longin for their Master, Jesus Christ, to return. Which cell group do you belong to?
2 Thessalonians 3:11-For we hear that there are some, which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Mark 13:32-3-But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father, Take ye heed, watch and pray: For ye know not when that time is.

These same groups have been detected in other denominations. The Office of Home Church Security is coordinating its efforts with the Bin Workin group to interdict the activities of the five terrorist cells now known to be active throughout many American churches. Report all sightings to proper authorities.

By Rev. Dennis Smart, alias Bin Readin
Edited by Carlton Earp, alias Bin Thinkin

Temptation

What is it?

Why is it?

Is it a desire of something wrong,
something bad?

Is it a desire of something we shouldn’t have?

Why do we desire things we shouldn’t have?

Who says we shouldn’t have it?

Who says it’s wrong,

who says it’s bad?

Don’t things we want fill a natural human/animal need?

Do we judge other animals for their needs
and desires?

Aren’t we just animals like all the rest?

Are temptations the same around the world?

Is what’s desired here desired there?

Do temptations change as time goes by?

Do societies norms evolve over time?

Does what’s bad or tempting changes as times moves by?

Human needs and desires are constant, it’s civilization that’s not.

It’s civilization that dictates what is “tempting” and “bad”.