Think back to a particularly tempting moment in your life that you managed to avoid. How did you do it? The answer may hold the key to staving off future temptations.
Was it the image of a frying pan flying towards your face that kept you from running back into your ex’s arms? Did the three-sizes-ago-jeans-induced abdominal pain keep you away from that dessert buffet? More likely, thinking about fresh fruits and vegetables or going for a run made the difference when you got that powerful urge to snack. (Focusing on a better alternative, rather than on not having the thing we’re after, is usually the best technique.)
Regardless of what’s worked for you in the last, thinking about it again can help you avoid the temptation of the moment.
Just keep in mind that acknowledging a vice—i.e., admitting you have no control—will make you succumb to it even more. So don’t ever, ever admit to giving in to that chocolate cake, Icy Spicy Martini or semi-annual clearance sale. Even to yourself.