How to resist temptations. 10 steps to resist temptation

how to resist temptations

Resist temptations

Resist temptations, such an arduous task. It is a problem that we all face. The information age has only made things worse.

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We all give in to temptations, some more than others. We do this despite our knowledge of the harm they can bring us. Moreover, we also judge others that give in to them.

Not only do we repeatedly fail to resist temptations, we expect others to be principled when dealing with them.

This slight hypocrisy is very common in most people and you can see it especially well in people that never fulfill their commitments and yet whine about politicians not fulfilling their promises.

If we cannot resist the temptations we have right now, how can we hope to do better once we do have more power and consequently more access to self-indulgence?

Just giving in to temptations can destroy entire lives and careers of people. This is why we must know how to resist temptations, especially if we want to move upwards in life.

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

―John Adams

The power that comes with rising up only magnifies temptations. As a famous quote of John Dalberg-Acton goes-

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”

―John Dalberg-Acton

Is it then possible to resist temptations? Can we resist temptations not only in the limited scope in which we operate, but even if we do gain power and prestige?

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How to tame the mind

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The nature of thoughts

How do we tame the mind? Our mind is filled with thoughts that continue without us having any control over them.

Have you ever wondered how many thoughts go through your brain each day? Scientists estimate that an average human thinks between 2500-3300 thoughts each hour and an approximate of 50,000 thoughts per day.

Often about the same things. This is what Gautam Buddha 2500 years ago called the monkey mind and he had a few insights as to how to tame it.

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