Too often, it’s all or nothing.
I can tend to be my own worst enemy. I have a hard time regulating myself.
When I indulge, I have a tendency to go all in.
2 glasses of wine suddenly turns into 5. 1 delicious chocolate chip cookie turns into 3.
I can regulate myself – but more often regulating means abstaining.
Just avoiding it altogether. And while that certainly requires some willpower, I think the even greater challenge is to find that balance.
I think it can be easy to avoid something after the habit loop has been broken.
But it requires real strength to actually moderate yourself. To be able to just dip your toes in the water without having to jump in head first.
And too often in life, we try and make it all or nothing. Rather than strive for moderation – we cut ourselves off completely. And over the long term, I think this is less sustainable.
Sure – we can sacrifice, work 70-80 hours a week, and attain a strong business acumen and success to accompany that work. But I think even more impressive is being able to attain that same level of success while balancing life and work.
And it is possible.
But it requires discipline.
More discipline than just going all in.
Moderation can be more difficult to achieve than outright abstinence.
But ultimately, it’s about finding the right balance.