By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. You’re trying to lose weight. Should you:
a) Pick up some donuts for everyone on your way in to work.
b) Purge the sugary snacks from your home.
2. You are saving up for a down payment on a new home. Should you:
a) Say “yes!” when your friend suggests a weekend getaway to Las Vegas.
b) Invite friends to your apartment for game night.
On paper, these answers are easy. You choose the answer that gets you closer to your goals. In real life, though, we are weaker. We assume we can bring those donuts into work and we just won’t have any. We get swayed by our free-spending friend who has different goals than we do, who will be hurt if we say “no.”
We’re trying to use will power to muscle our way through difficult situations. Instead, we should be creating alternate scenarios where we don’t need to be strong when we’re feeling weak. We should be controlling our environment from the get-go, practically forcing ourselves to do the right thing.