Turn The Tables On Temptation - Grasshopper
Temptation is most often couched in terms of something that’s wrong. Rarely do we hear that temptation is a catalyst for stoking one’s aliveness.
Tempting ourselves out of bed is something we do every day. What is it that actually tempts you to put your feet on the floor? You may look on getting up as a duty, but what if it was a temptation - something that’s luring you out of bed?
Being lured to do something “naughty” is a temptation that’s been with us since the Garden of Eden and thank God we still have those guilty pleasures. Look at the aliveness they create.
Life without temptation is death.
Temptation is a motivating strategy that is alive and well.
What tempts a world class violinist or a superstar soccer player to practice all those hours? We may never know the specifics, but we do know that there is something tempting them to greatness.
Changing our view of something being mundane into a temptation brings vibrancy into our lives.
For example, imagine for a moment what tempting yourself to exercise more often would be like. If we do it because we don’t want to die or our doctor says so, how much fun is that? What would tempt you to get in better shape?
What carrots of temptation motivate you? Find out.
Temptation can be a saving grace, not the work of the devil. It just depends on how you view the concept.
What can you tempt yourself to do? What temptation would dare you to be more daring?
Finding your temptation is a fun exercise and a motivating force.
Embracing temptation may seem to go against our conditioned code, but when we discover there is no juice generated when using our standard formula, we open ourselves to the upside of temptation - Aliveness.
Yes, there is a downside to temptation. There’s enough information on that view to fill books. This post is a reminder that’s there’s another side to temptation.
Turning the tables on temptation is discovering your motivating force.
Would you rather be duty bound or tempted to do something? Temptation causes us to act more quickly and get more satisfying results.
Here’s something you’ll never see on a motivating poster, and what a shame it is: “Find out what tempts you and give in to that temptation.”
All the best,
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