The Power of Habit Elimination vs. Moderation

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Over the last few years, I’ve learned that eliminating an unhealthy habit is significantly easier than reducing it.

I love pizza, but I’ve completely stopped eating dairy because it causes me digestive issues. If I were to try to moderate this habit instead of eliminating it, I would have to fight the urge to devour slices any time I have an opportunity to eat pizza.

And the result would be that I’d eat a lot of pizza, and I’d waste a lot of willpower trying to convince myself not to.

Pre-committing to never eating pizza helps me accomplish my goal and saves my willpower for the more critical decisions in my life.

If there’s an unhealthy habit that you’re trying to reduce in your life, try eliminating it instead of moderating it. You may find, as I have, that this is the easiest way to make significant progress!

I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.