“This time will be different.”
It’s part of the story we tell ourselves. And it’s also why most of us turn off when we hear about a friend who wants to stop smoking or to lose weight.
Because results don’t change until we work to change the environment around us. The marshmallow is too seductive otherwise.
In the words of Ernest Hemingway:
“How did you go bankrupt?”
“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
Everyone can recognize rock bottom once they get there. We just have a difficult time seeing the journey and decisions that led to that moment.
It’s never too late to turn around. “I’m going to try again.” Better words to live by.