Graeme Newell

Restraint Bias

Restraint bias is our inability to recognize that temptation is about to win the day. Most of us try to get back on track by resolving to “try harder,” but this has decidedly mediocre results.

The best way to overcome restraint bias is to put your behavior under the microscope. You’ve got to learn to recognize your cheating rhythms. Start cataloging the times and situations when you’re most likely to fall off the wagon. For example, you might notice you go for that extra slice of pie when you’re worried about money or your relationship. 

By figuring out the patterns of your indulgence you’ll know when Spartan steadfastness will be required, and just as important, when you can relax a little.