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License to Sin: Why Being Good Gives Us Permission To Be Bad

Progress can be motivating, and even inspire future self-control, but only if you view your actions as evidence that you are committed to your goal.

Rewards and punishments can help us stay on track with our goals, but they can also distract us from them. If rewarding or punishing yourself for certain behaviors causes you to forget what your actual goal is, or it causes you to indulge in bad behaviors as a “reward,” it’s time to stop doing that and remind yourself to stay on track.

Focus less on rewards and more on the goal you are trying to achieve.

Actions to take