We often use loopholes to justify breaking our good habits. A popular loophole is the Planning to Fail Loophole. When it comes to keeping our good habits, instead of fleeing temptation, we often arrange to succumb. We make a chain of little decisions that allow us secretly to engineer the very circumstances that we’ll find irresistible. 

  • I’ll just check my email quickly before I go to the gym … oops, I don’t have time to go to the gym, after all. 
  • I’m done eating for the tonight, but I’ll go into kitchen and look in the freezer. Just curious.
  • I’ll buy some cookies — not for me, but in case someone stops by.

Sound familiar? 


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