Using the Three-Second Rule

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A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

As recovering sex and porn addicts, we are not in control of the thoughts that pop into our minds. What we can control is what we do with those thoughts once we become aware of them. After recognizing an unwanted, objectifying thought or sexual fantasy, we can allow ourselves a maximum of three seconds to turn away from it and focus on something else. Typically, as soon as we become aware of the triggering thought, we ‘turn it over’ to our Higher Power, asking for the thought to be removed. This process works, and works well, even for those of us who struggle with the concept of God/Higher Power. The simple act of doing something (anything at all) to get rid of the unwanted thought or fantasy nearly always does the trick.

Task for Today
Pay attention to your thoughts, especially your sexual thoughts, and how long you allow them to stick around.