WHY IT WORKS
You have 2 selves at war.
We call them the impulsive self and the disciplined self. They can be called lots of things:
Id and superego (Freud)
Thinking fast and slow (behavioral economists)
Amygdala and Prefrontal cortex (brain anatomists)
Hot thinking and cold thinking (self-control experts)
Feeling brain and thinking brain (addiction experts)
No matter what you call them, the goal is to let your thinking brain do your thinking. The waiting period helps with this. When an immediate reward is delayed, it is more easily resisted in exchange for a larger but further away reward. This is called hyperbolic discounting. With addictive substances, the small-but-soon reward is a pleasure hit, and the larger reward is freedom from compulsion.
Bottom line: What is convenient is much harder to resist. This is why grocery stores put candy in the checkout aisle. This is why Starbucks and McDonalds have drive-throughs.
We can use this to our advantage by making the things we want-but-don’t-want inconvenient. This is why the Plucky motto is: Hooray for inconvenience! It’s like freezing your credit card in a block of ice so you won’t make impulse purchases.
Odysseus knew this. To resist the Sirens, he had his men tie him to the mast of the ship before he heard them. Self-control experts call strategies like Plucky “hands-tying devices." Basically, you set your boundaries ahead of time. You limit your choices when you are clear-headed so that you can’t fall into temptation in the heat of the moment.
Flesh and Spirit (the Bible)
This research and this language assumes there isn’t a spiritual battle going on.
But as Christians, we at Plucky believe there is.
A man named Paul, who wrote most of the second half of the Bible, said this about himself: “Sin rules me as if I were its slave. I do not understand the things I do. I do not do the good things I want to do. And I do the bad things I hate to do” (Romans 7). Sound familiar? It’s true for all of us.
Here’s the good news: Self-control is available. It comes from the Holy Spirit. Paul says, “If you use the Spirit’s help to stop doing the wrong things you do with your body, then you will have true life” (Romans 8).
Plucky can get you started down the path to true life, but only Jesus can get you the whole way. We hope you decide to go all the way.