The process of quitting porn can seem like an impossible task. It can seem like a “never gonna happen” scenario. The prospect of quitting something that you’ve done so regularly for so long seems almost ludacris.
In light of this fact, here’s the truth. Here’s the first step to quitting porn. Focus on tonight. Today. Tonight. This one night. This one. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t worry about tomorrow morning. Don’t worry about this weekend. Focus on tonight. And stop right there.
Step 1. Commit yourself to avoiding porn at all costs tonight. No matter what, tonight you will not watch porn. You will not masturbate. You’ll find other things to think about. (Call that friend you haven’t talked to in ages. Write a letter to your grandma. Watch a movie marathon. Read a book. Go to church. Go hang out with friends. Go walk around the park, go exercise. Anything) Whatever you do, don’t give in to porn tonight. Not tonight.
For those of you that are successful, tomorrow morning you will wake with the singular and amazing feeling of having accomplished something. You went your first night free from porn. You survived! You did it. You showed yourself that you have the strength to avoid it.
Step 2 will follow shortly. But for now, let’s master step 1.
May God be with you, may He bless you to stay free from porn this one night: tonight.