“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you possess a large appetite.”
In some situations, extreme self-control is necessary, especially in those areas where we are weakest. If not, others will take advantage of us.
The first step to such self-control is to “consider carefully.” We must evaluate situations objectively, not emotionally. Otherwise, our passions will be our downfall.