stop bad habits

Leaving Those Bad Habits Behind

We all look at ourselves time and again and notice the things that we do
and say. When we honestly analyze our actions and words we will identify
some bad habits that need to go to be able to function at our best. After
that first step of noticing what bad habits we’d like to be rid of, we need to
take action with our heads held high and our pride in check.

With a bit of persistence and determination you can get rid of those useless
and sometimes damaging habits for good. Be intentional about your
actions and be in tune to your desired outcome…

…a life that you have more control over.

Below are 3 techniques you can use separately or in conjunction with each
other to get over your harmful habits that invade every area of your life:

 Replace those bad habits with something that is good.

For example, if you find you are talking negative about other people
then make a note to yourself that every time you talk bad about someone
you have to think of something good about them. Actually write down your
intention on paper and either have it posted somewhere you’ll see it
regularly throughout the day, or carry it around with you in your
pocket so you can be reminded of it. There is something good you
can say about anyone, even if it’s just about their hairstyle or color of
their shoes. The point here is to shift your thinking from negative to
positive – a much better mindset for everyone!

Pick one habit that you’d like to be rid of and focus on that one for a
week or even a month.

Use that power of writing again and write down what you’d
like to change, then make small notes every day about
your progress. You might have days where you’re noting that
you did the bad habit x number of times that day and you’ll have days
where you’ll realize that you went through the whole day without
giving in to the habit at all. The point of this technique is to increase
your awareness every day as you’re spending a few minutes thinking
about how you progressed with ‘curbing’ this bad habit.

Enlist your accountability partner.

It is quite helpful to know that you are going to have to explain
to someone how you’re doing with your personal growth. This
person that you will be reporting to should not be judging your
actions, but merely be a listening ear and a source of encouragement
to carry on with your goal. It would be most helpful if you were
able to be their source of accountability as well so it evens the
the level of confidence.

Self-improvement occurs over time and the worst thing you could do is to
overwhelm yourself with too much change at once. The most common
reason for failure in stopping bad habits is not giving it daily attention.

Don’t make it lengthy or judgmental, just be aware of what your intentions
are and make a casual plan for change. You also need to take action – not
just think about change or just write down your ideas for change. We all
pick up bad habits here and there and it is a part of life to be aware of what
needs to go. Be persistent, be intentional and be positive in the light of a
healthier life.


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