Bad Habits? Here’s What You Need To Do
By Lindsay Sibson
If you have ever thought to yourself, “I really should stop…” then this article is for you.
Who HASN’T thought that?
You and I are both human afterall.
Finishing that sentence most likely involves declaring a bad habit that you wish to stop.
Whether it is a physical action you wish to quit, such as smoking or nail biting, or a negative thought pattern (being too critical), the 7 simple steps described below will be your map to breaking your bad habits.
Read them carefully and review them as often as needed until you are well on your way to success.
7 Simple Steps To Break Your Bad Habits
|#1. Make The CHOICE
- You have to WANT to let go of your bad habits.
- Ask yourself, “Do I really want to give this up?”
- If your answer is a strong YES, then continue reading.
- If not, take time to journal your thoughts and feelings and works through what your true intentions are.
|#2. Create A Compelling WHY
- Grab a pen and paper and make a list of all the reasons WHY you want to quit your bad habit(s).
- Give yourself time to think and compile a long list of reasons.
- Start with your most powerful reasons WHY.
- Review your list daily and commit to memorizing it.
- Once you have made the choice and created your compelling WHY, you need to develop and exercise your sense of willpower.
- Changing habits requires continually choosing to do it.
- Use the phrase “I am choosing to…” because ultimately YOU have the power and your actions are your choice.
|#4. Do The Work
- It is time to take action, which can be done by:
- Taking massive action and going “all in”
- Taking it little by little and making slow and steady changes.
- Decide which method works for you and will help you reach your goal of breaking a certain bad habit.
|#5. SHARE It
- Tell someone else of your intentions.
- This person can serve as an accountability partner.
- Share with them your goal and your plan.
- Write it down for them.
- Ask them to “check in” regularly.
|#6. Bounce Back
- Naturally, you may encounter setbacks.
- The key is to treat them as SETBACKS and not as reasons to abandon your goal altogether.
- Acknowledge the moment (setback) and then refocus yourself on your goal.
- Reread your list of “WHY.”
- If needed, reset your goal for the next week or two and get at it again.
- Make this your mantra: Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn!
- After you make progress on breaking your bad habit, take time to reward yourself and celebrate.
- Make it a small “something” to start and something more profound when you reach your goal.
- Keep it positive and contributory to your goal.
- For example, if you want to quit eating junk food, do NOT reward yourself with a junk food “treat.” Instead make a healthier version, such as banana coconut “ice cream.”
With consistent focus, action, thought and celebrations, YOU will be well on your way to achieving your goal of breaking a bad habit.
Have you conquered a bad habit? Have a tip to SHARE? Please tell us in the comment section below!
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Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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