Would you like to break a bad habit, such as smoking cigarettes, eating too much junk food, or spending excessive time on the internet. Admittedly, it can be difficult to overcome a bad habit. In fact it has been said that a bad habit is like a warm bed on a cold day : it’s easy to get into and difficult to get out of.
So how can you harness your habits and make them work for you instead of against you ? Consider the following suggestions ,
- Be realistic – Do not set too many goals at once, never try to change everything in your life immediately . You tell yourself , ‘This week lam going to stop smoking , stop swearing, start exercising, start eating better’, but trying to reach all your goals at the same time is a sure way to reach none of them. So rather than trying to change everything at once , make improvements gradually. Taking the following steps may help ; -create two master lists, a list of good habits you would like to build, and a list of any bad habits you would like to get rid of. – prioritize the items on your list, numbering them in order of importance. – choose a few habits , one or two from the list and focus on these. Speed up the process by replacing a bad habit with a good one.
- Manage your environment – Time and again experience has shown that our environment or the situation we put ourselves in and the people we spend time with influences our success in building good habits and breaking bad ones. So you can cautiously avoid situations that would undermine your goals and you can thus actively put yourself in more favourable situations . Some useful tips on this are ; – make it harder to do the wrong thing e.g if you want to eliminate junk food from your diet , try not to keep food in your kitchen that you know is not good for you. – choose your friends carefully, we tend to be like the people we spend time with, so limit time with the people who encourage habits that you are trying to break and seek out those who can reinforce good habits.
- Take a long range view – There is a popular notion that it takes 21 days to cement a new habit. In reality though research shows that it can take some people less time and others a lot more to make significant changes. Here are some steps to take ; -do not conclude that a relapse is a permanent failure, expect to face some set backs as you work towards your goal.
Following the above advice may help you to break up entrenched habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking excessively and many more habits that might be bothering you and which you really want to leave. l hope this article has provided some useful tips on this subject. Do not miss out on my next article in a few coming days .
Good health to you,