Not all habits are bad, in fact many habits can be good and those habits are worthy of keeping, but for many of us it is extremely important to nix the bad ones that are holding us back from living the happy (and healthy) lifestyle that we are meant to live.
Getting rid of bad habits can be easier said than done, especially if an addiction is involved. Habits take a lot of work to correct, but with some dedication we can replace an old bad habit with a new better habit. Here are just a few ways you can help kick your bad habits.
Stop making excuses:
People constantly make excuses and unfortunately our society is easy to accept these excuses. It has become our mechanism for coping with anything we see as complicated or scary. We’ve all heard the excuses:
- “This is just the way I am.”
- “Everyone is struggling with this.”
- “I’ve been this way for too long to change.”
We need to stop the cycle … we need to see beyond the excuses and realize we have the power to change. We need to focus on the reality in all situations as good hard, solid facts are the only answer that when looked at with honesty will lead you to improve your personal life. Once you learn to see the truth and get out from behind the excuses only then can you start living a healthy lifestyle.
Choose a new habit:
You can commit by choosing a new habit to replace a bad habit:
- If you see fault in others and are quick to judge – work to find good qualities in each person and every situation
- If you are a negative person focus on your negative thoughts and comments and work to keep them at bay
- If you live an unhealthy lifestyle, choose to eat well, drink more water, exercise regularly and rest more
The key is being conscious of the decisions we are making on a daily basis and realizing it won’t happen overnight. It can take up to 40 days of continual effort to create a habit and even longer to break an old habit. Too many times people try to change overnight, which only leads to frustration, so give yourself a break for little “slips” and a big pat on the back when you are successful.
When you are working to change your life and habits make sure you seek support and feedback. You do not have to walk the road to success alone. Find a strong support network, that is willing to be your biggest cheerleader when you find the success you are seeking.