stop doing them, bad habits are just like any other thing in life if we want it we get it, and if we don't want it we don't get it. Even in regards to things we already have, especially if it becomes a pain in the ass we get rid of it
I think being aware of your bad habits is the first step and then this awareness will lead to you getting rid of it whenever you do it.
The real problem is to recognize a bad habit. Most are unaware they have any.
Once a bad habit is recognized then one needs to develop a determination to change the habit.
Things which are addictive require a lot of work. Overeating, smoking etc. are addictive habits and bad habits but knowing they are bad habits may help give strength to overcome them.
Ask a friend or your partner what they think are your bad habits to become aware of what they are then become conscious of them and start the struggle to defeat them.
Recently I noticed that I was getting a bit fat. I've always been fairly skinny so initially I wasn't too bothered about it but after a while I started getting a pot belly, I struggled to fit into my trousers etc. I knew that the problem was due to drinking too much beer but I just didn't want to cut the beer out because I enjoyed it too much.
Anyway, I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I happened to be listening to one from a guy called Jim Rohn called something like' the art of exceptional living' and there was one thing he said which was this:
'Failure is a minor error in judgement repeated every day'
This single sentence has changed my life. You probably would need to listen to the audio book to get the full benefit of what he means perhaps.
So my advice if you want to change your habits is that you need to find the inspiration from somewhere to break them. You could stay by listening to the audio book that I mentioned or something similar. What I have found is that words are powerful and if you can find the right words that help you to get your thinking on track, taking action becomes easy. Good luck
I've heard it takes roughly 21 days to make or break a habit, which seems to be about right in my experience... so I guess it's just a matter of "gutting it out" for three weeks or so to retrain yourself.
Getting rid of any bad habits is a difficult thing to do since you're already used to it. But what matters is you're aware of that habit, you know it's bad and you want to do something to change it. Self control and discipline can do wonders in getting rid of any bad habits in general.
i think the best way to get rid of a bad habit is to start a new bad habit thats only half as bad then gradually work your way down from a terrible habit to a barely noticable, slightly annoying habit.
I just found out the other day that the word "habit" originally meant 'garment'. Fitting as our habits are literally garments worn by our personalities, which is why they are so tough to change.
If you have a habit you want to change, the first step is acknowledging it, but not focusing on it. Determine the alternative habit which you need to replace it with, and focus on that. So let's just say you smoke and want to stop smoking. Determine what you'd like to do every time you want to have a cigarette, like go for a walk, work in the garden, read a chapter in a book. Every day for 21 days, replace your bad habit with something of a good habit. The key to this working is to say to yourself "I am changing the way I live for a new and better life." or something else that will impact you to reinforce replacing the bad habit.
You have to have Will Power and Determination to Change your Habits, the Mind is a Powerful Tools, Believe You Can Do It and You Will, it’s up to you and have a good support system to help you.
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