5 Steps to Break a Bad Habit

A habit is a frozen interpretation from the past that is applied to the present. – Deepak Chopra

A habit both good and bad takes time to develop.  If you think about it this way, then you can realistically decide a time frame to accommodate stopping it.

Before you can attempt to stop that nasty habit, consider the following:

  1. What do you get from the bad habit?
  2. What is the trigger point?
  3. What is your underlying intention?
  4. What good habit can the bad one be replaced with?
  5. Are you prepared to commit to this change for a minimum 30 days?

Little nuggets to assist you:

*never try and break more than one bad habit at a time

*write down your commitment to change which will give you clarity and a promise to yourself

*will power is your best friend

*get leverage – tell someone about your change and slowly expand to others for support as you progress

*keep things simple – establish 2 or 3 things that break the habit – no more!

*provide yourself a reward after the first 30 days

*In many cases a person who simply wakes up and decides today’s the day – is the most successful at breaking a bad habit and continuing not to return to old habits.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle


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