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:
- What do you get from the bad habit?
- What is the trigger point?
- What is your underlying intention?
- What good habit can the bad one be replaced with?
- 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