Human beings are creatures of habit. People naturally tend to find comfort in doing the things that they’re accustomed to and familiar with.
And while this habitual nature tends to work in your favor, it can also have the opposite effect…
Out of the dozens, maybe even hundreds of habits you’ve formed over the years, there’s bound to be at least a handful that you’re unhappy with.
The thing is, habits are extremely hard to change because they’re ingrained to the point where they’re almost automatic.
If you’re struggling to part ways with some of the nasty habits you’ve developed, then I’m here to help. This “out with the old, in with the new” approach to tackling bad habits is crucial to reaching your goals and unlocking the secret to a better you.
When attempting to eliminate a bad habit, most people go wrong by cutting it out without having any plan of action afterwards. But trying to erase a habit on a whim tends to leave an empty void behind in its wake.
Sure, kicking a nasty habit is the overall goal, but it’s only a step in the process. If you really want to remove these habits from your life for good, then you need to find a new and healthy way to compensate for the free time leftover.
Experts claim that bad habits typically originate during times of stress and boredom, which is why going cold turkey with no backup plan can be a recipe for disaster.
In other words, don’t just erase a bad habit, replace it! Otherwise, this void is bound to be filled with this same habit once more.
I want you to take a moment to picture a perfect set of teeth…
Think of each one of these pearly whites as a constructive habit in your life. But front and center of that pretty smile is a rotten tooth (AKA a bad habit). This one flaw takes away from the good that surrounds it and to make up for the fact, you decide to get it removed.
But does it end there? Do you carry on with a hole where that nasty tooth once was or do you replace it with another that matches the rest?
My point is, removing the underlying issue is only half the battle. In some ways, this missing tooth is just as bad as the rotten one and if you really want to achieve 100% completion, you need to replace what you removed.
Have a substitute in mind ahead of time that you can turn to once you find yourself faced with the stress or boredom that prompts your bad habit.
Maybe you have a habit of bursting into rage when things aren’t going according to planned. If that’s the case, the next time you feel your blood start to boil, practice some breathing exercises instead to calm yourself down.
Even if your nasty habit is as small as biting your fingernails, you can combat it by chewing a piece of gum instead.
I think you get the picture…
This “out with the old, in with the new” approach is key to overcoming your bad habits once and for all.
Just remember to stay positive and surround yourself with likeminded people who are going to help you achieve your goals.