How To Break Bad Habits

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To break your bad habits, you to see when you do them, and why. Once you’ve done this you need to prepare an alternative action in place of that habit.

Name a Habit

Write down a habit that you want to change. Maybe it’s watching too much T.V, being consistently late, or overeating – it can be anything. This is important because then you can start to associate your habit to holding you back and having a negative impact on your life.

Why you do it

Next, understand why you do it. For example, if it is that you watch too much TV, the reason why you this could be that you are trying to delay doing something that you know you should be doing. The same can be said for overeating or continuously running late.

Your bad habit helps you to feel good in the short term but in the long term, it’s holding you back from being the person you want to be.

You need to first recognise what your bad habits are, then change the way you relate to your habits so that you no longer rely on them.

The next step is to substitute your bad habit for something that I call The Sock Technique.

The Sock Technique

In the same way that you know you should pick up a dirty sock, If you know that you shouldn’t be eating that chocolate cake because you are trying to lose weight, just throw it away. If you know that you shouldn’t be watching Netflix and are procrastinating starting that essay, switch off Netflix.  

The more you practice the easier it will become to listen to that voice telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

A New You

The last step is to picture yourself without that habit. If you didn’t overeat if you didn’t procrastinate, and if you did the stuff you were meant to do when you were meant to do it, how would you look? What would you achieve, how would you feel?

Think about and create that image of you.

That’s it; follow these steps to eradicate your bad habits and start living in control.

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