Posted by: Anne | April 6, 2013

spring cleaning: bad habits

Spring Clean Those Bad Habits From Your Life

We all have habits, some are good and some are not so good. A habit is any action that we have performed so often that it becomes almost an involuntary response. All habits that are considered to be less than desirable are usually labeled as a “bad habit”.

People spend countless hours and dollars each year attempting to break bad habits and they often do not have any success. The reason that many don’t achieve success is because there is no magic pill that helps us stop undesirable habits. Any lifestyle change that you make in your life will involve hard work and there is no short cut to achieving it.

There’s nothing better than a positive, can-do mental attitude and some good old fashioned determination to get you on the road to breaking bad habits!

With motivation and concentration, you can learn to break bad habits. You “force yourself to think first” and then retrain yourself.

Here are some ‘Action Steps’ that you can take to toss out your bad habits:

* Find the root of why you do what you do! There’s a reason why you are doing the same thing repeatedly. Sit down and write on a piece of paper your habit; then list the possible reasons that trigger you to repeat your bad habit. Once you find the problem, try to find ways to resolve the issue.

* If you are a negative thinker, always feel anxious wondering “what if” or have the feeling of butterflies in your stomach most of the time; change your way of thinking. If you have a negative thought, realize it and chase it away with a positive thought.

* Start a journal of your habit cycles. Each time you do whatever it is you’re trying to overcome, immediately write it down. Write what you did, the time and date. At the end of the day look it over and then write in your journal what you can do differently the next day to change. This is a great way to see progress over time and it will encourage you to keep working toward your goal.

* Get a new hobby to keep yourself occupied. We all need to take our minds off the habit and put it onto something else. Why not take up a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to try? It doesn’t have to be something impossible like learning how to fly an airplane by next week. Start with something small and in reach of your capabilities.

* Think healthy, and be healthy! No matter what you’re trying to overcome, if you’re exercising, eating right, getting enough rest and thinking positive you’ll be better equipped to face your goals.

When breaking a bad habit, the beginning of the process is the most difficult. It is important to surround yourself with positive people and people who will motivate you to do your very best. While experiencing success in breaking your bad habits, be sure to reward yourself with whatever is meaningful to you. Remember there’s no such thing as “can’t”. If you want to do something badly enough, you can do it.

Source:
www.TheIntentionalLifestyle.com/tossing-bad-habits

See Also:
* Spring Clean Your Bad Habits

* 5 Bad Dating Habits to Toss From Your Heart

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