Break a Bad Habit


Steps to break a bad habit:

  1. Assume there’s a good reason for it to exist in the first place and find out what it is. The reasons will include long-standing perceptions and beliefs that have made that habit a good idea. Time for a new idea. Think a better thought.
  2. Examine the mechanics of the habit. What are the actions, step-by-step, that add up to the unproductive behavior?
  3. Completely illuminate the cost of the habit. How much time do you lose to feelings that don’t serve your happiness? The short- term effects are a loss of power and an emotional response of rage or fury. And the long-term effects are health, time and money, relationships with others and losing out on all of the opportunities that do surround you, that you can’t see, because you are stuck on what isn’t helping you out at all.
  4. Create a new commitment. Bad habits aren’t actually broken-they are replaced. Since each habit is actually a day-by-day expression of an ongoing belief and commitment, the trick is replacing an old belief and an outdated commitment with one that is new and empowering. This actually takes all the struggle and effort out of “breaking a bad habit.” The new commitment naturally finds ways to be expressed without a lot of struggle.
  5. Find like-minded people who share your new commitment. This step isn’t necessary but it’s helpful and makes creating a new, good habit a lot more fun.
  6. The first three days of anything are the hardest. Dopamine has been stored in the other habit, no matter what the habit is. It takes a while to start building the dopamine with the new habit. Know that old feeling or way, is sooooo comfortable, but remember it’s heroine. It will leave you alone, once you let it alone.
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