Changing a Habit

A habit is a routine, a behaviour that is repeated regularly. After something becomes a habit, it often occurs subconsciously.

Each habit is different and each person’s habits are driven by different cravings.

Our daily habits can have a positive or negative affect on our personal and business life.

It is estimated that 95% of the things we do, we do out of habit.  This is why many people  say we are ‘creatures of habit’.

While good habits enhance our lives, we all have habits that we are not happy with.

If you are like me you are continually looking for ways to improve your life.

  • Some habits affect our relationships with those we love.
  • Some habits hold us back from accomplishing more in our lives.

Bad habits interrupt our life and prevent us from accomplishing our goals. They can cause health problems as well as waste our time and energy.

A lot of the time bad habits are simply a way of dealing with stress and boredom.

Recognising the cause of these habits is crucial in overcoming them.

No matter what bad habits you might have, if at one time in your life you have lived without this habit, it means that you can most definitely overcome it again.

Very often, it is easier to replace a bad habit with a good habit, instead of trying to eliminate the habit altogether.

Rather than beating ourselves up over having a bad habit, we should focus on how much better our lives would be without it.

We all get off track, but what separates successful people from everyone else, is that they get back on track very quickly.

Be aware of the habit we want to change, write it down and take ownership of it, as something we do not want in our life.

The goal is not to judge ourselves or to feel guilty; it is to be aware of when it happens and how often. This makes it easier to break the habit and avoid the things that trigger it.

We can visualise ourselves replacing the habit and enjoying our success in doing so.

When can learn to transform our bad habits we can transform our life.

Replacing an old habit for a new one takes planning. It is like substituting a glass of water instead of drinking a cup of strong coffee.

We can’t change our habits overnight; many experts estimate it can take up to 2 months to change or replace a habit.

Willpower is another word for self-control. It is the ‘ability to forego short term temptations in order to reach long term goals’.

The way we talk to others and to ourselves can have a positive influence on how well we are able to stick to our goal of changing a habit.

Over the years I have been able to overcome many bad habits, yet it is a little like the ‘never ending story’. I always find one more habit that I need to replace in improving my life.

Change is inevitable, but I believe that it makes life exciting.

I hope that you will find changing a habit helpful. A new life waits for you as you develop new positive habits.

– Nancy

 

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