4 SIMPLE Ways To Get Rid Of BAD HABITS
Breaking a habit is tough, it really is. When you’ve been doing something for so long stopping can seem pointless.
Bad habits weigh us down on our journey to moral excellence; like an anchor, they can pull us back. It’s our job to untie each anchor one at a time in order to quicken our assent.
The reason we can’t stop these bad habits is that they become part of our identity.
Say I don’t, not I can’t when presented with temptation. This reinforces a new identity rather than restricting your current one.
Another idea which can help in forming this identity is to stop “counting days” this is a similar strategy as saying I can’t.
NEVER count days.
If you are counting days you are still staying in the same identity, every day you count you are a “smoker who went 40 days without it” or a sugar addict who’s gone 40 days without sugar.
Counting days is another restrictive paradigm.
You’ve all heard of the three stages of the habit cycle:
1. The cue
2. The reward
3. The Routine
You need to find your cue. You might smoke when you’re stressed after you’re eating, when you’re drinking coffee, a meeting, drinking alcohol, or being around other smokers.
Carry a notebook around and note down what happens before and after you were triggered.
You can do everything I just mentioned but if you’re not hanging around people who are emulating the behaviour which you wish to embody, then forget about it. Y
You must seek to spend your time around the right crowd.
It’s hard to not workout when you live with athletes.
It’s hard to not smoke when you live with 5 smokers.
Everyone knows how to be healthy, how to stay fit. You stop the junk food, you stop the bad habits like smoking and you do what you know is correct.
However, the real challenge comes with finding a way to do that every single day of your life and do so with ambition and without resentment.