We all have bad habits. Do you know why? It is because none of us are perfect, and that is perfectly okay. However, sometimes our habits get us in a lot of trouble or can be problematic, and it is at that point that we realize, it’s time to ditch those bad habits and develop some new, good habits. While that may sound easier said than done, ditching bad habits can be pretty easy. Here are some tips you can use to be out with the bad and in with the good.
“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
― Samuel Johnson
1. Recognize Your Bad Habits
The first step in ditching those bad habits is to recognize that they actually are bad habits. Come to terms with the fact that you’re doing more harm than good. Once you have realized how bad some of your habits actually are and that they may not just be affecting you, but those around you, you can start working towards breaking them.
2. Think About the Consequences
So, you’ve figured out that you indeed have some bad habits. Take a moment to figure out what it is that is so bad about them and what the consequences of those habits are. For example, if you have an atrocious vocabulary and you swear like a sailor, no matter how intelligent or educated you may be, that foul mouth of yours can cause others to look down on you or think that you cannot think of anything more intelligent to say. Another example is that if you have a child and you are swearing around them, your child will pick that up and start doing the same thing and your child will get in trouble. If your bad habit is stealing things, think about the consequences of that too. You’ll wind up in jail or with massive fines and a criminal record. No one wants that!
3. Resist the Urge
When your bad habits are itching you and wanting you to take part in them, resist that urge! Instead of mouthing off and swearing about something you do not agree with, think about what your momma taught you. “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”. It may be really hard for you to ignore those urges at first, but in time, you will find it easier and easier to ignore them.
4. Find New Habits
The best thing you can do is to find new and better habits. If you were a smoker and you need to find something else to do when you’re bored or feel like lighting one up, try chewing a piece of gum or even eating some sun flower seeds. If you were someone who constantly bit your nails, try getting your nails done with acrylic overlays. They will look pretty and you won’t want to ruin them, so you will stop chewing. It’s really simple to find good habits to replace the bad.
At the end of the day, bad habits can really bog you down and everyone has them, no matter what they say. Instead of letting your bad habits control your life, take control and change them for the better. Develop good habits that you can be proud of and you will see what an awesome difference it makes in your life!