February – Breaking Bad Habits
It is hard to break bad habits but just like a bad habit is formed you can develop good habits as well. Sometimes you might find yourself able to accomplish the task of changing a bad habit for a short period of time and then find yourself right back to the drawing board. However, this is where I think many people give up, too often. The key to breaking bad habits is to continue to increase your conscious level and be relentless behind your pursuit to break it. Take note of some key pointers I’ve stated below:
Be conscious and take notice of the habit. Ask yourself what things or people are stopping you from breaking the habits? What is the meaning of Habit? Well I looked up the meaning of Habit and this is what I found: A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition or behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street. I’ll use the example of crossing the street which we all do in our everyday lives. Can you imagine if we didn’t stop to first think to look both ways to notice the danger moving both ways? Breaking a bad habit requires that full “STOP” you would make at a street. Becoming conscious of moving objects or in this case your bad habit. Overcoming a bad habit requires a serious desire to change. For some of us just as serious as making the correct decision when crossing the street.
Change your environment
If you spend a lot of time being around drug addicts, alcoholics, negative people at work, non supportive friends most likely you`ll conform to them in some way shape or form.
Start surrounds yourself with people or things that have a positive or helpful influence on you. Your home can also be an uncomfortable environment. Try changing the scent of your home to something pleasurable to the nose. Adding more light to your home can change any sensitivity to the low energy of darkness.
Quarreling with your spouse, mother, father or friend at home? Try expressing any issues you may have, communicate and learn to forgive. Life is to short to be walking into your home every day feeling tension as high has the ceiling.
Create boundaries for your habit
If you like to drink and occasionally over indulge to the point of embarrassment. Understand your limits. Pre set your thoughts to an particular amount of alcohol consumption before attending an event. Or be the designated driver.
Find a healthy replacement
Do you use smoking as a past time? Perhaps smoking while waiting in traffic or waiting for a bus or street car? Replace your past time with something healthy like listening to your favorite soothing music. Try to embrace or enjoy the scenery around you. Try breathing techniques to help keep you relaxed.
The meaning of Patient in the dictionary: with fortitude and calm and without complaint, or anger. I get asked all the time, how long did it take for you to put on muscle or how long did it take for your abs to start showing. My muscle growth didn’t appear overnight, in a week or in a month. It took some time for the development to happen. By staying consistent and patient muscle growth formed over time. In regards to stomach fat, it can take anywhere from 3-6 months to strip away belly fat. The key here is to set realistic goals and stick to them. Breaking a habit takes time,don’t pay too much attention to how long the process is taking. You’ll get there eventually. Just remember, Rome wasn’t built over night and it took 9 months for you to be developed.
As you can see from the list of tips, you can really make a difference in how you feel about your life. It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning, and tons of patience, but it is all worth it in the end to become a better person. You will get more out of life. Let me know your thoughts or what has been working for you. Feel free to leave your comments below.
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