5 Strategies You Can Use To Eliminate Bad Habits
Are you looking to take your life to the next level? It all starts with taking stock of the things you do on a regular basis. Are these things leading you to success or are they leading you to sabotage? It’s all in your habits. They are learned; therefore, they can be unlearned. If you want to sail your life in a new direction, you have to first pick up the anchors of bad habits that have been weighing you down. The key is to have a strong enough reason to want to change. This called your “WHY”. Make your why-power so strong that it overwhelms your urges for instant gratification.
Strategy #1 – IDENTIFY WHAT TRIGGERS YOUR BAD HABIT: Figure out the Big 4’s – the “who”, the “what” , the “where”, and the “when” underlying each bad behavior. Once you figure out what trigger your bad habits, then you can effectively deal with them and ultimately eliminate. You determine the source of the bad habit, and basically take care of it.
Strategy #2 – CLEAN HOUSE: If you’re trying to curb spending, for example, take an evening and cancel every catalog or retail offer that flies through your mailbox or your inbox, so you won’t even need to muster the discipline to walk it from the front door to the recycle bin. If you want to eat more healthfully, for example, clean your cupboards of all the crap, stop buying the junk food – and stop buying into the argument that it’s “not fair” to deny other people in your family junk food just because you don’t want it in your life. Everyone in your family is actually better off without it. Don’t bring it into the house, period. Get rid of whatever enables your bad habit.
Strategy #3 – SWAP IT: Take a look at the list of your bad habits to determine how you can alter them so they’re not as harmful. You may be able to replace them with healthier habits or drop-kick them altogether.
Strategy #4 – EASE IN: For some long-standing and deep-rooted habits, it may be more effective to take small steps to ease into unwinding them. You may have spent decades repeating, cementing, and fortifying those habits, so it can be wise to give yourself some time to unravel them, one step at a time. In the book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy tells a story of how his wife’s doctor required that she cut out caffeine from her diet for several months. Darren and his wife, even though they both love coffee, decided to do it together. They started by going 50/50 – 50 percent decaff and 50 percent regular for a week. Then they went 100 percent decaf for another week. Then they went Earl Grey decaf tea for a week, followed by decaf green tea. Within a month, they were able to cut caffeine out of their diet as recommended by his wife’s doctor. The cool thing is that they didn’t suffer from caffeine withdrawals, had no headaches, no sleepiness, no brain fog, etc. However, if they tried to cut out caffeine by going cold-turkey, it would have been disaster.
Strategy #5 – JUMP IN: Sometimes wading in just won’t cut it. Sometimes you really do have to jump in. Do something for me. Ask yourself now, “Where can I start real slow and still hold myself accountable?” And, “Where do I need to take that bigger leap? Where have I been avoiding pain or discomfort, when I know deep down that I’ll adapt in no time if I just go for it?” Answer these questions and then get to work immediately.
Now, you know what to do. It’s time for you to do what you know. Go out and take action immediately and you will see your life start to move in the direction you need for it to go.
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