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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein
Honestly, I love habits…if they’re good ones. I love waking up and realizing I finally did it, that I finally made it stick. I don’t have to force myself to do this one particular thing anymore because my body finally realized it was normal, it was good, and it was the way it should’ve been all along.
The thing is, most of the time life won’t just let you glide by smoothly until you’re a 100. Creating good habits is hard. Most of the time it’s hard because the barrier that’s standing between you and these good habits are bad habits that you’ve formed over the years.
So, considering that the title of this post indicates that I’ll be sharing some pointers as how to shake off these annoying leeches we call bad habits, below you will find four things that have helped many, including myself, to break off with these bad habits, and will hopefully help you, too.
If you really hate this bad habit of yours, then you need the willingness to get rid of it. If you’re not willing, everything will turn out forced, stressful, and annoying. Give in to yourself! Let yourself be happy, find some motivation, and break that bastard.
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Breaking a bad habit doesn’t happen overnight, just like creating a good one doesn’t either. I know that many say it only takes 21 days to make a good habit stick, but truthfully it can take up to a year. So keeping that in mind, if creating a good habit takes time, breaking a bad one will also take time. There’s not really an exact amount of time I can give you. Why? Because it depends on what bad habit you’re trying to break, what good habit you’re replacing it with, how determined you are, and so on. Just be patient. You are unique, therefore your habit is unique, so your time frame will also be unique.
Search for a thing that you enjoy doing more than your bad habit. Try finding something that makes you happy and helps you forget about going back. And then every time you’re tempted to go back to your bad habit, go do the thing that distracts you from it. Keep in mind that the thing you’re replacing your bad habit with should be something that benefits you and doesn’t create just another bad habit.
In order to really get rid of your bad habit, you need to replace it with a healthy habit. Don’t just restrict yourself, but pamper yourself with good, healthy, spiritual things in the place of your bad habit. And, if you feel like hitting two birds with one stone, you can make this good habit your distraction as well.;)
Now, we love holding on to things, even things that harm us. But with enough will-power, self-control, motivational self-pep talks, and lots of praying, we can decipher between what needs to be held on to, and what needs to be let go of.
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And sometimes before something can heal, it first needs to break. And sometimes it hurts to break it, but when we finally let it shatter, we realize that now it can finally be put back together the right way, the way it was meant to be in the first place.