Do you have habits that hold you back from experiencing the successful life you deserve? Your habit may be as small as biting your nails or buying expensive lattes every day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may wish to break free of smoking, extreme anger, excessive eating, or other detrimental habits.
There is hope. You can rid yourself of the habits that hold you back. Use the tips below to help you put an end to that pesky practice once and for all:
1. Determine why you should stop. Think about how your habit hurts you and others. Does it harm your health? Diminish your appearance? Put a dent in your pocketbook? Does it make you act irrationally? Does it hurt your loved ones? Create a list of benefits that you’ll experience when you put an end to this habit once and for all.
2. Dangle a carrot. Naturally, when there is a direct reward at the end of your pursuit, you’re more inclined to give a wholehearted effort. Indulge in a trip to the spa, a new pair of jeans or a trip to your favorite restaurant each time you reach a large milestone.
3. Read success stories. Purchase a book or browse the web to read success stories of those that have previously been in your shoes and conquered the same habit. Head on over to Audible.com and download great books to listen to while you are working on your computer or that you can listen to on your iPod. Some suggestions? The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma. Unlimited Power: the New Science of Personal Achievement by Anthony Robbins. Anything and everything by Ken Blanchard. There are truly unlimited resources for you out there. Seeing social proof that others have been able to achieve the task you’re facing makes the pursuit seem more manageable.
4. Small steps. Focus on only one small step each week to ensure long lasting results. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, eliminate sweets and sugary sodas from your diet for the first week. The next week eliminate other carbohydrates, like white bread, in addition to the sweets.
Habits provide a level of comfort that everything in your world is okay. They give you a feeling of control over your circumstances. However, a dependency on a routine that has negative consequences to your physical and mental health can be replaced by choices that fuel your success.
Remember that you are in charge of your mind, body, and soul. Embark on the road to kicking your bad habit(s) today and prove to yourself just how strong you can be!
Author and professional speaker Dr. Jack Singer is a licensed Clinical, Sports and Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, author, trainer and consultant. His expertise includes a Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology and a Post-Doctorate in Clinical / Sports Psychology.