6 Easy Steps to Break a Bad Habit

Everyone wants to feel good about himself at all times, only, one is bound to have some bad habits every now and then. The problem isn't in having a bad habit, but in letting it take over your life. What makes it hard to let go of a bad habit is the pleasure it gives us. However, that pleasure is always a short-term one. Afterward, you'll probably feel guilty and bad about yourself. Below are some easy steps to help you give up your bad habit:

1- Understand why you can't give it up:

Life is hard and we hate the feeling of discomfort that life makes us feel, which makes any pleasure we can find seem like a refuge. Pleasure is good, it's what we aim for, but pleasure doesn't only exist in bad habits, maybe for the short-term, but on the long-term good habits are the best, it gives a true satisfaction and a high self-esteem.

We decide for ourselves what habits to keep, and if you can't give up a bad one, then probably you should consider that you're not truly convinced about the need to get rid of it in the first place. You can't blame yourself, because as long as you find pleasure in doing it, you'll keep seeing it a good thing.
Start with considering the consequences. Life is short, but not that short, you're living the consequences of your past choices and it will get worse if you won't stop these habits.

2- Link these habits with the bad outcomes:

Junk food, smoking, drugs... it feels good, it actually never hurts you or breaks your heart, it's always there for you when no one is... Is that how you see it! you're giving it a beautiful image that would make giving those habits up out of the question. How could you stop doing something good!
Well, maybe you should start to be more realistic and stop lying to yourself. It might feel good right away, but it won't feel good later, and it's definitely bad and you know it.

So first you got to give those habits its true image. For example: it makes you lose control of yourself, it slaves you, it affects your health, it wastes your time and money, it makes you feel worse afterward...

Only when you consider it as a bad thing that you'll be able to give it up.

3- Except failure every now and then:

You only can call it a success, when you practice enough. Even when you make the decision to give up a bad habit and you're truly convinced of the necessity of doing so, you might fail every now and then. It doesn't mean that you can't do it, it only means that you're still practicing. You have to know this so you won't get discouraged and go back to your old habits.

You can as well consider the failure as a chance to change your ways and try a better way.

4- Find a replacement:

Your day is your habits. When you stop one of them, it'll leave an empty space. So, before some other bad habit takes the place, you have to decide for yourself which good habit you need to start doing instead.

A major reason why people fail in giving up a bad habit is not giving the replacement, they leave the space empty and then if they didn't start another bad habit, they'll go back to their old one.

Start doing something you love, read good books, volunteer some of your time to help someone, exercise, meditate... 

5- Be patient:

Scientifically, it takes 21 days to build a habit. It's not just a matter of a decision to stop a habit or start one, it takes time and effort. We human being seem to be impatient, always looking for the short ways to do things. Sometimes there are no shortcuts for the places that are worth getting to. 

6- You're worth more than being a slave to your bad habits:

You're important and you can make a good difference in this world. Realizing that will help you make a good use of your time and not settle for your bad habits. Let's take a lesson from disabled people.

Why the disabled? because they can teach you something valuable. Even though they have some kind of disability, a lot of them succeeded and made achievements that we, who are in a good health, couldn't make. They're full of life and joy, they wake up in the morning willing to get out of bed and start their day, live up to their purpose and add a value to the world. So if you're healthy, then you'll have no excuse as to why not change yourself and give up your bad habits.

Life is too short to waste it on your bad habits, you deserve better than that!

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