Overcoming bad habits
We all have bad habits. Don’t we? Come on, we are humans LOL. Some people have less than others while some people’s bad habits are more than others, but we all have them. Challenge is to get rid of them. How do overcome them? Before we jump into the 7 steps, let us define a bad habit.
A bad habit is a negative behavior. Notable examples include procrastination, fidgeting, overspending, etc. Two basic types of bad habits exist: the ones we are aware of, but others may not notice, and the one you do not know you have, but everyone is well aware of them.
How do you get rid of a bad habit if you do not know you have it? The answer is simple but difficult to implement. Start by asking. Choose a straight forward and honest person, like a coach. You might be afraid or embarrassed, but wouldn’t you rather take an initiate than have everyone talk behind your back? Pick up the courage and ask. If you don’t have anyone then I strongly encourage you to find the right coach. Drona can help you find the best-fit coach for you.
What about those we know and are aware of? They are the tough ones as you know about them but still cannot change yourself. Its like getting rid of some addiction.
It is a misconception that it takes on average 66 days to break a habit. The amount of time needed to break a habit, in general, is between 18 and 254 days.
There are some techniques for removing bad habits. Focus one at a time. One is good to go for between 21 and 28 days to try out as hard as possible and then reward yourself in the end. This method is proven to have a high success rate and powerful. Let at least person be aware of your bad habit. It increases peer pressure and helps you to be highly motivated when you are losing interest. You need a rock solid action plan.
Consider below 7 steps in your action plan:
1. You must want them to go
In reality some people want their bad habits to stay. So the first thing is to search deep in your heart and ask: Do I want to give this up?
If yes then go to the next step.
2. Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit and envision them
Let them be positive. Start with the powerful and impactable ones.
Dream of your end goals and put down in the list. Example: If losing weight is the issue, picture yourself slim and fitting into those skinny jeans.
3. Act of will
Once the information is handy, it comes down to one thing: an act of will. Decide to do it. Tell yourself all day, I want to do it…
Eisen said: The story of free men is drafted not by chance but by choice, their choice. It is your choice. You can write your history.
4. Start slow and grow steadily
You cannot build a ship in one day. It takes time and you need to have lots of patience. Example: To fit in the skinny pair of jeans, you cannot lose all your fat in one day. Start slow by going to the gym at least 3 times in a week and then increase to everyday.
5. Tell someone
Have an accountability partner. Tell your goals and plan to overcome them. Write them down and get honest opinion of your progress.
6. Get distracted once in a while
Lot of people say distraction kills both your time and quality but I don’t believe in it. Too much focus loses interest in your journey to the end goal and sometime you need a distraction. It helps you to be creative, better problem solver and leader. And to be honest, distraction is good as it helps you to be focused. Try it!
7. Award yourself
While working on your end goal, always cherish on your small achievements. You should award yourself once in a while. This will help you not to get burned out and be on the track of overcoming your bad habits.
Sounds simple right? LOL. Try them out and see a difference.