Creating Good Habits
by Jessica Womack
Everyone has both good and bad habits. Personally, one of my good habits is drinking water instead of soda when I go out to eat, while one of my bad habits is biting my finger nails.. yes, I know it’s gross but I just can’t seem to help it. It is because of that last statement that I decided to write this blog post. Many of us continue our bad habits because we can’t seem to help it or quit the bad habit, but we’re all human so it’s understandable. However, what we all need to work on is getting rid of our bad habits and replacing them with good ones. What we do not need to do is get rid of bad habits and then replace them with other bad habits; for instance, when people are trying to quit drinking many choose to start smoking. Replacing bad, with more bad, does not create a healthy environment nor a healthy lifestyle.
What we each should strive for is creating good habits to replace the bad.It takes 21 days for something to become a habit. So essentially if you do something every single day for 21 days, it will then become a habit that you will do without even thinking about it. I can honestly say I agree with this and find it to be true. Plus, I’m pretty sure that fact was proven by some scientists’ experiment or something. Any who, here are a few steps to creating new, good, habits to replace those pesky bad ones.
- Realize the negative habit you want to replace and/or realize the positive habit you wish to form even if it’s not to replace a bad one.
- Be conscientious of it and make the choice every day to do whatever it is you are wanting to make a habit.
- Do it every single day for at least 21 days because after that time period you most likely won’t have to think about doing it every day, you will just do it like it’s second nature.
- Devoting more time to this new habit should decrease the amount of time you have to devote to the old bad habit which is how you will slowly but surely get out of that bad habit.
- Besides keeping yourself accountable it is easier when you have a friend to keep you accountable as well because many people hate disappointing others but find it easier to disappoint themselves which is why accountability partners are so beneficial.
Habits aren’t always bad, however, you must be self-aware enough to realize when you do have a bad habit and you have to want to change it/replace it. Creating new habits and getting rid of old ones is not an easy task, but if you stay focused and determined anyone can do it. Much like everything else in life, you just have to want it bad enough. So here’s to everyone out there making positive changes in their lives — you’re doing great, keep it up!