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A Year of Being Better — Day 11 of 365
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 — Approx. 9:20 P.M.
Bias toward action does not just mean being biased toward trying new things. Being biased toward action can also mean taking initiative to remove negative things from your life, which can have just as profound effects as trying something new.
Removing negative habits or removing people who weigh you down can be hard, for a number of reasons. Removing negative people can be especially painful and scary since it often involves burning bridges that are hard to repair. Cutting out bad habits is difficult just because you are fighting against yourself.
Whether we’re scared or not though, being biased toward action probably helps the most when applied to removing negative habits or people from our lives.
I have a lot of bad habits that I struggle with, and they vary pretty widely in their severity. Those bad habits have the potential to hold me back in a lot of ways. Some of those habits directly affect my performance or how I interact with others, but other bad habits mostly just bother me and make me angry with myself.
Regardless of what the habits are or what areas of life they affect, they need to go. Trying to build yourself up in an area before clearing away your bad habits is like opening a savings account with thousands of dollars in debt.
Cutting out those negative habits and tendencies also has the fastest and most noticeable return.
Even if some of the bad habits I’m working on are minor, every time I resist that habit I get positive reinforcement because it is a very definite change in my behavior that I can be proud of. Correcting problems quickly also prevents smaller faults from developing into larger issues.
Knowing that I am already successfully managing some of my bad tendencies provides further motivation to correct other issues in my life. I end up feeling less stressed about my faults, so I feel more motivated to continue working on other areas of my life. Clearing up faults that I already know about helps free up my mind to focus on finding other areas that I can improve in.
Making those changes can be tough, but it pays off. How many things can you think of that you beat yourself up over every day? How many times do you get angry that you can’t kick a certain habit? How often do you find that one person in your day consistently brings more stress into your life than happiness?
By creating a bias toward action we can remove all of those negative influences from our lives and take a huge step toward being happier.
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