Everyone has at least one bad habit.
Whether it’s being chronically late, oversharing on Facebook, or eating junk food, a bad habit can impede your happiness, health, and social relationships.
The key to overcoming bad habits is, first, to develop some insight into their origins.
To change some bad habits may require professional help, but understanding the basic principles of
1. Convince Yourself That You Can Change.
All psychological models of change emphasize the importance of commitment as a necessary first step.
If you don’t see a problem, you won’t work on changing your behaviour.
The more honest you are with yourself about the nature of your bad habit, the more likely you will be to start on the path toward change.
Once you’ve decided you want to change, convince yourself that you are able to achieve your change goals.
You need to strengthen your sense of self-efficacy, or belief that you can accomplish what you want.
2. Gain Insight On What’s Causing The Habit.
Take a good hard look at the situations that lead you to commit your bad habit.
By figuring out what’s causing the bad habit, you can also work on deciding how to manipulate the outcomes of your behavior.
Take the outcomes that are reinforcing the bad habit (attention, pleasure, excitement) and then use them to reward you for the behavior you want to acquire.
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ASK yourself, are your addictions perhaps motivated in part by some need that you have to fail or shorten your life?
3. Set Reasonable Goals at First.
Your bad habits have taken years to establish themselves.
You’re not going to throw them off in an instant.
Decide on a realistic schedule that will work for you based on goals that you believe you can meet.
Overcoming your sedentary lifestyle is a good example of how you can proceed through this step.
Start off slow and gradually increase along with the time.
If you’re going to reach your ultimate goal, you’ll need to know how well you’re doing on achieving the reasonable goals you’ve set as first steps.
This means that you have to keep a diary or journal.
However, even the people most dedicated and determined to change will suffer an occasional relapse.
If you use that slip as “proof” that you can never change, you will in fact not be able to change. Instead, try to figure out why you slipped.
Perhaps your reinforcement system didn’t work and the pleasure of engaging in the habit outweighed the pain of changing the habit.
Record these incidents in your diary, but if they keep happening, you may need to tinker with your reward system or move to Step 5.
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5. Seek Additional Support.
One of the best ways to build your inner resilience is by looking outward for support.
If you’re having trouble making these changes on your own, reach out to your friends, family, or perhaps your supervisors, teachers, or mentors.
Entrenched or change-resistant habits may also require psychotherapy.
Needing help doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means that the change is going to require more resources than you initially anticipated.
We here at WMA are ready to help you with your financial and lifestyle and ensure you enhance uplifts habits.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
By breaking down the change process into measurable goals, rewarding your success, and reaching out when you need help, you’ll be on your way to a longer and more fulfilling life.
Whether it’s to quit smoking or over-spending that you are looking to quit, I wish you nothing but the best in the effort and hopefully these tips were helpful in reaching those goals.
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