I mentioned this in various posts before, habits are very powerful to achieve your goals in your personal and professional life. However, there are some habits you need to break. As human beings we also have bad habits, of course. There is nothing to be ashamed of. However, it is essential to realize that we have them and do something against them.
Can I Get Rid of a Bad Habit?
It is actually very difficult to get completely rid of bad habits. I found it most easy to replace bad habits instead. For example, I had this bad habit that after lunch I needed something sweet with my coffee. It was really tough not to crave for sugar after lunch. As I knew that I cannot turn of that craving completely, I exchanged the chocolate to fruits or some yoghurt. By repeating this every day, I am telling my brain that it still gets something sweet after lunch and I have switched to a healthier habit.
Team Up with a Friend
Changing bad habits requires a lot of willpower and it can be a lonely battle. Sometimes, it can be easier to team up with someone who wants to achieve the same goal. Do you and your bestie plan to quit smoking? Do it together, it is similar to working out together: if you see that your friend does not give up, neither will you.
Remind yourself of the WHY
We can compare changing habits with achieving goals. It is essential to remind yourself of the WHY. Do you want to lose weight because you want to feel better about yourself and look good during your beach holiday? Do you want to exercise more to feel stronger? Write down these goals and remind yourself – I really like having sticky notes at my door or on my fridge. I also change the location of these notes so that I cannot just overlook them 😉 Check out my post about how you can achieve your goals for more details.
Give breaking the bad habit a meaning
It is even easier if you give your goals meanings. For example, if you manage to quit smoking, your discussions and fights with your partner will stop and they will be very proud of you. When you are having a difficult phase and you want to apply the bad habit again, think about this other person. He/she would be really disappointed, right?
Set milestones for yourself during the habit-breaking journey. For example, if you manage not to smoke for one day, you deserve a special treat. Day by day, increase the time span until you will be rewarded.