Saturday, January 5, 2013

How to Trade in a Bad Habit for a Good One

"There are many ways you can get out of the ruts of boredom and mediocrity before you run out of road."

Making changes in our lives is hard isn't it?

Let's look at how to slowly but surely replace our "bad" habits with "good" habits.

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"If you want to make some changes in your life, you have to make some changes in your life." ~ Mark Hendricks

Who, What, When, Where, and Why - these are our five trusty friends that can help us make changes in our lives.

Who are your current friends? Are they helping you in positive ways? Who would you like to spend more time with?

What are you doing that you would like to stop doing? What would you like to do more of? Pick one small beneficial thing and do more of it.

When do you do your best work? When are you at your weakest? Be sensitive to your rhythmic body clock.

Where is the place or setting that inspires you most? Where can you spend more time that will be beneficial for you?

Why are you desiring change in your life? Try to understand why you have the negative habits that you currently have.

A habit is a recurring behavior that satisfies, calms, or rewards an underlying emotional need. To break a negative habit, we don’t replace the emotional need, we satisfy or reward that need with a more positive habit. It's unlikely you'll stop an undesirable habit without replacing it with another (hopefully desirable) habit.

When you find a positive habit that fulfills the emotional need, continue to reward that need over and over until the new positive habit becomes your automatic response.

So now you know, we don't get rid of "bad" habits, we replace them with "good" ones. View this as replacing a losing strategy with a winning one.


Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program


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