If some part of your routine is sabotaging your life you know you have a bad habit and it is time you do something to break the habit. Human beings like to form routines and they find it difficult not to do something that they have been doing for months or years. Doing the same thing gives comfort to a person and even though it is not benefiting the individual one may tend to repeat the behavioral pattern as the subconscious mind urges the person to keep on doing so.
Here are 7 ways to overcome the bad habits:
- Identifying the habit that is sabotaging you– There are many times when something is bothering you but you fail to identify the real issue. For instance you may yell at the doorman but the real reason may be your habit of reaching late to office each day that impacts your work.
- Determining to overcome the habit– If you know you become anxious a day before you travel leading you to smoke more or take an extra glass of drink-you should determine to stop yourself from a drinking binge. If you have identified your problem it is easy to stop yourself from doing the same thing again and again.
- Set reminders- Use reminders to stop you from doing the same thing. Ask for help from friends or set an alarm in your mobile phone to remind you what NOT to do in a day. The subconscious mind will urge you to do things you are used to do but your friend Smith will stop you from doing things that sabotage your life.
- Reward yourself- If you succeed in doing something reward yourself for the great work you have done. Keep a reward that you like so you can look forward to it and motivates you to stop doing what is wrong for you. If you have a habit of gossiping tell yourself you will treat yourself to a day at spa if you go without talking about others for a month.
- Keep a progress chart- There are times when we feel we are making no progress and this tends to be disheartening. If you keep a progress chart of your changing behavior it will motivate you to keep on doing what you are doing to break the habit and give you a lot of courage to keep moving in the same direction.
- Be kind to yourself – Don’t constantly hate yourself for falling into this bad habit as it will lower your self esteem. Be your best friend and treat yourself kindly in the same way you would treat your friend had he been in the same situation.
- Be patient— Breaking habits take time so be patient with yourself. Each person has a different mental makeup and this means while some people may take only a week to change their habit you make take a month. Be patient if your new routine does not give you the desired results immediately. Keep walking and one day you will finally be free of your sabotaging habits and live a life you always wanted to live.