Updated: Mar 5
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Habits are the things we do that define us as who we are. Habits can be learned, taught and broken but whichever you choose you must always be prepared with patience and consistency. It is said that a habit can be learned or broken in 21 days.
Creating habits can be challenging but breaking them even more so. Breaking a habit is taking a part of you and erasing it from your being - it is always hard but it also always comes down to self discipline and willpower. You can become anything in the world, whether you are successful, positive, healthy, fit and so on, all comes down to how much willpower you have to make it happen. If you want it enough, guess what? You'll have it!
Willpower is like a muscle, the more it hurts the better results you'll see. You want to be healthy, stop eating junk foods. You want to be fit, become obsessed with the gym. These are habits that you are creating on a daily basis that with enough push and grind you'll break old habits to create room for new improved ones.
Try these four steps to break bad habits.
Choose a substitute - Now I don't mean get rid of an addiction by starting a new one. A substitute should be a positive improvement. Choose one thing you want to overcome and replace it with a new habit. Once that's done, become obsessed with your improvements. Not only will this change your lifestyle, it will also boost your confidence when you are able to do the "impossible".
Become a visual person - Visualize yourself where you'll be in five years if you keep up with your progress. Let yourself get excited, feel the adrenaline and energy rush of becoming who you want to be. On the other hand, visualize yourself in five years if you don't get out of your comfort zone to make a change in habit - I don't think I need to explain how awful that feels.
Surround yourself with growing people - There are two types of people you should strive to surround yourself with: people who are growing and people who are greater than you. By surrounding yourself with like-minded people you can achieve more and also gain the support needed to break and create new habits.
Cut out as many triggers as possible - A personal example from Eden: I was a smoker for 4 years and noticed that almost every time I had a smoke, I would walk back into the house feeling more tired than ever, get into bed and lose out on half my day. When I finally decided enough was enough, I quit the cigarettes and started becoming more productive. In addition, I don't allow myself to get near things that trigger smoke cravings. Use this example for anything in life, even to break a habit. If you have unhealthy eating habits per say, don't walk past a Cinnabon or a Balthazar.
Remember, you don't eliminate a habit, you replace it <3
What habits are you breaking? Leave in comments:)