“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
7 unique ways to change bad habits.
1. What is your goal? Think of the goal in positive words. For example, instead of saying “I will quit snacking at night”, say “I will practice healthy eating habits”. Write your goal down because this helps you commit to your goal.
2. What will you do instead? When you want to stop a behavior, you must have a better behavior to put in its place or the old habit will return. Decide what your replacement behavior will be.
3. What triggers you to do the habit? Often, one habit is associated with another part of your regular routine. For instance, in the snacking example above, the trigger may be that when you watch TV, you grab a snack.
4. Put up reminder notes where the behavior usually occurs, and put them up in other spots where you will see them often too.
5. Tell someone what your goal is because, any job is easier with help. Make yourself accountable by having that person ask you on a regular basis if you’re following your plan. Another idea is to go into partnership with someone who has the same goal you do.
6. Write daily affirmations. Write them as if they are already happening and write them ten times a day, for twenty-one days. This process helps make your goal a part of your subconscious, which will not only remind you to practice the new behavior, but will also keep you focused and motivated.
7. Focus on your goal one day at a time. Give yourself a treat at one, three and six months. Doing this provides you with both incentive and extra motivation.
Depending on the habit it may take a few tries but, stick with it and you will do it!