Why don't you change or stay with what doesn't work?
Once you become comfortable in any habit, breaking it is very hard and uncomfortable. Sometime your excuses or reasons for not changing are more powerful that the habit you need to change.
You can stay in a habit because for some reason it serves you. You can stay with a habit out of fear.
You can stay with a habit because you are scared of change and the outcome of what change will produce or require.
Or you can stay with a habit because it is just familiar.
Which is your reason for not changing?
Definition of a Habit
Simply a habit by definition is an attitude, behavior, emotion, thought, or substance you repeat over and over again until you do it without thinking, automatically. Habits are the result of something done over and over. The more often an action is repeated, the stronger the habit will become.
Almost everything you do is repeated many times over; you're a creatures of habit. Forming a new habit takes time. Research has proved that it takes 30 to 90 days.
Yet a newly form habit can firmly fixed itself in your subconscious mind in as little as seven days.
Just as habits are formed by repeating certain actions over and over, unwanted habits can be broken by not doing a certain thing over a period of time. Sounds simple, but may not be so easy at first. It calls for patience, hard work, and may be a little anguish.
To change any habit you first have to be willing and ready to make the change and let go of the old unwanted one even in fear. Change an old unwanted habit by replacing it with a new positive habit. Forming a new habit takes time. Research has proved that it takes 30 to 90 days. A newly formed habit is firmly fixed in your subconscious mind in as little as seven days.
Here are 7 tips that can guide you into changing an unwanted old habit to a new positive habit. Be sure to complete all steps in order to achieve a new habit.
1. Mentally go through all your habits and pick the habit
you would like to change.
2. Determine what your attitude has been toward the
old habit you intend to change. Then answer - why
your attitude has been so comfortable? Even though
in reality it has probably been uncomfortable or painful,
if not possibly toxic.
3. Create and focus on the habit you would like to form.
4. Visualize the habit you want becoming a comfortable
one – if you can envision yourself doing the habit
and it becomes comfortable in your mind, then adapting
to it will be much easier. Do not allow yourself to feel
overwhelmed. Keep your sight set on completing
5. Consistency is most important - make a contract with
yourself (or an accountability partner) to practice that
intended habit every day for 5 minutes – create a daily
schedule for the next 60 to 90 days.
6. Set up a support system.
7. Reward yourself at the end of each week for
succeeding, then at the conclusion of the first
30 days and finally at the conclusion of your 90 days.
Success in positive habit formation comes when you can remain focused, consistent and determined.
To form a positive habit - practice, practice and then practice some more. Success in positive habit formation comes when you can remain focused, consistent and determined.
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