"Habits can either make you...or break you."
Many of our habits that we've developed stem from the environment that we were raised in. If your parents were neat and organized, chances are that you too have developed a positive habit of being organized. Same thing with health and fitness. If you brought up living a healthy lifestyle including eating a balanced diet and exercising, chances are that you have established healthy eating habits for yourself and your family and you always include some kind of exercise on a daily base.
Your habits, whether good or bad, will greatly determine your future. To become a better you, take inventory of your daily habits. Do you have a tendency to worry a lot? Are you mostly eating junk food? Are you spending your whole evening in front of the TV or on The Internet or FB? Do you regularly succumb to addictions?
The good news is.... you can change. You can develop better habits. Most studies of habitual behavior indicate that a habit can be broken in 4-6 weeks. Just sit with that for a minute....
If you discipline yourself for a month or so, and be willing to suffer through the pain of change, you can rid yourself of a negative behavior, form a new healthy habit and create a new level of freedom in your life.
If you are willing to be uncomfortable for a while, you can press past the initial pain of change. In the long run your life will be so much better. Make a habit of being uncomfortable for some time. The pain won't last forever and once you develop a new habit, the pain will go away and you will enjoy your life a lot more.
"Ask yourself when you are tempted to react in the same old way....Do I want to be a prisoner of my past...or a pioneer of the future?" - Deepak Chopra
If you have had the same habit for 20-30 years you might not be able to overcome these habits as quickly as within 30 days. But if you will make up your mind and stick with it, it won't take years to break it.
Just make a decisions....make a commitment to stick with it....no matter what.!!!!
It will get easier every day and eventually you will do the right thing automatically. You won't even have to think about it. You will succeed.
Just remember that it is difficult in the beginning to create a new habit. Often you will get tempted to cave in to your old habits, but you must not give in. Stay on track and focus on what you want and the outcome of your goal.
A lot of us will have plenty of excuses why we shouldn't change. We can find plenty of reasons to give up and continue to live the way we have always lived. There will be plenty of temptations out there. Just remember you can overcome all of those and just stay on your path to creating your new habits and life.
The truth is, in reality it isn't about breaking the habits as much as it is about replacing bad habits with good ones.
The key to success is to find something with which you can replace the negative habit. If you find yourself eating every time you feel stressed out, figure out something else to do. Maybe going for a walk or a jog. Just try to stay busy and out of the kitchen.
Repetition is key in creating new habits. Repeat the new habit until it becomes automatic.
Practice makes perfect!!!
Remember your habits today will the create your tomorrow and your future. If you have some habits that you don't like - Change them.
Decide today to become a better you, and stick with it....NO MATTER WHAT!
Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach