A habit is defined as a routine behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. We all have habits. In fact, most of us have lots of them. Maybe it’s eating the same foods, sleeping on the same side of the bed, driving the same way to work, being the same way in relationships. Some of our habits serve us, and some work against achieving what we want in life. The real key is how to break bad habits and then how to form good habits.
- How Did You Establish Your Habits?
- Here We Go:
- 1) Identify the Habit that no longer Serves You:
- 2. Pick A Behavior to Replace The Old Behavior
- 3. Identify Your Triggers:
- 4. Create Reminders.
- 5. Get help and support from someone.
- 6. Get Your Subconscious Mind On Board.
- 7. Reward Yourself For Making Progress.
- Understand your Obstacles to Success:
- Remember to keep going until you achieve what you want!
- Conclusion: How to Replace Bad Habits
How Did You Establish Your Habits?
In simple terms, habits are behaviors that you have learned and repeated many times. As a result, they now occur almost automatically. And most of us have a habit we’d like to break or one we’d like to develop.
Habits can begin with a simple action. Through repetition, it becomes part of your neurology, and as such, they don’t just disappear because you want them to disappear. While you adopted these behaviors and made them habits unconsciously, getting rid of them is not easy and requires a concerted effort. For most people, it takes about four weeks of repeating a new behavior for it to become routine or habit. The following steps can make it easier for you to establish a new behavior pattern and make changes in your life.
Here We Go:
1) Identify the Habit that no longer Serves You:
Identify a habit/behavior that you do regularly that no longer serves you. For example, it could be a habit of eating junk food or staying up all night watching videos.
If you review your day, you will start to identify areas where you’re stuck where you need to form good habits. Create a list of things you do that don’t work.
2. Pick A Behavior to Replace The Old Behavior
Step 2 requires that you break the bad habit and now decide on forming a good habit that will help you achieve your goals. To successfully replace the old behavior, you need to choose a new behavior to replace the old behavior.
Let’s say your old behavior is procrastinating. The new behavior could be goal setting and achieving the goals every day.
To stop behavior that does not serve you, you must have a better and more effective behavior to put in its place. If you don’t, the old behavior will return.
3. Identify Your Triggers:
It’s essential to understand that there are several components to a habit. These comprise a trigger, a behavior, and a reward you get from doing this old behavior. For example, the trigger could be a stack of paper on your desk, and the behavior is procrastination; the reward is avoiding the stress of addressing the paperwork.
You can see in the example above that the Behavior pattern doesn’t exist independently. It requires something to trigger the behavior.
You must identify the triggers that get your habit going. For example, you feel anxiety and want to eat junk food. A habit can also be associated with another part of your routine. For instance, many people associate smoking with eating food.
Think about your habit, identify what initiates it, and write it down on you list.
4. Create Reminders.
It’s essential you continually tell your subconscious mind that you want to make changes. An excellent way to do this is to create visual reminders of your desire to change. Possible reminders could include sticky notes on the fridge, the bathroom mirror, your computer, your car, etc. The main thing is to put them somewhere visible.
5. Get help and support from someone.
You can also seek out support from friends and family asking them to remind you of your new goal. Sometimes creating a team can make your change process a lot more effective, especially if you can form a partnership with someone who shares the same goal.
6. Get Your Subconscious Mind On Board.
To make effective changes, it’s essential to get your subconscious mind on board. Starting today, create affirmations to support your change process.
Write your goal in the present tense as if you’ve already achieved this goal. For the next 21 days, write out this new affirmation at least ten times. This will help to convey your desire to your subconscious mind.
It’s vital to get your subconscious mind on board to ensure you make an effective transition to your new goal. This process helps make your new goal a part of your subconscious strategy, which will help to integrate the new behavior and keep you focused and motivated.
For a few minutes a day, visualize yourself using your new habit and that it is productive and effective. See yourself mastering the new habit and creating the results you wish to achieve. This will help to integrate this into your subconscious mind.
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7. Reward Yourself For Making Progress.
Focus on your goal one day at a time, but give yourself a small reward for turning the plan into a reality. The rewards don’t have to be big or expensive. The rewards need to have something that’s associated in some way with the goal. Doing this provides you with both incentive and extra motivation.
Understand your Obstacles to Success:
Understand you may have resistance, and you may need to do this more than once to implement change fully. Some of these habits you took on have secondary gains, which may be below conscious thought. Sometimes our ego clings to old behaviors and can resist change. As long as you keep your long-term goal in mind and don’t quit until you achieve it, you will succeed.
Remember to keep going until you achieve what you want!
Conclusion: How to Replace Bad Habits
Part of the process of being human is that we are creatures of habit. Once ingrained, we have a propensity to repeat behaviors repeatedly. We often find ourselves doing them without thought or even considering other options. Doing this is okay if the habit serves our greater good, but it can be quite detrimental if it doesn’t.
For the most part, we take these on completely unconscious based on repeating certain behaviors. The problem with habits is they get wired into our neurology, and so once we start the process, it keeps going until completion.
It takes a conscious effort and repetition to replace a habit and can also take some time. A big part is getting your subconscious mind on board for the change process to be effective.
It is possible to replace virtually any bad habit with repetition and perseverance.