Breaking the Habits

Break the Habit

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the actions we take throughout the day – our “Morning routine”, or “Regular breakfast”, our “Typical commute”, the “Daily grind” at work – the habits we develop literally control about 95% our actions.

Because our habits dictate all the small details that make up our everyday lives, they also are directly related to the bigger issues in our lives, such as how much money we earn, the kind of person we marry or live with, our physical condition and health, and every other area of our lives.

So if we embrace bad habits – those habits which have a negative impact on who we are – then those same habits will prevent us from achieving excellence in our lives, holding us back from reaching our fullest potential.

The purpose of this guide is to show you how to break bad habits – any sort of bad habit, from those that are damaging to your health, like smoking or not wearing a seatbelt, to those that affect your self-esteem, such as negative thinking or overeating – and replace them with positive behaviors that can become part of your daily life and finally cause you to see the results you truly want.

“Breaking the Habit” will show you how to end the madness and start living your life to its fullest by abandoning bad habits and replacing them with positive ones.

“Bad” Habits vs. “Good” Habits So how does one define a “Bad” habit, and what qualities separate those from “Good” habits? In most cases, the distinction is obvious.

A habit is a “Bad” habit if: It is destructive, harmful or poses a short or long-term danger to you or somebody else.

Examples of Bad Habits Practically any habit that can be considered “Good” can have a “Bad” counterpart: Destructive personal habits like smoking, drinking and abusing drugs Overeating or not living a healthy lifestyle Making poor financial decisions Gambling Procrastinating Being addicted to sex or pornography Failing to live in a positive manner/Taking a negative view of your world In short, anything that interferes with your ability to live a happy and healthy life can be considered a bad habit.

Addiction is defined as “The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice.to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” So any bad habit is an addiction because it enslaves us, preventing us from achieving our highest potential.

Make no mistake: There will be consequences for reversing any bad habit.

Our Need for Habitual Behavior, Habits and Beliefs Habits are not only useful, but we actually rely on our routines to function in our daily lives.

These activities we take for granted are actually habits we have developed that are performed without conscious intent.

Negative habits – like overeating, smoking or driving too fast – work the same way.

Using Habits to Achieve Success Oftentimes, we are not able to even perceive that we have bad habits.

Have you ever known or worked with somebody who has poor personal hygiene or had a friend who drank or partied too much? Usually, those people don’t consciously decide to perform their bad habit.

They just do it out of well, habit! When we take the time to recognize our own bad habits, take corrective action and replace them with good, positive and healthy habits, the result is permanent change that pays dividends to our health, prosperity and happiness for the rest of our lives.

Breaking your bad habits and replacing them with good ones can help you achieve that happiness.

DISCLAIMER


This article is a presentation for the book “Break the Habit” from Charles Brown. If you like to read the book you can download it for free here

6 thoughts on “Breaking the Habits

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    docwho says:

    Habits provide a significant advantage in terms of savings on cognitive
    effort. This is especially functional in contexts where the decision situations hardly
    change, and thorough elaboration would always come up with the same decision.
    However, the associated lack of elaboration may also yield serious disadvantages.
    Basically, the use of habits causes that new information is not taken into account
    when performing the behaviour, nor that one is actively seeking for new information.
    Also small (structural) changes are often not being noticed when people behave
    habitually. Hence, whereas the habit may originate from a process in finding out the
    optimal behaviour given the prevailing circumstances, the circumstances may since
    then have changed such that alternative behaviour would yield better outcomes. For
    example, one may habitually buy the usual brand of coffee without being aware of a
    new brand of qualitative good eco-certificated coffee that would be preferred by the
    decision-maker.

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      Tito Rabat says:

      Also, information may have become available concerning negative
      outcomes of performing the habit. Even if a person is aware that the current habit is
      non-optimal because of such negative outcomes, this information may not affect the
      performance as long as the direct outcomes of the habit are satisfactory.

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    Comitaxby67 says:

    Obviously, in many situations where it would be beneficial to change
    existing behaviour one is being confronted with the challenge to change existing
    habits. The strength of the habit here is an important determinant. The more frequent
    a habit is being performed, the more automated the choice process often will be.

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      Tito Rabat says:

      Hence the (yearly) habit to visit a certain holiday destination may be weaker than the
      (daily) habit of drinking coffee. 🙂

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    Colood says:

    The distinction between habits and reasoned behaviour is an old one, and has already
    been discussed extensively. Current perspectives on habitual
    behaviour stress the importance of cognitive scripts that are being executed in familiar
    situations.

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      Tito Rabat says:

      A script reflects a specific rule stating that in a certain type of situation a
      specific response is adequate. As such a script represents the knowledge structure
      behind the habit, and thus is not equal to the habit itself

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