As human beings, we are susceptible to making mistakes. Although there are admittedly a few individuals who exhibit amazing intelligence, that still doesn’t exempt them from making a number of bad decisions throughout their lifetime. Mistakes are what make us human. Part of the beauty of humanity lies in our flaws and imperfections.
Another aspect of humanity that doesn’t escape us is our love for routine. Because we are surrounded by so much change and inconsistency in the world, we latch on to the first thing that we feel is constant and unchanging. That’s why we all have a problem dealing with change. But what we sometimes fail to realize is that not everything that becomes a routine or a habit is good. That’s why there’s this thing called bad habits.
These are the things we do that are bad for us, but we keep doing them regardless. Everybody has one – or several. And that’s ok because we can’t help it. What’s not ok though is ignoring the fact that these things are bad for us just because of our unwillingness to change. We would never move forward with our lives and achieve our full potential if we keep holding on to our bad habits.
So to help you and anyone you may know who has a problem and needs help letting go of bad habits, here are few pointers:
Recognize the Problem – the first and most important step in getting rid of bad habits is when you identify which of your habits and routines are actually bad for you. The thing with most of us is that we have this tendency to walk around ignoring the fact that there are some things about ourselves that we need to change. A lot of us are in a perpetual state of denial which impedes self-growth and success. Before we can move forward with anything, we first need to accept the fact that there are certain aspects about yourself that you need to change – for the better, of course.
Make a Plan – once you are able to single out the things about yourself that need changing, you can then start making your plan of action. You can create step-by-step plans of the things that you can do to correct yourself. Planning helps make your effort so much more effective and at the same time it helps keep your head on the goal.
Accept Help – what you need to keep in mind is that you are never alone. You don’t have to work on your goals and face challenges on your own. Sometimes, a little moral support from the people closest to you can be of great help. It may even become one of your motivational forces to keep you from backing out and giving up.
Having bad habits are unavoidable, but that’s not an excuse for us to hold on to them. When we are able to correct these and replace them with a set of more positive and helpful habits, we are then ready to begin our journey to success.
by: Jeffrey Slayter