Even the most fickle are faithful to a few bad habits – Mason Cooley
When you’re self-aware, you realize when you’re in a bad habit mode.
I want you to look at your life right now because this is about you, not about me.
Do I have some bad habits? Absolutely.
And when I catch myself in a bad habit cycle, I really have a cold dose of reality.
You see, every morning when we wake up, we try to eliminate our bad habits. A lot of us wake up always refreshed and feeling positive. Feeling like today is going to be the day we are going to finally eliminate these habits.
We get excited.
And what happens? Well, bad habits are hard to break.
For those of you who are overweight, you know how soothing those carbs and sugars can be for you.
For those of you who are frustrated the way your body looks, you know how easy it is to avoid going to the gym.
For a lot of you, you can’t seem to connect with the opposite sex on a deeper level.
And you know the bad habits are holding you back.
Bad habits are really challenging.
They’re really difficult.
Especially when those habits become ingrained deeper and even deeper.
The more you do the bad habits, the most you’re cognizant of that, the more you are constantly living the habit.
And that’s where the real challenge starts to come.
So how do we get rid of these bad habits? 2 Things To Do
1. The first thing is recognition.
You want to recognize bad habits. You want to look at that them, and you want to ask yourself: how long have I been doing this for?
You need a little bit of reality.
You really need to understand how deeply ingrained this has been for you, and how far you’ve taken this.
2. The second thing you need to do is realize that you’re going to have to make some drastic changes.
And you need to realize that the process of getting rid of this bad habit is going to be very, VERY uncomfortable. Because when you’ve been in a cycle, you can’t just wake up one morning and say, “habit be gone!”
You’re so used to it that you’re comfortable in that bad habit.
So what do you need to do?
This is where it gets challenging, folks.
This is what separates winners from losers.
This is what separates people who want it compared to people who talk about it.
You’re going to have to be in a really extended period of discomfort.
Not just for one day.
Because there is no one-day fix to this problem.
You’re going to have to really commit to eliminating that bad habit, and you’re going to have to be uncomfortable for at least two weeks to see any bit of progress.
More realistically, it’s going to take you a month to distance yourself from that habit. Which means that you’re going to feel anxiety, stress.
You’re going to feel it.
You can feel it throughout your whole body, as you try to eliminate the bad habit.
But the best thing about this is that every single day if you can survive (which you will trust me), you will survive through the anxiety and the stress. Every day you can go through that stress and anxiety, you will start to distance yourself from that bad habit.
But it’s going to take time, it’s going to take commitment, and it’s going to take perseverance.
Because it’s not just going to happen overnight.
Are you in, or are you out?