Habits are things we do regularly and some of them are bad habits that we’ve got into whereas others are counted as good habits such as being punctual and polite, that kind of thing.
It’s generally thought that it takes us around 14 to 28 days to either make or break a habit. It varies a bit depending on the circumstances involved but if you figure that the first two weeks will need some kind of effort from you and the second two weeks should be easier you won’t be far off.
How can you break bad habits and replace them with good ones?
I know, we’ve all made lists of resolutions or affirmations and typically they’re a bucket list of things.
The trouble is, that dilutes your focus and often means that you don’t get anything completed.
Whereas if you’d taken the list you made at New Year and split into one thing per month, chances are that by the end of the year you’d have kicked around 10 to 12 of the things you were trying to get rid of.
So focus on one bad habit at a time – it’s not only easier, it’s more effective.
And ideally pick a related good habit to replace it with so that you get the best of both worlds.
Identify the triggers
Something causes you to do whatever it is that forms your bad habit.
Of course, because it’s a habit, you may not immediately notice the trigger because it’s become so ingrained.
But take a step back and it should become clear what’s causing you to do whatever it is.
Once you’ve identified the triggers, you can react.
You may not catch them in time every single time – that’s OK, you’re only human. But so long as you catch them and stop them in their tracks at least half the time, that’s fine.
Then replace whatever it was your bad habit was going to force you to do with something better!
Write it down
Old fashioned pen and paper is best for this but the modern equivalent – especially if you go public somewhere like your Facebook timeline – can also be effective.
Our minds seem to believe the written word more than most things, so writing down your commitment helps a lot.
If you can focus on some kind of goal – such as a weight target if it’s the diet time of year – that’s even better.
But at the very least write down your commitment to kick whatever bad habit it is you’re eliminating from your life.
Or at least greatly reducing if eliminating isn’t something you’d contemplate yet.
Use hypnosis to break your bad habits
Hypnosis is a great way to help get rid of bad habits.
It’s easy to use – if you can play an MP3 file, you can use hypnosis.
It’s discreet – unless you tell them, no-one will know you’re using it.
It’s quick – a few listens to the MP3 is usually enough.