“Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with.” -– Brian Tracy
There are three steps one has to do to get rid of bad habits and replace them with good ones.
1. Get leverage on yourself for what you want to accomplish. Perhaps it’s doing exercise daily or eating healthy. Write down ten reasons its worth following through. Literally, write it out. Write down what you gain by doing the new habit, and what you will lose out on if you don’t.
2. Break old mental associations of your previous bad habit. If you catch yourself thinking, “Oh you don’t want to go to the gym. You’re so tired. You have no time.” Catch yourself in these thought patterns and break them. The mind can think of millions of reasons not to do something. When you catch yourself doing this, think back to all the points mentioned when you developed leverage upon yourself.
3. Keep track of your habit. Get a calendar and mark down when you do it. Take note of how long a streak you can get going. After a while it’ll become second nature. The negative thought patterns will erode and have far less influence. Keeping a streak alive in itself can be leverage enough.
These points are all great, but if you don’t follow through on them, then what’s the point? That’s like have a great book collection but never reading any of the books. Without action you’re just doing mental masturbation. Make a point of taking massive action as soon as possible!
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