We all have some bad habits that we’d like to get rid of. Some of them affect our lives quite a bit, other’s not so much. However, life is all about trying to improve yourself and become the best version you can be. Hopefully, these tips will encourage you to kick your bad habits to the kerb:
Come Up with Good Reasons for Wanting to Quit
Why exactly do you want to stop doing what you’re doing? Is it because it’s affecting your health, relationships, or job? Write down every single good reason and even not so good reasons you can think of for quitting. Stick it somewhere you can see it to motivate you to carry on.
Create a Plan of Action
Everything like this needs a plan of action to get it off the ground. Put one together. What steps will you take to achieve your goal? Write down every little detail so you have no excuse to stray.
Set Small Goals that Lead to Bigger Goals
It’s best if you start out with smaller goals, as these will be less overwhelming and allow you to hit bigger goals as a result more often than not. Simply setting large goals can be overwhelming and have you fall off the wagon. Let’s say you want to get down to a healthy weight. Simply writing that down won’t always help. How about saying ‘cut down on junk to 2 treats per week’. That’s an achievable goal that you can actually measure!
Give Yourself Incentives
Give yourself incentives to encourage you to continue on this journey. If you want to quit smoking, treat yourself to a variety of e-liquid flavours to encourage you to continue. If you want to lose weight, buy yourself a beauty product for every half a stone lost. If you want to stop biting your nails, treat yourself to a Gel Manicure to help your nails grow. These are just examples, work something out to suit you!
Track Your Progress
Track your progress so you can see how far you’ve come. If you’re giving up smoking, put the money you would have spent on cigarettes in a jar and watch it build up. If you’re losing weight, measure yourself or weigh yourself once a week and note down your results. This should be enough to keep you going when you can see for yourself it’s working.
Stay accountable by telling somebody you trust what you’re doing. They can help you stay on track, find ways to encourage you, and pick you up when you’re feeling down. There’s no need to go through it alone. There should be some groups you can join to help too, so you know that you’re not going through any of this alone. For instance, there are slimming world groups with other people who want to lose weight.
Anybody can kick their bad habits to the kerb, it’s simply believing you can to begin with! When you’ve made your plan and you start taking baby steps towards your goal, you’ll find it so much easier. Good luck and let me know how you get on!
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