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Breaking a habit in 5 simple steps

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Habits are auto-behaviors The problem with trying to break a habit is that we suddenly decide on the spur of a moment that we no longer want to do something.

A sudden rush of emotions make us decide that we will stop something. As we all know, we jump onto the bandwagon and jump back right off! i have a relative who is like this and decides impulsively, but always fails to do so making a number of excuses.

The key to breaking a habit is to start small during the cold turkey phase. Be patient, set a 21 day deadline and review yourself.

1. Micro-size. For example, if you want to stop chomping on your nails then start by either cutting down on the number of fingers used or just chomp on one hand. If you want to stop overeating, cut down on your portions.

2. Replace with a good habit. Take a walk, para sail. Do whatever excites you.

3. Risk and Reward: Risk-every time you fail, put some money into a jar and make a note. Reward-each time you succeed, reward yourself with something

4. When you have the urge, close your eyes, breathe deeply and proclaim: ‘I can overcome this habit, I am confident, capable and I will overcome this challenge.”

5. Be accountable. Tell somebody what you are doing and set some guidelines including risk and reward.

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