Habits: Who Needs Them?

Dont Quit - Do It

(DGIwire) – We all develop habits, good or bad, whether we like them or not. Habits are trained into us through those that influence us through our observation and relationships.   Countless habits are formed throughout our lives. There are those good habits, like thinking kindly, exercising, and eating plenty of fruits and veggies.   But then there are those bad habits that sneak in and ultimately cramp our likelihood of living our best, most full and fun filled lives. Recognizing a bad habit is always a good first step towards self-improvement. Getting rid of bad habits, however, is not always easy… unless you learn to eliminate some self-talk.

If you have a habit that you know is hampering your life, face it: You’re probably a Master in the Game of Excuse.

Many people wander through their life making excuses. “It’s too hard.” “It’s just the way I am.” “I don’t have the time.” And the biggest self-lie of all: “It’s easier for you to do it…You don’t understand blah blah blah.”   These are just a few of the common excuses out of the billions offered up as a rationale for the cornucopia of bad habit(s).

If you are ready to take the proverbial “bull” by its horns and you’re ready to decide it’s time to improve your life it starts with this self-message: This (habit) is something that is keeping me from (the achievement you want) and I have the power to change it.

Success begins when you stop making excuses. Be truthful. Truth is the only answer that leads you to improve your personal life. Once you learn to tell the truth—not just to others, but yourself– you are well on your way to learning new behaviors and habits.

Next commit by choosing a new habit. For example: “Today I plan to drink more water.”   “Today I will eat fruit for dessert.” “Today I’ll speak 100 kind words to those I love before I say something mean and nasty.”   Then DO IT!   Don’t quit.

Today you can stop judging others and myself. Most judgment will end when you simply start to recognize a negative behavior and accept that one second at a time, you can choose to act, speak, think and do differently. If you make a mistake—so what? Apologize to yourself or others, skip the drama and get back to working on forming new positive habits!

The minute negative self-talk starts, pay attention and you will learn to recognize it for what it is: a fleeting thought—not a concrete fact. All thoughts are like the tide: they come in and go out. Acting on them is most often quite unnecessary. If you happen to think you are one of those that spends too much of your life thinking negative and making negative connotations, try changing your ways today. Recognize your own power. You have the power to make changes in your own behavior. Don’t waste your time trying to change others. Just start leading by example, changing your dance, and you might be surprised as to what and who might follow your new lead.

When you start to make changes to improve your life, start small. Be proud of your baby steps to success and don’t worry if you stumble. As you work to change your life and habits make sure you seek support and feedback. You do not have to walk the road to success alone. Positive feedback can be found all around you if you look for it. Ask someone you trust to support you and give you feedback. Who knows? Maybe that friend has been seeking a supportive partner to encourage their goals for change as well.

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