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for breaking bad habits

1. Become aware of
your habits. You cannot
change something you are
not aware of! Once you
have identified a bad habit
you wish to break, start to
gain awareness around
the habit itself. When,
where, how, why, who do
your habit with? Because
habits are largely
unconscious, the more
aware you can become of
your habit, the more
power you have to change
2. Focus on one habit at
at time. You will need to
consciously focus on doing
your new behaviour until
it becomes a habit.
Because the new
behaviour is unfamiliar,
carrying it out requires
additional physical and
mental resources.
Discipline yourself to just
work on one habit at a
time, otherwise you risk
none of your desired
behaviours becoming
permanent habits.
3. Get motivated.
Because bad habits are
particularly resistant to
change, you need to build
your motivation to ensure
you carry out the change.
Consider both the short
and long term
consequences of
continuing with your
habit. These can impact
not only yourself but
friends, family and loved
ones. Consider what habits
you are passing on to your
children and
grandchildren. Write a list
of all the benefits you will
receive by breaking your
bad habit and read over
these morning and night
to keep your motivation
levels high.
4. Replace lost needs.
At one point, your bad
habit was most likely
filling an emotional need.
For example, are you
eating for comfort or
pleasure rather than
nourishment? If so, try
and find a healthier way
to get this need met such
as calling a friend or
watching a funny video.
Your habit may have been
meeting MANY needs e.g.
you may eat junk food in
order to socialise, for
pleasure, comfort,
nourishment etc. You will
need to replace EACH of
these needs in order to
successfully overcome
your negative habit.
5. Make a plan and
decide what you will do
instead of your bad
habit . For example,
instead of watching TV,
you might go for a walk or
read a book.
6. Avoid people and
situations that might
trigger your habit . For
example, perhaps drinking
with friends triggers you
into wanting a cigarette.
7. Practise the new
habit. Changing a habit
involves creating a new
neural pathway for your
brain to take instead of
the old one. You need to
practise the new habit at
every opportunity in order
to make the new neural
pathway stronger and
easier for your brain to
take than the old one.
Research indicates it takes
21-30 days of daily
practise to lock in the
foundations of a new
8. Record your progress.
Daily recording of your
progress helps you stay
focused on your goal and
to easily identify problem
areas or situations.
9. Use rewards and
punishments to keep
yourself on track . Perhaps
you can take a nice
holiday with the money
you will save on
cigarettes. Or, you could
schedule in regular breaks
or a night out with friends
to reward yourself for
focused study efforts. Use
not only big rewards for
reaching your ultimate
goal but small, frequent
rewards for your daily
10. Build in
accountability. Tell
friends and family about
your commitment to your
new habit and get their
support with helping you
follow through. You might
enlist the help of an
exercise buddy to help
you form the habit of daily
11. Experiment. In the
process of changing your
habit you may need to
modify it slightly to suit or
another bad habit you
weren’t aware of has risen
to the surface
12. Get immediately
back on track. Chances are
you will make mistakes
and have slip ups. Learn
from these and make
course corrections as

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