How To Walk The Good Path
How To Walk The Good Path: After being asked about the specific bad habit of tardiness, New York City life coach Julie Holmes explained, “when people get into the habit of constantly being late for things they develop a pattern of doing so, and begin to believe that it’s just who they are. It becomes a part of their perceived persona and can lead to a feeling of entitlement to continue to do so.” Both of the quotes, “If you are going through hell, keep going,” and “Never, never, never give up,” were given to us by Winston Churchill, who, despite your views on his politics, is widely accepted as a champion of perseverance. A strong reserve is obviously needed in order to quit bad habits that have been deeply rooted into our routines. Sometimes all you can do is bury your head and try to keep going, understanding that it may take a few tries. As one New York Times article about quitting smoking pointed out, “Most smokers need several attempts before they can become permanent ex-smokers.”
A great way to get rid of a pesky bad habit is to try and replace it in your daily routine. Total reconstruction of your regular habits can be tricky, but slight tweaks can work out much better. If the habit you’re trying to drop is eating fast food to treat yourself directly after work, try treating yourself by getting something healthier, even if just marginally, instead of nothing all together. Even if your replacement isn’t necessarily a great habit in itself, the change will help disrupt your bad habit’s power over you, which is what’s important first and foremost. Be honest with yourself, it will be hard to defeat your coffee habit by attempting to cut caffeine out of your day entirely. Tea, anybody? We are creatures of habit and sometimes you just need to take a second and really think about what you’re doing. Bad habits are “mindless” actions at their root, as they’ve worked themselves into your psyche and can be performed without much thought. Fighting something like this requires stepping out of your head a bit and thinking how the cogs work. You need friends to help get you through the struggles of breaking bad habits. You need a support team. Even if just having a friend to call when you’re thinking about your bad habit can be a big help.