It is time again to make New Year's resolutions. At this time of year, we are motivated to Break Bad Habits. In order to help you make resolutions for breaking bad habits, I have reviewed the following blogs.
Adam Voiland of U.S. News and World Report explained why we make bad choices even when we know better in his article, "Want to Break a Bad Habit? Try This". Adam explained that we sometimes make bad choices because we want immediate gratification and do what is easiest. He wrote the answer is to "build systems into your life that reward healthy choices or make healthy choices more convenient than unhealthy choices".
Adam encouraged us to not forbid ourselves or others from making bad choices and to not punish ourselves or others for making bad choices. "We know, in fact, stress and negative emotions often lead to things like binge eating, drug relapse and emotional buying. Incentives work much better." I believe Adam's ideas are excellent ways to neutralize the effects of the "innate human defiance," which was listed as one of the reasons "Why It's so Hard to Break Bad Habits," which was an article written by Jeanna Bryer for Fox News.com.
"How to Bake a Bad Habit" at eHow urged us to be "kind to yourself. Beating yourself up is another bad habit to be broken". Also I might add, beating oneself up certainly would agitate our "innate human defiance".
This blog offered an eight step program for breaking bad behavior. This program emphasized writing down when the bad behavior occurs and how we feel at the time. Then one is encouraged to find better ways to express the feeling and find an alternative activity instead of engaging in bad behavior. People are encouraged to practice new behaviors frequently.
Patricia from A Better You Blog had a blog entitled "Starting A New Habit or Break a Bad One: 10 Steps to Guarantee Success for Anyone. Patricia has 10 very good ideas. She emphasized making sure you really want to break the bad habit, figure out what need the habit serves, and replace negative self talk with positive self talk. She also suggested that people have a plan and backup plan for guaranteeing your success.
Todd from We the Change emphasized using affirmations for breaking bad habits in his blog, "How to Break Out Of Bad Habits by Using Affirmations". Todd had many suggestions for dealing with "innate human defiance". Todd emphasized not making conscious decisions to stop bad habits. He brought to our attention that it is "human nature to want to do something that you are told that you cannot do"!
He also emphasized the importance of the subconscious mind and pointed out that using the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious mind for breaking bad habits. I liked Todd's conclusion: "Remember the repetition of consistent words affects your subconscious mind and slowly shifts the underlying current of your life to the intended direction".
Nancy Schimelpfening from About.com emphasized making conscious choices to engage in bad habits or the payoff for not engaging in a bad behavior. Her blog was entitled "Bad Choices, Bad Habits". She encouraged her readers to find the "payoff" motivating the bad habits and also the "trade-off" or what you're losing because of the bad habit.
I wish I had more time to report on more articles on Breaking Bad Behavior. Nevertheless, I am very happy with the information that I have distilled from the six blogs I have mentioned. In particular, I was intrigued with the various ways to reduce the influence of our "innate human defiance".
I hope that you will have a happy new year and success in breaking your bad habits!
Remember, We Live within Environments Created by Our Choices!
Life and Mental Fitness Coach