The Good Thing and Bad Thing About Habits is the Same

December 25th, 2019

Whether you consider them to be good or bad, all habits are hard to break.  As you approach the New Year, perhaps considering some change in early 2020, this is something worth bearing in mind.

Finding it hard to break a habit is perfect if it is something you want to sustain.  Creating a habit which allows you to maintain healthy routines is generally a good thing.  However, it’s not so great if you are caught in a spiral doing something you no longer want to do and you find yourself barely having to engage your brain to do it.

The reason to kick off forming a positive habit in the first place is to reduce the necessity for willpower and to do something without having to think about it too much.  The new habit is just something you do.  This is ideal when you want to sustain a new routine such as exercise, eating well, studying regularly and managing your money.

But when you have formed habits which encourage you to do things which have become second nature but no longer serve you well, they can be frustratingly tough to reverse.

The fact that habits are tricky to break is clearly a good thing if you want to maintain them, but for those things you want to change, breaking a bad habit is tough.  The good thing and bad thing about habits are, therefore, the same, they are hard to break.

People typically list their bad habits as including smoking, swearing, drinking alcohol, biting their nails and drinking too much coffee.  Experts say that the best way to break a bad habit is, in fact, to replace it with a positive one, selecting something alternative to be or do.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” Gandhi

Choose your habits wisely and when some less desired ones form, stop and choose an alternative.

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