Are you a slave to bad habits? Have people close to you pointed out certain behaviors that you have that are counter-productive? In this blog post, we will take a look at habits and hopefully give you a new perspective on them, and more importantly equip you to know how to overcome bad habits that are holding you back in life!
There is an old Chinese proverb that states “the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago and the second best time is now.” Even if you find yourself reading this post and you are only a few years from retirement, you will benefit greatly from the information I am about to share with you. This information implemented immediately will result in positive change in as little as 28 days!
Aristotle once said that some 95% of everything we do everyday is a result of habits. That’s quite an impressive statistic. If we consider that who we are and everything we have is therefore a result of our daily habits, then if we are not satisfied with where we are now then we certainly need to change our habits.
All habits are learned. If something is learned, how do we “unlearn” something that is a bad habit? Unfortunately, I do not know of any way in which we can erase our mental hard-drives, but I do know the next best thing, we can simply replace a bad habit with a good one. For example, if we have cultivated the bad habit of being lazy or otherwise a bit too sedentary in our daily routine, then we can replace that habit of being lazy with a habit of becoming more active. Since habits are created by simple repetition, we simply need to consciously engage in a routine of activity. One way to achieve this goal would be to set your alarm clock 35 minutes earlier in the morning five days per week. Then, go for a brisk thirty minute walk. Most experts seem to agree that 10,000 steps per day is a great healthy goal for most people. In a mere half an hour you could rack up nearly a third of your days needed steps. Once you build up to a jog or morning run, you could do far more!
This simple but deliberate adjustment to your routine will make you feel and look better and create a healthier version of yourself. After about 28 days, the number of days required to establish a new habit, it will be something that has now become a part of who you are.
Apply this easy strategy for overcoming bad habits to whatever is keeping you from a more successful daily routine. In no time at all, you will begin to see the much desired results.
Now make the decision to go out there and conquer something that has to date been mastering you. Remember all it takes is the initial decision and a little action on your part.
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