How to Break Bad Habits

Are you struggling to break bad habits?

I think Erasmus had it right when he said:

“A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.”

So, if you want to break bad habits you need to replace them with good habits!

As you know throughout the month of January we’re focusing on making small, healthy changes, with the end goal of improving our health and well being.

If you’ve been keeping up over the month you may have already made a number of changes!

Today’s challenge is to keep going with the changes you’ve already made

Endeavor to make your new changes ‘habit’ and gradually the bad habits will be removed or reduced from your life.

Think back over the month so far, and make a few notes:

  • What’s been difficult for you?
  • Have you noticed any improvements in your health?
  • What are you really pleased about? What have you achieved?
  • What would you like to achieve throughout the rest of the month?

It’s good to evaluate how you’re doing now. This will help you to re-focus if necessary, and when you see the improvements you’ve made, it will encourage you to continue.

Don’t disregard the smaller things either, any change for the better is wonderful.

Remember, “Habit is overcome by habit”. So, keep replacing bad habits, with good ones, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Check out my free ebook, “The Lifestyle Makeover Guide,” for more help on  how to break bad habits.

What improvements have you noticed in your health?

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Cathy in NZ January 16, 2009 at 4:40 am

My bad habit which I have recently ‘just’ revolved to break….is my lack of acknowledgement to ME/personally on how well I am doing. It’s not that I speak to myself in negative terminology but that I seem to think I need to be MORE when actually I’m doing PRETTY DARN GOOD!!

I have changed my original set up at SparkPeople to reflect that i.e. I’ve decided that if I blog the past & the present it will be better for me to acknowledge what I have achieved, what I didn’t quite achieve but could possibly do if I just ‘rethink’ here and there.

I got carried away @ SparkPeople when I first signed up….adding various pages of goal tracking on various health/fitness matters. I don’t keep records in quite that way soooooo I’ve changed all that back to basically nothing

I had thought to drop my Gym membership but after I really thought though a number of issues I decided that I should continue with it….it’s a very cheap option in relationship to how much time/$ anything else would be. I might trim down some of the time factors there but basically the programme I have at the momenti is pretty good and I still have one more prog/change payment so I can suggest to the lovely A that I would like to know how to use xyz!!!

So hopefully bad habit of my personal achievements is knocked on the head :-)))


Melanie January 17, 2009 at 7:02 am

Hey Cathy,
Sorry for the slow reply. We’re really enjoying our time here in New Zealand. We were in Auckland, but we didn’t stay for too long.

Anyway, to your comment. Don’t drop your gym membership if a) you can afford it, b) it helps you to achieve your goals.


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