Habits are the repeated thoughts and actions that we allow to control our lives.
There are good ones and there are bad ones. To achieve success is to have good habits. The more carefully we choose our habits, the more potential we have for being successful.
Habits take time to grow. For every effort we make to strengthen our good habits, we gain more power in controlling what we do with our lives, and also true, unfortunately, for the bad habits as well.
Sometimes we cannot see the results of the actions of our daily habit patterns, until much later in our lives, and sometimes not at all. They are not easily recognized, unless we train ourselves to do so.
The bad habits give us temporary satisfaction, but are harmful to our future happiness. Whereas the good habits are good for us now and in the future.
We've all heard what we sow is what reap. To try to realize the importance of learning to sow good habits in our lives, is perhaps the most rewarding investment we can make for our future.
To begin learning how to destroy bad habit patterns of living and build good ones, it is important to create a steady, positive, cheerful, enthusiastic perspective towards the process of changing and the results to be obtained.
Be patient, knowing that each day you are a success even if you fail, because you are making an attempt to change for the better, and by your consistent effort, gradually your old habit pattern will weaken and you will have several new good habits, that will yield results ranging from feeling better about yourself, to expressing a greater potential for achieving success.
Recognize one bad habit you have which you want to destroy, such as lack of daily exercise. Write down the long and short term results that you know occur from this pattern of living. Think about this each day for one month. Do not despair.
Make a list of a variety of opposite good habit choices that you want to establish, such as walking, running, swimming, or any other exercise you find appealing. Choose those that you enjoy and that you know the results will be good for you now and in the future. Write down the long and short term results that occur from these habits of living.
Compare long and short term results that occur from step one and step two habits of living. Read this over daily for as long as it takes for you to arrive at an overwhelming desire to proceed to.....
Make a commitment to time spent normally on the bad habit, for time spent on doing one or more of the good habits.
As soon as the thought occurs in your mind to indulge in the bad habit, you have a very short time, perhaps within just a few minutes of the recognition of its suggestion, to,
(A) remove yourself from your immediate environment, if it is a negative influence and...
(B) focus your full attention on taking action to do one of the good habits on your list.
Your success and failure ratio are greatly dependent upon your ability to perform this procedure efficiently!
Once you have taken action and are performing your good habit, realize that you have just strengthened your willpower, self esteem, and improved your standard of living.
Keep a daily progress record. An example might be a yes and no questionnaire checkmark list and/or a written diary to answers to questions you formulate about how well you are doing. Questions such as: Did I recognize the moment the first thought was suggested to my mind about indulging in my previous bad habit and did I take action immediately to do a good one?, Or possibly, Did I remind myself of the results that are possible if I keep my commitment for building good habits?
Review this progress report at the end of each day and even if you fail continuously, don't be discouraged, as the secret to success lies in your ability to keep on trying, and to recognize and appreciate even the little successes and forget the failures.
That's all there is to this simple plan for building good habits. To understand and appreciate it's value, practice is essential. To change your habits of living or shall we say, "standard of living", is hard work, as the suggestion to indulge in the harmful habits repeats itself over and over again.
Create a stronger, continuous. undiscouraged, cheerful, enthusiastic attitude for building the carefully chosen good habits of living, and sooner or later, they shall bring forth victory, especially to the persistent, dedicated individual who has made building good habits a top priority.
Everyone has habits to change. The ability to succeed primarily depends on your recognition and appreciation of your priorities in life and to how much daily effort is given to learning.....
How to destroy bad habits and build good ones.... A lifelong pursuit.
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"A Simple Plan To Destroy Bad Habits And Build Good Ones"
By: Robert Boyer