“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”
We often get comfortable with our habits, even if they are not habits that are good for us. It isn't that we are too lazy to change them; only that sometimes the pain of that bad habit isn't strong enough to motivate us to "get up" and change. Actually, changing habits doesn't have to be that difficult, but is DOES require that you have the intention and motivation to stick with your decision to change and follow through. Just as you have to decide to get out of bed in the morning, you also have to decide that you want to make the change.
This week: Think about a bad habit you have wanted to change. Are you ready to make a commitment to this change? It needs to be more than a belief that "it would be nice to change," it needs to be absolutely essential for you to make the change. Think about what will happen if you don't make this change. What will happen to you and the life you want to have? What won't happen as a result of not changing this bad habit? Are there things that won't happen if you change this bad habit? What good things can happen if you make the change? Fully consider the consequences of keeping yourself stuck in this bad habit. Decide if you are really motivated to change. If not, don't pretend that you are. Acknowledge to yourself whether you are motivated to change or not. If not, what will you need to do to get motivated? Do you know what it will take to change that bad habit?
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people make the changes necessary to overcome obstacles to their success and happiness. When you have the right tools, you can change any bad habit, and it isn't even all that difficult. For more information got to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ and download free resources or call for a complimentary consultation.