It is imperative to break all bad habits that lead to standing still. — Ron Hequet
Years ago, I would eat a dish of ice cream almost every night, often with chocolate syrup. I rationalized that since it was the “lite” variety, it was okay. But, when I combined that with other eating and drinking habits in the evening, I eventually ballooned to a 38” waist.
Research shows that it takes only three or four weeks for an activity to become a habit. I had been doing this for a few years.
Unfortunately, no one is completely free from bad habits. We pay that price for being human. However, there is a starting point for change.
If you want to take control of your bad habits, begin with these five suggestions.
1. Stop Rationalizing
Don’t make comments like, “Oh, that’s just me. I’ve always been like that.” Rationalizing in this way is simply willful defiance against your commitment to change. It’s unproductive and diminishes your conviction to become a better you.
2. Apply a Strategy and a Tactic
You’ve probably heard the expression, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time.” Therefore, approach your target with a rifle, not a shotgun. Choose a plan that focuses your efforts on a specific goal, instead of scattering them in all directions. Consequently, you’ll achieve better results when you take on one bad habit at a time. It’s never a good idea to tackle them all at once.
3. Be Realistic
Your resolve to make permanent change won’t be easy. Since you didn’t gain 30 pounds overnight, don’t expect the extra weight to dissolve overnight. Most of all, understand that you will have setbacks. Still, occasional stumbles are better than habitual slavery.
4. Stay Encouraged
Realize that you’re on the road to ultimate triumph…maybe for the first time in years! Remember the difference between try and triumph is a little “umph.” Self-control helps stimulate an attitude of persistence. Therefore, you’ll see results if you don’t give up.
5. Start Today
To put off change is an admission of defeat. Delay will only prolong and intensify the battle for self-control. Take it one day at a time. Tackle one piece of the problem at a time. Attack one bad habit at a time.
By the way, my waist is now 34. I’m on my way to 33.
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