It is easy to acquire bad habits but it is difficult to eliminate them. Defeating your bad habits means fighting your own self. Oftentimes, your own self can be your worst enemy. There are several ways to help you get rid of your bad habits. Remember however that this cannot be done overnight.
Have the Perseverance to Overcome your Bad Habits
“The mind is willing but the flesh is weak.” This verse from the New Testament of the Bible aptly describes how weak the willpower of people can be. You often feel frustrated when trying to eliminate your bad habits. It is not unusual to slide back into them from time to time. Try to persevere and stick to your goal of eliminating them no matter how many times you slide back. Your desire to conquer your habits must come from a sincere heart. Use positive affirmations to condition your mind and heart that you can do it. Oftentimes a spiritual renewal can help you to combat your bad habits. When you are spiritually healthy, you become more determined to live a more acceptable and righteous life.
Be Fearful of the Negative Consequences
Sometimes fear can be an effective factor in eliminating the bad things in a person’s life. You should be fearful of the negative consequences of your bad habit. Your health, finances and your relationship with your loved ones often suffer or destroyed because of them.
Keep Yourself Busy
It is said that an idle mind is the workshop of the devil. Keep busy with worthwhile activities to distract yourself from your bad habits. Do something which you find productive and enjoyable. Remind yourself that time is a gift which should not be wasted on stupid things. Try to be the best person that you can be by engaging only in activities that are beneficial to your body and your spirit.
Avoid Bad Influences
“Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are,” so goes an old wise saying. A person usually picks up his bad habits from bad companions. You should avoid people who are in the same bad habits that you are trying to eliminate. You should also refrain from going to places and events which promote these bad habits. Instead, find friends who are supportive of your goal to change into a better person.
Remember that you are the one responsible for eliminating your bad habits. Even the closest person in your life is incapable of helping you get rid of them without true commitment on your part.
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