4 Things You Need to Consider to Change a Bad Habit

Replace a Bad Habit with a Good One

Our success depends on our daily habits. Before we start succeeding, we must explore our habits and change the ones that don’t serve us.


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My father used to tell me that lazy people are lazy because they have mastered the habits of laziness. They have the ability to find excuses to use for doing nothing.

On the other hand, busy people are busy because they have mastered the habits of being busy. They will find something to make them active all the time. Lazy or busy, they both have their consequences.

In short, if you want to be successful; learn the habits that help you become successful. The good news is that habits are changeable, we can learn and change them as well go.

Before you jump in and try to change a bad habit, understand that there are necessary steps that can guide you through the process.

Discover the Bad Habit

Ordinarily, before you start changing a habit, categorize it into bad or good. Sadly, numerous people will label a bad habit as a good.  Sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate between bad and good habits altogether.

Explore the habit to see if it best serves you or not. If it does not add any value to your life, it is a bad habit. If it adds value to your life, then it is a good one to keep.

Find a Good Replacement

Now that you have separated your bad and good habits, what next? A good number of people will try to get rid of the bad habit. Will it work for them? In most cases, it might not work, and they may start to get frustrated.

Instead of trying to get rid of the bad habit, find a good one to replace it. For example, you can replace watching TV for long hours with reading articles that may help you. No matter what the bad habit may be, try to find a suitable replacement.

Schedule Time for the Change Activity

Like anything else, if you don’t schedule time to do it, it won’t be done. To replace a bad habit, you must schedule a time to tackle it every day . Once you have a schedule, stick to the time you’ve scheduled.

You may find it difficult to change the habit. Start by planning at least ten minutes a day to tackle it. Ten minutes may seem too little but may help you to keep the momentum until you master it.

Monitor Your Progress

Equally important, once you kick off your task; keep a record of your progress. You can start by keeping the number of minutes you spend on the activity. It will motivate you to keep on moving forward. 

I’d also encourage you to keep your tracking method visible. If you don’t see it, you won’t get to it. To avoid procrastination, keep your progress in front of you. It will keep you moving every time you look at it.

Question: Can you give me one more method you used to change a bad habit? 

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