Breaking The Habit Introduction
“Bad” Habits vs. “Good” Habits
So how does one define a “bad” habit, and what qualities separate those from “good” habits? In most cases, the distinction is obvious. A habit is a “bad” habit if:
- It is destructive, harmful or poses a short or long-term danger to you or somebody else.
- It negatively impacts your self-esteem, the way others view you, and your overall reputation as a good or bad person.
- Is a pattern of undesirable behavior acquired through frequent repetition.
Usually, bad habits begin innocently. I smoked my first cigarette because my college roommate smoked and I was curious about what it tasted and felt like. But bad habits have a tendency to quickly snowball.
A single bad habit can act as a magnet to others. People who smoke often tend to drink. People who drink sometimes use profanity or are rude to other people. People who are rude and profanity might hang out at casinos or horse-racing tracks. People who gamble may be more likely to frequent prostitutes or take drugs. Soon, something that started out as a quirk or a
one-off has escalated into a lifestyle that is self-destructive, damages your reputation and ultimately can ruin your career, your family life, your health and even end your life.
Examples of Bad Habits
Practically any habit that can be considered “good” can have a “bad” counterpart:
- Destructive personal habits like smoking, drinking and abusing drugs
- Overeating or not living a healthy lifestyle
- Making poor financial decisions
- Being addicted to sex or pornography
- Failing to live in a positive manner/Taking a negative view of your world
In short, anything that interferes with your ability to live a happy and healthy life can be considered a bad habit.
When Is a Habit Really An Addiction?
People who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling or other self-destructive behavior frequently point to the physical and psychological addiction that prevents them from overcoming their bad habits.
But you don’t need to have a chemical or psychological dependency to have an addiction. Addiction is defined as “The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice ….to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.”
So, in fact, any bad habit is an addiction because it enslaves us, preventing us from achieving our highest potential. Make no mistake: There will be consequences for reversing any bad habit. Yet these are nothing to fear. Pain is temporary; quitting lasts forever. So, how do you
Our Need for Habitual Behavior, Habits and Beliefs
Habits are not only useful, but we actually rely on our routines to function in our daily lives. Physiologists tell us that of the 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes about 40. So our brains use the rote familiarity of habits so that we can focus on other “higher value” activities.
Things like walking, chewing our food, and talking don’t require the kind of mental focus that solving math problems or playing video games do. These activities we take for granted are actually habits we have developed that are performed without conscious intent.
Social habits work the same way. Most people will take a shower at the same time every day or always drive the same route to work. These habits are performed essentially without conscious thought. Negative habits – like overeating, smoking or driving too fast – work the same way. We rarely think about these things, even when they are putting us in danger or damaging our health or well-being.
From: Breaking The Habit: How To Develop Good Habits For Success. Buy The FULL Ebook, HERE>>>.