To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Every year, people spend thousands of hours and money trying to get out of bad behaviour patterns, but the vast majority fail. why?
Deal with your Bad Habits
Because there is no magic solution. Breaking bad habits is usually hard work and there are no shortcuts. To effectively change a bad habit, you must first recognize that it exists and then make a conscious decision to overcome it.
Pain vs gain
The most important exercise to begin the process of breaking bad habits is to understand what the outcome is and what the cost is.
Types of Bad Habits
Let’s look at the few different types of bad habits am able to come up with today;
Grinding your teeth
Littering (really, stop littering)
Borrowing and not returning items
Finishing people’s sentences
Leaving the toilet seat up
Licking your fingers
Losing your temper
Annoying people on purpose
Spending too much time online
Breaking promises to yourself
Forgetting what you’ve told someone
Forgetting names of people you meet
Slouching while walking
Letting fear stop you from trying something new
Sitting too close to the t.v
Arranging instead of cleaning
All work and no play
Saying “Ummm” and “ah”
Staying up late
Eating too fast / not chewing
Not protecting yourself from the sun
Not brushing your teeth
Picking your nose
Watching reality television
Eating fast food
Alcohol (if you think you may be an alcoholic, please get help)
Obsessive with social media
Speaking with your mouth full
Talking to yourself
Picking your teeth in public
Forgetting to shave
Going to the club
Using your maiden name
I will stop here now but you are free to add more in the comment box below…go ahead right away.
Tips on breaking bad habits
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
First is to have an Action plan example listed below;
1. Confirm your belief
If you don’t count the price paid for repeating a bad habit, chances are you won’t give up.
Be honest with yourself and think not only about how the habit affects your life but also how it affects the people around you.
Make the decisive choice to become a better person by breaking repetitive behaviours.
2. Focus on the benefits
Make a list of all the positive changes that will occur after you break the habit. Improved health factors, the ability to improve your personal relationships, or emotional benefits.
Refer to this list whenever you think your decision is being threatened.
3. Make a Law for you
The time to start a new behaviour is now. The correct opportunity will NOT determine itself, a few days later or at the start of a new week.
As soon as you decide to change a bad habit, immediately set up an action plan.
4. Stay focused
Bad habits can take years to turn into subconscious behaviour.
It is unrealistic to expect that after a month or two of changing your behaviour patterns, these bad habits will be completely eliminated.
New habits can change your life.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Remember that it is easy to recover old and worn out behaviour.
When you feel your decision is waning, remember the journey you took to get to where you are now and focus on all the positive changes you have made.
Remember that bad habits are difficult to break, but new habits can change your life.
Breaking bad habits could be this easy anyway. Let me the bad habit you are struggling with immediately or trying to control. We can work out something together you know…believe me.
Start transforming your life today to make it even more effective and enjoy a more balanced life. Remember Jesus loves you affectionately.