Everybody has experienced the frustration and feelings of helplessness that comes with having bad habits. When you are doing something you know is bad for you, but you do it anyway, it can cause a psychic hurt that can affect your self-esteem (“I must be a bad person because I always (Insert Bad Habit Here”).
But at the same time, bad habits can always be overcome, as long as you are persistent and apply the right strategies, which will be outlined in detail in this guide.
Every bad habit can be damaging to your physical and/or mental health, but some are more serious than others. While biting your fingernails may not be sanitary or particularly healthy, it probably isn’t going to kill you the way shooting heroin or eating fast food every day eventually will.
Making bad choices almost always leads to making more bad choices. Even the most innocuous poor decision can sometimes lead to a downward spiral that leaves you wondering what just happened. Even the smallest of bad habits can have a profound negative effect on the rest of your life.
Cheating on your taxes, for example, can lead to “rounding up” on your hourly timesheet, which can lead to “borrowing” from your company’s petty cash fund, which can lead to changing the books so that additional funds are diverted into your private accounts. You’ve graduated from a tax cheat into an embezzler!
The Will to Choose
You always have a choice, however. Even the most degenerate, emaciated, drug-addled street junkie or someone 400 lbs overweight with diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure can make the decision to turn their life around. That’s one of the gifts of being a rational, thinking human.
Thanks to our ability to reason, only humans have the ability to end bad habits and convert them into good ones. And it’s never, ever too late. All it requires is the will to choose and being brave enough to make positive changes in your life. That’s the hard part. As you will soon see, the rest is easy.
Once you cross the Rubicon and decide to affect positive change in your life, all you need to do is to follow the process laid out in this guide and you can achieve your goals within whatever timeline you choose.
Goal setting is when you apply realistic expectations to your desired outcome. In the post “The Game Plan”, you are going to learn how to develop practical, concrete goals that you can follow every step of the way that ultimately lead to good habits and a better, happier and healthier life.