Why do so many of us struggle to eliminate a bad habit? We passionately decide to give up sugar, then a friend offers to buy a treat at Starbucks, and there goes that healthy decision, right out the window. It’s a constant battle, isn’t it?
Inside we are fighting to control those unhealthy habits, or we end up beating ourselves up for giving in to them.
So, what can we do? Understanding how we form habits is a great place to start.
What we repeatedly think, feel, and do become habits. During these events, we are forming neural connections in the brain that get stronger and become automatic and habitual with repetition.
Our unconscious mind runs our habits. The act of driving your car, taking a shower, and brushing your teeth are examples of habits that are run by our unconscious mind. Allowing yourself to feel inferior consistently or not good enough can also become a habit.
By the way, we are rarely successful when using will power alone to break a habit. It can be like pushing a cement truck up a hill – near impossible.
So, how do we eliminate an unwanted habit?
Combining activities that address both areas of the brain will help you create the success you desire, and it will be easier than you ever thought possible. Here’s how.
The most effective way to break an unwanted habit is to address it in both the conscious and the unconscious part of the mind. In doing this, we want to break the associations and eliminate the comfort and familiarity in performing the habit.
The first thing to do is to begin to break down the associations we have with performing the habit. Associations are those experiences we attach to the habit. For example, with smokers, an association might be the feel of the cigarette in their hand, where they stand while smoking or the look of the cigarette pack.
For those who overeat, an association might be the taste of the chocolate donut, the look of the chips or pastry, or curling up in your favorite chair while eating that big bowl of ice cream. It may be the feel and look of your favorite candy, for example.
Addressing the unconscious attachment, associations, and belief systems associated with the habit through hypnotherapy will help you transform the way you think and feel about yourself and significantly improve your success rate. Also, receiving accountability and support from a support group can be beneficial as well.
1. Write down a habit you want to eliminate.
2. List the associations attached to the habit (include what you see, hear, feel, taste and smell related to those attachments)
3. List alternative behaviors you will engage in, such as taking a pause, breathing technique, positive self-talk, redirecting, firing an anchor, circle of excellence, etc.
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