Change Your Bad Habits into Good Habits One Day at a Time

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How to Change Bad Habits

Do you have any bad habits? If you’re like most people you probably have a habit or two that drives you or the people around you crazy.

It can be hard to change bad habits because they are habits. That makes them difficult to overcome.

What bad habits do you have?

Bad Habits Everyone Wants to Change

I regularly see people who want to get rid of bad habits using hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques in my San Diego office. While there are many more than these the most common ones seem to be poor eating, smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, not exercising, and nail-biting.

Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques can help with all of these but you already have the power to change your bad habits into good habits, if you want to.

If you’re struggling with bad habits here are some strategies that can help you change them into good ones on your own:

1. Take It One Step at a Time

Most bad habits can be reduced gradually.  Your goal should be to simply decrease the occurrence of the negative behavior.

As you work on gradually reducing the behavior you’ll find yourself feeling better and more in control. This can help you to eventually stop the bad habit.

2. Make Small, Achievable Shifts in Your Behavior

Instead of thinking about changing your bad habit focus on making small adjustments. For example if you typically eat more breads and carbohydrates than recommended you need to shift your eating habit.

Let’s say you eat two bowls of cereal for breakfast and two sandwiches for lunch. You want to reduce your daily carbs intake but you just keep eating the same things every day.

• All you need to do is make a small behavioral shift in your daily carb intake. Instead of eating two sandwiches for lunch eat one with extra meat, cheese and vegetables.  You’ll still have a filling lunch but you’ll reduce your bread intake by half.

What’s key is to decide what to do and then set a specific mini-goal to reduce your carb intake daily. With each success you’ll be motivated to stick with your new good habits. In this example, a daily goal to reduce the bread you eat at lunch strengthens your resolve to eat fewer carbs.

• After six weeks or so you can then set a new mini-goal to replace your second bowl of cereal with a bowl of fruit instead. Now you’ll feel even more optimistic which will enable you to tackle another mini-goal in your quest to reduce your carbs.

3. Make Time Your Friend

Time intervals can be used to control bad habits like smoking.

First, figure out how many cigarettes you smoke a day. Let’s say its 20 cigarettes. This means during the 16 hours your awake a day, you’re smoking slightly more than 1 cigarette per hour.

• Using the time method, the first day allow yourself to smoke one cigarette per hour. This means you’ll have reduced your cigarette intake by four cigarettes or 20 percent. That’s good!

If you do nothing else, by the end of the week, you’ll have smoked 28 cigarettes less than you normally do. That can be the all motivation you need to continue your path to becoming smoke-free!

• The second week, extend your time interval, let’s say from one cigarette every hour to one cigarette every 1-1/4 or 1-1/2 hours. You can continue increasing the length of time between smokes until you’re smoking only one cigarette every 4 hours. That means you are now only smoking four cigarettes a day.

• Once you’re at this point you can decide to either further reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke or to quit smoking completely. This is when you begin the one-day-at-a-time method, not smoking one day at a time.

4. Celebrate Your Successes

Every day document how well you did in a diary or on a calendar. For example, if you achieved your mini-goal, record it. After a few days of recording your achievements you’ll start to feel very good about your progress.

• If you’re trying to reduce a behavior, such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or nail-biting behaviors, you can jot down the number of times you did the negative behavior that day.

• At the end of the month use your diary or calendar information to determine if you were successful 75 percent of the time in reducing your bad habits. If you were successful celebrate by giving yourself a reward of some type. This reward should be in sync with your overall goal and big enough to strengthen your future resolve to break your bad habits.

• For example you could enjoy an afternoon of fishing, playing tennis or bowling. Maybe just purchasing something small like a new nail polish or set of golf balls will give you the boost you need.

You Can Change Your Bad Habits into Good Habits

No matter what your bad habits are you can change them into good habits using these one-day-at-a-time methods. Why not start by on one bad habit today?


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art, and combines them into one powerful system that you can use to alter your thinking patterns that allow you to make quick and lasting shifts in your behavior and, as a result, changing your bad habits into good habits.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques for changing bad habits into good habits.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations in using NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as using meditation techniques from Qigong for changing bad habits into good habits.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques for changing your bad habits into good habits, then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan.

In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to achieve and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to achieve those goals.