30 Days to Change Bad Habits into Good Habits

change bad habits“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.”Stephen Covey

When clients come to my San Diego office they often want to use hypnosis and NLP to change bad habits into good ones. These can be unhealthy habits such as overeating or smoking or just irritating habits like nail biting.

While irritating habits can be annoying and sometimes painful, unhealthy habits negatively impact your physical and mental health. In the case of smoking or overeating they can leave you feeling as if you don’t have any control.

How to Change Bad Habits into Good Ones in 30 Days

While changing a bad habit can be extremely challenging, having a plan makes it easier.

Use this 6 step plan for 30 days to eliminate any bad habit:

1. Keep track of your bad habit for a week in a notebook or journal.

Note the times you engage in the bad habit. You may find that you only smoke around certain friends or after going certain places. Maybe you bite your nails right after your boss comes to talk with you or when you watch the news on the TV.

Identify what triggers your bad habit and causes it to rear its ugly head.

2. Try to figure out the why behind your bad habit.

All habits satisfy some need. There has to be a benefit or you wouldn’t be exhibiting the behavior at all.

What you’ll find is that your bad habits have often outlived their need. Now they have become – well – bad habits. Often once you understand the why behind your bad habit you can begin to change it.

For example, you might find that you reach for food because you’re stressed out right after talking with your ex about your kids or your boss about a certain task. Write “stress” down in your notebook or journal next to your behavior.

3. Do something to take the place of the bad habit.

Habits don’t just go away. In order for you to change bad habits you need to develop substitute behaviors.  You need to find a positive alternative that helps to satisfy the same need that was being met by the old bad habit.

When dealing with unhealthy behaviors, ask yourself, “What behaviors could I choose to do instead?  What can I do that would be healthy for me?”

Immediately begin substituting your new healthy behavior for your old one. What you’ll find is, at first, it’s going to take a fair amount of attention, but within a week or so you’ll begin to intentionally substitute the new behavior for your old one.

For example, if your habit of reaching for food has been helping you to deal with stress, what could be some healthy alternatives? Taking a Yoga class or some other exercise? Practicing deep breathing? Meditating? Watching a comedy? Talking to a friend on the phone?

4. Keep track of how you’re doing.

One of the things I teach my weight loss clients is if you don’t know where you are, how will you know if you’re moving forward or backward?

Keep track of how many times you are engaging in your old habit in comparison to your new habit. Write it down in your journal. Keeping track gives you feedback.

Note: You won’t know how you’re progressing unless you write it down.

5. Remember that changing bad habits into good ones can take time.

Slips can and often will happen. Just don’t be upset with yourself when the inevitable slip occurs.

Changing bad habits will take time so be patient with yourself. Acknowledge when you slip, examine the situation dispassionately and determine a better solution for the next time.

Let it go and renew your determination to adopt your new habit.  Keep in mind that you still gain a lot by decreasing the frequency of your old bad habit.

6. Take it one day at a time.

A good idea is to focus on having one perfect day today. The idea of one day without the habit may seem a lot more reasonable – and doable – to you. In the beginning a string of perfect days is a lot easier than trying to be perfect for a week or a month.

Note: For tough habits, such as if you want to quit smoking, a perfect hour might work out better than a day.

It’s Time to Put the Process to Work!

No amount of information can change a habit. It takes action. So now that you’re armed with this process, take the action you need to start changing that bad habit today.

Then in 30 days your new, healthier habit will be a part of your routine. You’ll begin using it without any conscious effort.

Changing bad habits into good habits can be challenging, but just imagine the wonderful feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you do!


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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 can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking, your behavior and, as a result, your 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 in both their business and personal lives to change bad habits into good ones and build the life of their dreams.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as meditation techniques from Qigong to change bad habits into good ones.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to change 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.