Changing Bad Habits into Good Habits

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You can Change Your Bad Habits into Good Ones!

Many clients come to me looking for ways to use Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques and hypnosis to help them get rid of their bad habits. In fact, almost every one of the clients who come to my San Diego office wants help in changing their bad habits into good ones.

Living with Bad Habits

There are a myriad of bad habits people come to my San Diego office to work on with hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques, smoking, overeating, lacking confidence or even reacting nervously in certain situations.

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The problem with bad habits is they directly affect your life negatively.

So why don’t people just choose to change their habits and get on with their lives?

It’s because changing bad habits does not come about from thoughtful, logical choices. These behaviors are anchored deep in your subconscious mind. They happen automatically, making it difficult, almost impossible to logically change these unwanted behaviors.

That’s why changing bad habits require a multi-facet approach.

You Need to Involve Your Conscious and Subconscious Minds

While hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques are very powerful in helping you shift your subconscious thinking, you also need conscious reinforcement to make permanent behavioral changes.

These suggestions are designed to help your conscious mind change your bad habits into good ones: 

1. Keep in mind that habit changing takes time

Most change gurus will tell you that when it comes to changing bad habits it takes anywhere from 15 days to a month. Since this is an inexact science use the worse case scenario and give it a month.

Changing bad habits into good ones can, and most often do take time. In 30 days you can eliminate a bad habit and replace it with a new, positive habit.

Give your habit changing effort a month. If you fall back into your old habit after a month, you probably need a different strategy.

2. Substitute a Good Habit for Your Bad One

Habits don’t exist in a void. It’s almost impossible to just drop a bad habit and not replace it. That’s why many times smokers will start overeating after they quit smoking.

That’s why when you’re changing bad habits you need to replace it with a good one.

Your bad habit has a benefit, at least to your subconscious mind.  Try to figure out what your bad habit gives you and then replace it with a habit that gives you a similar benefit.

If you don’t replace the benefit you’ll be in for a continuous struggle.

3. Work on Changing One Bad habit at a Time

When it comes to changing bad habits it’s best to only deal with one challenge at a time.

For example, instead of trying to overhaul your eating, smoking and procrastination habits all at once, pick bad habit and work on it a for a month. After a month of successfully substituting your new, good habit, add another one.

When it comes to changing bad habits, don’t be in a rush. Instead, consider how it would affect you if you could just change your 4 worst habits.

Using this process you’re only talking about 4 months. Compared to the time you’ve had these habits, that’s pretty darn quick.

4. Use the Scientific Approach

Scientists look at a problem form the outside. So should you.

If you’ll approach the process like a scientist you can limit or even eliminate the emotional struggle.

Adopt an attitude of wondering how the habit can be replaced. Hypothesize on how it might turn out. By having the perspective of conducting an experiment you can remove the drama and bias.

5. Eliminate Your Triggers


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Triggers are those things you associate with your bad habit. In changing bad habits you need to remove your triggers.

For example, if you overeat late at night, remove the junk food and go to bed earlier or if you smoke, get rid of your ashtrays and stay away from the places where you like to smoke.

Habits happen automatically, and don’t have a lot of thought behind them.  By removing your triggers you’re putting yourself out of harm’s way.

6. Be Kind to Yourself When You Backslide

Habits can be tough to change. That’s why they’re habits, they happen automatically.

If you backslide, don’t be too hard on yourself. Set the reset button and start over again.

It might take a few tries to get your new, positive habit to stick. Sue the feedback you’ll get during the process to adjust your approach and keep on going.

7. Make a Schedule

In order to change a habit you need to be consistent. This means you need to put your new habits in your daily schedule.

For example, if you’ve decided to start exercising, schedule it at the same time each day. This doesn’t mean you have to exercise for an hour each day, it just means you will exercise at the same time each day.

This reinforces your new habit much better than trying to exercise 3 times a week.

Try to do your replacement habit daily.

8. Place Reminders Where You Can See Them

Changing bad habits into good ones takes reinforcement so set up reminders to get you on track.

New habits can be easy to forget. So if you’ve decided that you’re going to start exercising every day, put up an exercise schedule on your refrigerator where you’ll see it every day. If you’ve decide you’re going to floss, leave the dental floss out where you can see it.

9. Involve Your Friends

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When it comes to changing bad habits into good ones, friends can be very helpful.

Let your friends know your intentions and that you want their help. That way they’ll say something if they see you ordering a hot fudge sundae or if you pull out a cigarette on your lunch breaks.

Changing habits aren’t done in a vacuum, get all the help you can.

10. Remember What it Will Cost You Not to Change

We only change for one of two reasons, to eliminate pain or to gain pleasure.

So remember the pain. You’re trying to quit smoking think about how it’s hurting your breathing or giving you a smoker’s cough. If you’re overeating think about how poorly your clothes fit or how hard it has become to climb a flight of stairs.

Every day, remind yourself what it will mean if you don’t stop indulging in your bad habit. Visualize the likely outcome.

11. Focus on the Prize

Keep in mind you only change for one of two reasons, to eliminate pain or to gain pleasure.

So, in addition to remembering what your habit costs you, you need to focus on the prize, what you’ll get out of changing your bad habits into good ones.

Every day, ask yourself what it will mean if you eliminate or replace your bad habit. How will you feel as your lungs grow clearer? What will it be like when you look into the mirror and see your new, slimmer figure?

Visualize the likely outcome of this scenario.

Changing Bad Habits is Worth it!

Bad habits can really put the brakes on your progress and, as in the case of smoking and overeating; they can cost you your health and even your life.

The good news is changing bad habits into good ones is really possible.

With time and perseverance, the tips in this article can help you change your habits into good ones.

Use this knowledge to take back control of your life. You’re worth it!


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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 hypnotherapy (hypnosis), NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and your behavior.

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 in methods for changing bad habits into good ones and 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 the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong for changing bad habits into positive ones.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques for changing bad habits into good ones 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.