Trading a Bad Habit for a Good One

Good habit“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”Benjamin Franklin

One of the things I help my San Diego clients do regularly is quit smoking. People come to me because hypnosis is a very effective method of helping people quit smoking.

But bad habits include more than smoking.

In fact, nearly everyone has a bad habit or two they would like to get rid. Whether you smoke, bite your nails, overeat, or do any of a host of other embarrassing or unhealthy behaviors it may be easier to change a bad habit into a good habit than you imagine.

It will take a little perseverance, willpower, and determination but rest assured you can be free from that nasty little habit for good.

Here are Seven Strategies to Trade a bad Habit for a Good One:

1. Decide what you want and commit to it.

In order to exchange a bad habit for a good habit you need to make sure it’s something you truly want to accomplish.

Trading habits is more than “talking the talk”. In order to adopt that brand new good habit you’ll need to back up your talk by “walking the walk”.

Be honest with yourself. Do you truly believe that this is the right time to kick your bad habit? If it is, go for it, if not you need to think more about your reasons.

2. You have to change for your own reasons.

If you’re like most people you won’t change for somebody else.

One of the things I ask every smoker who calls me wanting to quit smoking is “Why do you want to quit smoking?”

If they tell me “My wife, husband, doctor, etc. wants me to quit” I tell them, “Call me back when you want to quit smoking. I’ll be able to help you then.”

No matter what bad habit you want to trade for a good one, make sure it’s something you want to do.  Search your soul and be certain you’re doing this for only one person – you!

3. Keep track of your bad habit.  

Start a journal and jot down every time you practice your bad habit. You’re not doing this as a punishment, but rather to give you more of an idea when your bad habit is rearing its ugly head.

Another reason to journal is this is how you can figure out a good habit to replace it.

Journal any thoughts and feelings that precede or accompany the behavior you’re trying to change. This can give you an idea if you’re doing this when you’re under stress, bored, tired, etc.

While this might seem time consuming, recording these thoughts and actions can be an excellent tool to speed up the process of trading your bad habit for a good one.

4. Choose an alternative behavior, a good habit to replace the bad one.

This new behavior can either remind you of why you want to quit or it can be a permanent replacement of your undesirable behavior.

For example, some people use aversion therapy to quit smoking.  One method of this is putting a rubber band on your wrist. Every time you have the urge to light up a cigarette snap the rubber band instead. This can be temporary but effective way to remind you not to smoke.

You can also replace the bad habit. Some more ideas are to take a walk, read a book, sing a song, or cook. You don’t want to replace one bad habit with another bad one, so choose a positive activity as your alternative behavior.

5. Begin using your good replacement habit right away.

In order for any habit to take hold you need to start it. So don’t put it off, start immediately replacing your bad habit with your new good alternative.

Depending on what good habit you want to adopt you may make a gradual shift.

For example, if  the new habit you’d like to adopt is exercising you may want to start with a 30 minute program 3 times a week, then maybe 45 minutes, then an hour, and then an hour 4 or 5 times a week until you’re consistently practicing your new alternative habit instead of the bad habit.

6. Be patient.

Habit trading isn’t an overnight process so practice patience. Everyone adopts different habits at a different pace.

Don’t be discouraged if your best friend stopped smoking cold turkey and you’re on you’re still craving a cigarette after five weeks.

The key is to persist.

7. Share your desire to trade your habits with others.

Don’t keep your desire to adopt a new good habit a secret. Once you’ve made the decision to trade a bad habit for a good habit, tell others.

This is the time when you need the support of your family and friends to help you be successful.

That’s why it’s so important to share this process and what you hope to accomplish with your family and friends. The people who love you will encourage you, offer you support, and help you however they can.

Start Today!

In order for you to trade that bad habit for a good one you have to start, so why not start today? Whether you succeed right away or not, just starting means you’ve taken a major leap in a positive direction.

Trading a bad habit for a good habit can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. Use these 7 strategies to change a bad habit into a good one to make your journey easier.

Then when you’ve succeeded, celebrate your accomplishment – you deserve 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 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 build your self confidence and make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking, your behavior and, as a result, your life.

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 habits and live 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 gain self confidence.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to change a bad habit into a good habit 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