How to Break Bad Habits and Addictions Without Using Willpower

How To Break Bad Habits

Success, happiness and good health often eludes us not because we lack good habits but because we have bad habits. Sometimes they are habits like procrastination or mindless spending. But at other times they can be addictions like smoking and gambling.

Knowing how our bad habits negatively influences our lives is rarely enough to break them. For example, all smokers are aware of the health consequences of smoking. Diseased lungs are displayed prominently in every cigarette pack. There would be no smokers in the world today, if that worked.

This fails to work because we don’t do our bad habits for the reasons we should not do them. No smoker has ever smoked a cigarette to get cancer. Students don’t procrastinate to fail. So in order to break our bad habits, we must first remove the reason why we do them. In other words, we need to eliminate the desire to do the habit.

Once the desire is gone, it takes no willpower to break bad habits, just as it doesn’t take willpower to not do things we have no desire to do. It doesn’t take much effort to stop yourself from eating live frogs, because you have no desire to do it. Breaking your bad habits can be just as effortless. You just need the right belief and the right system.

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How To Form A Habit To Pursue Your Goals On Autopilot

How To Form A Habit

Learning how to form a habit, will help you build the life you desire in autopilot. Your life is nothing but a sum of the things you have repeatedly done and thought about in the past. These choices might feel like well-considered decisions, but according to a paper published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, more than 45 percent of our actions were not actual decisions but were instead habits. 1  A habit is a behavior which becomes so automatic over a period that it requires no thought, energy or effort to do it. Learning how to form a habit will let you shape your life without thinking about it.

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