Changing Bad Habits

’Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. Benjamin Franklin

According to experts, about forty percent of our daily life is habitual action.

Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before: Mastering the Habit of Our Everyday Lives, writes, “Habit is a good servant but a bad master.” In other words, habits can help us make positive change but they can also be saboteurs of our progress.

Often, the most effective way to adopt a new habit is to replace a bad one with a better one. Diverting a river is better than damming it up. Watch for triggers that might set you back including boredom and stress.

Affirmation: I can change my habits.

Coaching questions: What bad habit would you like to change? What good habit would you like to develop? What difference will it make in your life? Is the change powerful enough to pull you through at least sixty days of developing a new path? Commit to it. You can do this!

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