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The psychological benefits of breaking bad habits April 7, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development, Self-Discipline.
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Whatever the bad habit you want to reduce or eliminate, there will be psychological benefits within your personal growth program in addition to the positive outcomes of removing the habit itself.

By managing or eliminating a bad habit you will often gain:

Self-confidence
Self esteem
Self-empowerment
Self-awareness

The greater the hold the habit has on you and the greater the harm you perceive the habit does to you, the greater will be the psychological rewards in gaining mastery over it.

This is particularly true with the truly difficult-to-break addictive habits, such as those related to drugs (including alcohol tobacco), over-eating (fat and sugar) and other addictive forms of self-abuse.

Three suggestions:

(1) Tackle only one habit at a time; trying to beat too many at once can lead to discouragement and failure
(2) When possible or appropriate, substitute a new “good” habit for the “bad” discarded habit
(3) Take a step-by-step approach (in most cases) and tackle the habit by a process of reduction, with elimination as the final destination.

Thought for today

Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
– Eric Hoffer

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