Expert Reveals Effective Ways To Break Bad Habits

Many, if not all of us, have some bad habits that we like to change in ourselves. For some, it might be something as simple as biting our fingernails a lot. For others, it might be something as life-changing as losing weight, eating healthier and becoming an overall better person for it. No matter what bad habit we have to change though, recognizing it as one is the first step, and is just as valid as the others.

Unfortunately, most never get past this first step and just end up getting stuck with their bad habits. That’s not to say, however, that you didn’t try since human behavior is a complex thing and we know changing a bad habit isn’t as simple as it sounds.

Thankfully, world willpower expert Dr. Heather McKee is here to give you some tips to help break down your bad habits and make some good ones from here on forward. Here’s how you should do it, according to her:

  1. Understand your cravings – The first step is recognizing your bad habit, and then recognizing what you want to get out of it. From there, you can recognize your triggers and slowly work towards creating healthier patterns and behavior for yourself. Understand that changing a bad habit doesn’t come overnight, and that it takes time and dedication. Start with the easy ones as well, which can help give you confidence to tackle the bigger changes you need to make over time.
  2. Willpower – Per Dr. McKee, our willpower is a muscle that can overcome fatigue if you train it well. Training it is one of the first steps you need to do if you want to stick with the positive changes you’re making in your life. This helps you to stay motivated, which helps you stay on track.
  3. Choose a meaningful goal – Oftentimes, we focus on external goals to stay motivated. Per Dr. McKee, however, choosing an intrinsic goal can help motivate you since it’s a goal that really means something to you. These are also linked with your higher values, which can then make you a better person.

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