“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Habits. We’ve all got them. Some help you on your way to achieving your goals yet other habits eventually hold you back from getting what you want. Bad habits, over time can lead you astray and create more stress in your life.

The good news is that habits are learned. We weren’t born with them. It all boils down to the choices you make each day. With a little perseverance and focus, you can be free from those bad habits. Your everyday choices are the key to success.

Are you on automatic pilot?

Many of our daily decisions are things we do without thinking. You go on autopilot each morning from taking a shower to brushing your teeth. Sometimes choices we make without thinking about them can develop habits that stray from your goals. It might be as innocent as grabbing that bag of chips without thinking about your health goal. Or maybe you ignore your spending habits when you are in financial trouble.

Denial can truly contribute to stress and create bigger problems in your life. The key is being consciously aware of daily choices that block what you really want. It’s time to get clear about your  choices and to stop walking through life in a fog.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

So, you are clear that you’ve got some habits to shift. Here are three tips to create habits that will help, not hurt you:

1.    Pick one habit to change. One of the ways to have an epic fail is try to kick several habits at once. This is a surefire recipe to resort back to those old habits that just weren’t working in the first place. Start by committing to one small change. Maybe it’s as simple as choosing to have a healthy breakfast every day this week.

2.    Get clear about why. Journal and write down why you want to change a habit. Keep your reasons in your purse and wallet. The moment you want to return to your old habits, pull out your why list. Your reasons for wanting to change keep you on track for success.

3.    Don’t keep this a secret. If you’ve made the decision to break a habit, tell others. This is the time when you need the support of your family and friends to help you be successful. It’s so important to share what you hope to accomplish with family and friends. Those who love you will be there to encourage you, offer support, and help you wherever they can.

Breaking a bad habit can be a challenge, but it isn’t impossible. It will significantly help to reduce your stress level. Use these techniques to make your journey easier and celebrate your accomplishment when you’ve succeeded – you deserve it!

What new habit would you like to create in your life? Tell me all about it in the comment section below.

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