Now that you know my resolutions for the New Year, I don’t have any other choice but to write this post. To get my resolutions done by the end of 2014, I will have to first get rid of some bad habits I drag behind me like a ghost in its chains.

But what are bad habits?

They are habits that are not good for us. We know the obvious ones:

  • Overeating, snacking, and eating junk food
  • Watching too much TV
  • Spending too much time surfing the Internet
  • Talking too much on the phone
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Biting your nails
  • Searching in your nostrils while waiting at red lights

But, we don’t often realize that we have other bad habits less noticeable like:

  • Being a perfectionist
  • Being afraid of what others think
  • Needing certainty
  • Comparing ourselves with others
  • Putting ourselves down
  • Self-doubting
  • Being in control all the times
  • Being afraid to not be up to

I am sure you know all too well at least one of them, don’t you?

To clear out our bad habits, we can use these tips:

  • First, we need to admit that we have a bad habit.
    If we refuse to see it as it is, we can do nothing about it.
  • We can start by setting realistic changes in our habits. We may have trouble to change our habits, so maybe it is easier to change where or how we do it.
    For example, if we like to eat while watching the TV, we can change the place we sit in,  hide the tray we put the food in, try eating before sitting in front of the screen. We can write our goal on a sticky note and put it on the fridge.
  • To give us a goal, we can imagine ourselves without this habit .
    What would your life be without saying yes to everybody? I can hear you say: “Gosh, I will have so much time to read a book, relax, or take care of myself!”
  • We put obstacles to our habits.
    The chocolate moves on the top shelf behind the quinoa.
  • And the winner is!
    After trying so hard, we can give ourselves a reward!
    With the money for the cigarettes, take a trip to the movie theater. When we avoid saying to ourselves  “I am so stupid!” then we can give ourselves a present.  Or, on a visible spot, we can put a picture of a cruise, or anything that we drool over, so we can keep our eyes on the prize all the time.
  • Ask for help. There is no shame in realizing that we are a human  with human weaknesses, and we cannot always succeed alone.

Stay tuned on the Buoy Blog, we will give you one of the solutions that is available for you.

Florence
Buoy Blogger

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