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Once you understand how to break self-destructive behavior, you'll find it is considerably easier to achieve other ambitious goals. Success often follows success. Hypnosis and Breakthrough Coaching are very powerful tools to interrupt those less than positive habits. Once you are able to break a bad habit or two, you'll have the confidence you need to achieve bigger and bolder goals.
1 . Create a new morning routine.
Our daily routines have a remarkable influence on the decisions we make throughout the day. The first step to breaking a bad habit is changing your routine in subtle but noticeable ways.
A great place to begin is by optimizing your morning routine for success. For example, you could choose to wake up earlier in the morning so that you have time to get in 15 -20 minutes of exercise and get a healthy breakfast.
2. Journal 5 minutes each morning-focusing only on gratitude and positivity. And everyone has something to be grateful for.
We can too easily become overly critical and hard on ourselves. When we start our day by writing down a few things we are grateful for each morning it immediately helps to dispel worry, anxiety and negativity. Negative emotions cannot exist when gratitude is present. This is one of the easiest ways to start feeling better. After journaling for a week or two, look back on your entries to see all the great things that you are experiencing and accomplishing you will just naturally start feeling better.
Check out this article on the benefits of Gratitude Journaling. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gratitude-journal_b_7745854
3. Share goals and visions with friends that are supportive and positive to help hold yourself accountable.
Sharing goals and progress updates with friends is an effective way to stay on track. One study found that participants in a study who shared their progress with a supportive, caring and positive network were more likely to achieve goals than those who did not share goals or progress updates. Maybe you belong to a chat room or social media pages that are supportive- the key words here POSITIVE and SUPPORTIVE, no haters or critics allowed.
5. Uncover and address the cause of bad habits.
Usually, there is an underlying reason associated with your decision to engage in destructive behavior. The best way to eliminate bad habits is to address the feelings that motivate you to take actions that are against your best interests.
You can surface these feelings in a variety of ways, including journaling and seeing a therapist, using hypnosis and breakthrough coaching. Whichever method you choose, be sure you explore your feelings in addition to eliminating the habits that have materialized as a result.
6. Learn to express yourself in new ways.
In some cases, a bad habit can be a misguided form of self-expression. Consider learning new ways of communicating with others or with yourself in order to communicate feelings that may be difficult to surface. Learning an art form like painting or singing may help you to focus your thoughts and feelings away from bad habits and toward a new hobby.
7.Use the SMART Goal formula to set a achievable and measurable goals that are realistic and supportive.
Tracking progress and keeping yourself accountable are important keys to success when trying to break a habit. By setting a reasonable and measurable goal, you can motivate yourself to achieve it and track your progress along the way.
8. Use Strategic Intervention processes that you learn in Breakthrough Coaching.
When trying to break a bad habit, it can be easy to get caught up in thoughts that produce anxiety or stress. While it's important to set aside time to be introspective, it is also important to live a life that encourages you to maintain perspective. Pattern Interrupt processes and Strategic Intervention processes can really help to stop those bad habits and self destructive patterns quickly and open the door to engaging in positive behaviours that help you achieve your goals
By taking time to develop habits that focus your attention to help give your subconscious mind positive life changing messages that support your goal, you'll find it so much easier to break habits in the long run.
9. Be open to constructive, supportive feedback.
You might consider asking those in your network that are supportive and positive to help hold you accountable. If they notice you slipping into a bad habit, ask them to share that with you.
Those who know us well are often able to recognize when we are engaging in self-destructive behavior faster than we can.
10. Try hypnosis.
American Health magazine states that 10 sessions of hypnosis and can as effective or even more effective than 300 psychotherapy sessions. According to the American Psychological Association, hypnosis can "create a highly relaxed state of inner concentration and focused attention for clients, and the technique can be tailored to different treatment methods." In other words, hypnosis is a great way for people to treat underlying anxieties or feelings that cause bad habits.
11. Experiment with meditation.
Think of meditation as another form of hypnosis. When done correctly, it can help people to achieve a state of inner calm that is otherwise difficult to attain.
Today, there are a number of free or inexpensive tools designed to teach people how to meditate. Headspace and Calmare two platforms that can help people start a meditation practice. Those who regularly practice meditation say that they are able to think more clearly, which can be especially helpful when trying to break unhealthy life choices.
12. Put electronics aside in order to make more mindful choices.
Consumer technology is often designed to distract us. In fact, some of Apple's most important investors wrote an open letter to the company asking for better oversight of phone addiction.
Technology can be so engrossing that it can be difficult to make well-considered choices. Instead, we fall back on our habits and routines. If the routine behavior is producing unwanted results, then we will make choices that continue creating an unwanted pattern without even realizing it unless we deal with the subconscious motivator.
Give yourself some scheduled space from technology each day in order to help make better-informed decisions in the long run.
13. Alter your schedule in order to force yourself to create new habits.
One way of breaking habits is by changing your routine. Another way is by dramatically changing your schedule so that you are forced to build routines and habits from scratch. Sometimes making a drastic change that significantly impacts your schedule is a good way to force yourself to build new and better habits.
But, avoid making a change without first knowing that you are capable of making better choices in the future. If you think you'll fall into bad habits once again, hold off on shaking up your schedule.
14. Forgive yourself when you fall into bad habits.
It's important that you forgive yourself when falling into a self-destructive habit. Otherwise, the self-loathing that often accompanies a bad choice can make it more likely that you'll make other bad choices in the future.
15. Steer clear of people who do not give you positive support or who trigger poor decisions/behaviors.
Those around us can have a significant impact on our feelings and decisions. If you notice that certain people cause you to make poor decisions or make you feel bad about yourself, you need to distance yourself from those individuals. Otherwise, it will be considerably harder to make healthy choices and to have a good self esteem.
Make 2022 the year that you break bad habits. Combining Hypnosis and Breakthrough Coaching creates healthy daily practices that can help you live your best life.