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15 Ways to Master the Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Life
Although these habits have kept us from achieving our goals, we often find it difficult to break free of them. Sometimes, these negative behaviors become so routine that we perform them without thinking. But over time, bad habits are bound to become obstacles , weighing us down, forcing us to acknowledge that they are not good for us. We will soon feel an urgency to break free. Warren Buffett summed this up quite well:. When we begin to feel the burden of our bad habits, we look around for a quick fix. We turn to others for direction or answers on how to get rid of them.
The secret of your success if found in your daily routine. We all have bad habits. If we do, we make excuses to hang onto them. The steps below will help you succeed. Does this sound familiar? You set your mind to do something good for yourself. You set a goal, and you plod ahead.
Few forces in our lives are as powerful as our habits. If you brush your teeth three times a day and can't imagine going to sleep without clean teeth, that's a habit that will preserve your dental health for a lifetime. If your workday ritual is coffee and a donut every morning, that's a habit that may do you some harm. Good or bad, all our habits have one element in common: Once created they're extremely hard to break. It's especially true for habits that work against our health, such as those involving caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, unhealthy foods, and exercise--or the lack thereof. There's a simple explanation, says Jenny Evans , a frequent speaker on stress and resiliency, and author of The Resiliency rEvolution.
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How habits are formed
Almost half of us will make New Year's resolutions but most of them will be broken within just six weeks. Will you be waking up on January 1 vowing to change your ways? The trick to making a long-term behaviour change is to understand how these habits are created in the first place. Neuroscientists have discovered that habit forming take place in a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. Decisions, on the other hand, are made in a different part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex. So as soon as a habit becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain goes into sleep mode. And while some habits are helpful, such as brushing your teeth, others can work against you.