Welcome to the 19th episode of the Let’s Reach Success podcast. Hope you’re doing great because it’s time to kick some old behaviors. That’s what today’s show is all about – how to break bad habits.
I just published a book on the topic called How to Break Any Bad Habit and I’ll use some points I’ve made in it. I’ve been experimenting with and working on some bad habits lately, so I’ve been writing about it more too as a result. And I decided to combine all that knowledge and turn it into an actionable eBook with some practical advice.
So, let’s talk about habits.
- Why habits matter so much? [2:15]
- Are habits more important than goals [3:43]
- How habit forming and breaking work [6:27]
- What’s the habit loop (+ its 3 elements) [7:09]
- A mistake I made when trying to change my habits [8:00]
- Why incremental change is the way to go [8:52]
- What’s the 1 thing that gives the most results [9:53]
- How to prevent failure when trying to break bad habits [11:24]
- Keystone habits
- Instead of Goals or Resolutions, Try Creating Rules (Leo Babauta’s post)
- Your Goals are Overrated (Mark Manson’s post)
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- The habit loop
Why Habits Matter
Habits are the basis of your success.
They are what we repeatedly do. We already have many of them, and if we don’t realize that, then they’re mostly bad ones we do on autopilot.
If we lack success, that’s the reason.
Taking control of your habits is the only way to take control of your life.
Self-control is a great skill to master but few have succeeded in that.
There is, however, a simpler way to take back control of your behavior, time, health, and everything else that you can control. That can happen by changing your habits.
One good habit leads to other positive changes in your life.
There are some keystone habits that are so great and worth developing, that they go together with other smaller but still powerful habits which don’t require any effort.
Every successful person you’ve ever heard of has learned how to break bad habits and build better ones.
It starts with the realization that you need to make permanent changes in your behavior. Then comes the self-analysis and seeing what’s wrong, doing your research and deciding where to start.
Once you choose your first habit and make a plan, there you go. You do your best to dedicate time to it daily, even if it’s 30 seconds. That applies to both building a new one and kicking a bad one.
Habits vs. Goals
When people fail to achieve a goal, the exact reason why that happened is rarely clear. So it is with New Year’s resolutions.
But if you tell me you failed with a new habit you were trying to build or with breaking a bad one, and give me the exact steps you took (plus your preparation or the lack of it, and the things you didn’t do but should have), I’ll tell you what exactly you did wrong.
From what I’ve seen in terms of changing a behavior and reaching goals in life, habits make sense, goals don’t.
Maybe we’re just not made for the whole goal-setting process. Everyone talks about it, some achieve it, but maybe even in their cases it’s all about developing the right habits (and learning how to break bad habits) and letting them do the rest.
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