When you are working toward changing bad habits into more positive ones, set small goals and reward yourself for accomplishing them.

If you are trying to establish a new habit, one approach is to add the practice to a behavior that you already do each day. For example, write in your journal after you eat lunch each day. When you are online, send five messages of gratitude to others before you start your workday online.

You may be limiting yourself. By ignoring the limitations and pushing past fear, you can create newer, healthier habits that break you free of your comfort zone.

To make a change in the present, you have to move away from the past. Thoughts of the past might run through your mind when trying to sleep.  Your personal growth could stall or hinder if you are continually re-living the past. Clearing the closet of skeletons can help you banish your negative thoughts and bad habits by allowing you to focus on who you are now and who you want to be in the future.

Do you know that states of mind are contagious? Any negative person in your life significantly affects you. When trying to change your habits, surround yourself with those who are of a positive mindset or successful in some area of life. Surrounding yourself with positivity can propel you to accomplishing your goals and banishing bad habits.

Willpower is a dominant force when trying to establish new habits. Use your powerful imagination to distract yourself when willpower is low. Distraction is a powerful technique when reshaping behavior.

Remember that you will fail occasionally, and failing teaches you another step to success.

  • Do you have a plan for how to deal with failures when they arise?
  • How does failure teach you resilience?
  • How do mistakes help you try again and to experience success?

Mistakes mean you are human and learning to get back up and try again. Missteps are essential components of a successful life.

When you are trying to rid yourself of a bad habit, get rid of triggers.

Whether you are changing your diet or trying to watch less TV, eliminating the triggers that encourage you to engage in these behaviors is essential. Don’t have unhealthy food in your house. Hide your remote control. Do whatever you need to eliminate the habit from your life.