A habit can be defined as any action that we have performed so often that it becomes almost an involuntary response. If one considers a habit to be undesirable, than it may be labeled as a bad habit. Every person has some sort of bad habit and many people want to break them, but it is a very difficult task for most. People spend so much time and even money trying to break these bad habits, but have little success. In order to break these bad habits, a person needs to work very hard to want to change.
Change is not easy. It does take hard work and there is no short cut to achieving it. Nancy Schimelpfenig states that the first step in breaking a bad habit is to look at why you find the action so compelling. Is there some kind of payoff for doing these bad habits? If you think about it though, there are payoffs for everything that you do whether good or bad. In order to start breaking bad habits, you need to realize the payoff of it and think if it is something really worth it, or just some kind of payoff that is not really anything rewarding.
Schimelpfenig also states that you should look at the trade-off of you bad habit. What are you losing by performing this bad habit? If you look at the results of bad habits in a bad way, it could make you not want to perform those habits anymore because you do not want to deal with the negative consequences.
What are you going to gain by breaking this bad habit? That is another good way of getting out of a bad habit. If you think of a lot of good reasons as to why breaking a habit will be useful, it may become easier to break it. Take for example smoking. Many people do it and there is no doubt that it is a bad habit. If you think that if you stop smoking, or even smoke less, you could prolong your life, save money, keep your teeth white, and many more positive reasons you can gain by not smoking. Thinking of different positive reasons is a good way of trying to break the bad habits.