Many people are trapped in some kind of a bad habit that they wish they never had. Bad habits are formed more easily than good habits, and are usually the hardest to get rid of. Smoking, drinking, gambling, overeating, and eating fast food are all examples of bad habits. Many people, who know of their bad habits, want to change, but no matter how hard they try, they usually find themselves not being able to.
To change, we have to have an intention and high motivation. It is easy to develop bad habits, especially when a person is young. This is because when a person is young, it is hard for him/her to distinguish the difference between right and wrong because of their inexperience. Bad habit is a process that starts from our mind ”our thoughts.
Habit is formed by a step-by-step process which involves thought, action, and repetition. Thought is the backbone of creating bad habits. Our mind plays a very important role in creating habits. Being humans, we do not realize the consequence(s) of turning our thoughts into reality. When these thoughts lead to some kind of action, the result is either a good thing or bad.
If it was a bad step taken, or a wrong behavior, but we do not realize the fault in it, and continue to act the same way, it becomes like a second nature of time. For example, every time a person gets nervous, he/she might start biting his/her nails as if an anchor has been fired off. People do not realize how nervousness is linked with biting nails until much later. Usually by that time, the behavior has become a habit.
Once that behavior continues to build over a period of time, it becomes a habit. Since it takes time for a habit to build, one has to realize that it takes just as much time, if not more, to get rid of such habit. It is said that one bad habit leads to another. This means that if we do not control the current bad habits or stop new ones from forming, on a long run it will destroy our