Removing a bad habit isn’t enough—it must be replaced with a good habit. Once you’ve picked the habit you want, this step-by-step guide will help you figure out how to make it permanent.
Set yourself up to succeed.
Keep your new good habit as easy to adopt as possible. For example, if you want your new habit to be regular exercise, sign up at a gym that’s near to your home or work.
Focus on what you are adding to your life, not what you are taking away.
For example, if you are trying to cut down on the amount of time spent watching TV, come up with an activity you could do during that time instead. Don’t consider the time spent as “not watching TV” but rather as “doing another activity.”
Make a public display of accountability.
Tell your friends, family, everyone around you, about the good habit you are working toward instilling in yourself. This will hold you publicly accountable, and you will be less likely to fail.
Find a “success buddy".
This refers to someone who is looking to pick up a similar habit to yours. The two of you can then rely on each other for support, or even company while practicing the habit!
Competition is a great motivator. For example, if you are looking to get fit, sign up for a marathon! You’ll work much harder at the gym now that you have a competition to attend.
Give yourself due credit—celebrate your victories.
Reward yourself when you’ve held to your new habit for a week, then a month, then a year, etc.