Breaking bad habits is one of life’s greatest challenges. Most bad habits are second nature to us. We do them without even thinking about it or the potential consequences anymore. Let’s be honest, many of us have multiple bad habits that impact each area of our lives. Some of our habits can be lifelong habits that are what we consider, generational habits.
The bible refers to sin as sometimes being generational sin. Carrying over from one generation to the next. The same can be said about habits. When you were child chances are you developed habits from your parents or other family members. Here are some examples:
How do we break bad habits? First, you must determine in which area of life you want to make changes. Chances are you have bad habits in all seven areas. However, just like the old joke says, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” So should your strategy be to change bad habits.
Why do you think most people fail to accomplish their New Year Resolutions every year? Right, because they usually have too many and they are often too broad. I want to lose weight, make six figures, find my soulmate, etc.
It’s best to find an area and put laser focus on that area. This is the real secret behind my Mastery 40 plan.
For this example, we will say you want to cut back on watching TV. we need to replace these with healthy habits. Two habits that come to mind would be to read more or workout more.
“According to Thomas Corley, author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals,” 67 percent of rich people only watch TV for one hour or less per day. Corley also found only 6 percent of the wealthy watch reality shows, while 78 percent of the poor do.
Additionally, 86 percent of the wealthy love to read with an impressive 88 percent claiming that they read for self-improvement for 30 minutes or more per day.”
In this scenario we will say you watch TV 3 hours a day, read none and workout none. I know you have your shows etc. The question is, do you want to live life or do you want to live through someone else in a TV show? Most want to live life. One way to minimize a bad habit while producing a good habit is a strong statement of commitment.
“I WILL NOT START ANY NEW TV SHOWS!”
We like to make our kids earn the right to listen to the radio, or be on their phones, etc. Do your homework first, then you can…
Treat yourself no differently. For every chapter or 30 minutes you read. You have earned 30 minutes of TV viewing time. Walk on the treadmill for the duration you watch a TV show. Consult your physician before starting any workout routine.
When I realized I was watching my fair share of TV nightly, I immediately started with a 50% cut. What I mean is, I evaluated the shows and just dropped 50% of them right there. Removed them from the DVR schedule, etc. I also committed to no new shows. Then I started earning TV time by reading and working out. I still have shows I watch, but as they have their series finale I don't replace them with new ones.
I can promise you this, the conversations that matter the most in life and the ones had by those living the life you desire do not center on TV shows. We are here to help you get busy living.
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