Using Self-Discipline to Get Rid of Negative Habits

Using Self-Discipline to Get Rid of Negative Habits

Self-discipline is just the act of ignoring and avoiding short-term temptations to do the work needed to achieve your long-term goals, and doing it on a regular enough basis that you will reach the goals you set. Once you start using self-discipline to reach your goals, you will realize you can use it for other things too, like getting rid of negative habits.

* Set Yourself Up for Success – Identify the negative habit that you want to get rid of in very close detail. Know why you want to get rid of it. Describe why it’s negative for you to keep up with this habit. Also, it’s important to find something you can do instead or how you can trick your mind into not wanting to do that negative thing.

* Know Your Triggers – If you want to stop something, try to figure out why you do it. Is it triggered by another activity? For example, people who want to quit smoking often smoke and drink coffee at the same time. When they want to quit smoking, they find it hard to enjoy their morning coffee and tend to think about the cigarette. Changing the morning drink too, or the location where you have it, can help avoid the trigger.

* Start Small – Don’t try to tackle every single negative habit at the same time. Focus on one at a time for a month at a time so that you can replace the negative habit with a good habit.

* Schedule Your Actions – Anything you want to do that requires an action should be written down in a calendar. Whether it’s walking, eating dinner, or spending time with your family, adding it to your schedule will help.

* Incorporate Accountability – When you don’t reach your goal due to the negative habit, you’re trying to avoid acknowledging it. Try to figure out how to fix the problem and do better next time. Also, be accountable for success too. Feel the success so that you want to have more of it.

* Practice Saying No More Often – Most negative habits are associated with saying yes when you don’t want to say yes. Learn how to say no when it is important to do so, not just to other people but also to yourself. This will help you reach your goals.

* Focus on the Positives – By trying to replace negative habits with positive habits, you may accidentally feel as if you’re focusing on the negative. Instead of doing that, once you replace the bad habit, only focus on the good thing you’re doing and how that feels.

* Be Mindful – Being in tune with your feelings can help you avoid a negative habit being triggered. Think not only of how you feel right now but also about how you’re going to feel in the future when you stick to changing those negative habits.

The more you work through the process, the more you’ll improve your self-discipline. No one is ever going to be perfect, but you can incorporate these tips that will help you avoid anything negative which can stop you from reaching your goals.

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The Impact of Bad Habits on Your Work

The Impact of Bad Habits on Your Work

You may not even realize that some of the bad habits you’ve developed over your lifetime are causing you problems at work. However, if you have any of the habits below, you could be affecting your job (or business) if you’re not aware.

Lack of Sleep

If you have the bad habit of staying up late because you see yourself as a night owl, but you have to get up early to go to work, you are making a huge mistake. Not sleeping enough at night can not only impact your performance at work but it could also cause health problems – including cardiovascular disease.

Not Eating Breakfast

While you don’t have to eat a giant breakfast at the crack of dawn to be healthy, at some point during the morning you should eat something – even if it’s just a banana with some peanut butter on it. When you don’t eat when you’re hungry, you can cause your body to be weak and your brain unable to focus.

Reading Emails Constantly

Even at work you should not check your email all the time. Checking email (and social media) is a trap that might take you down a rabbit hole of no return. Instead, set a timer to check your email and social media or any other communication channel just three or four times a day at set times.

Sitting for Long Periods of Time

It often can’t be helped, but if you sit for work then go home and sit some more, you’re making a big mistake. This can impact your health and make it hard for you to do your job at all. Find ways to move around the office more, whether it’s taking the steps or volunteering for the food runs so you can walk around.

Complaining about Everything

This can be a habit that sneaks up on you. You may not even realize that you are doing it. However, most people tend to complain more openly than they express joy openly. In order to stop doing this, recognize the behavior and say something nice instead of something negative.

Comparing Yourself to Others

Anytime you start comparing yourself to others, it’s a mistake. It’s also a dangerous mistake. The reason it’s so bad is that you have no idea what the person has really experienced in their life or what happens to them at home. You cannot compare because so much is different. It can erode your confidence and cause you to second guess yourself, making you look incompetent.

Thinking You’re a Great Multitasker

Here is some news for you; no one is good at multitasking. If you’re trying to multitask – even if it’s required at work, it’s going to be hard to get things done accurately. Multitasking is the curse of mediocracy. Do what you can to get out of that situation so that you can do your best work by fully focusing and being mindful about one thing at a time.

If you can replace these bad habits with good habits, you may end up becoming irreplaceable at work or you might boost your business to the next level. The main thing you want to do is to at least recognize which bad habits you have so that you can plan to combat them with good habits.

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