Monday, July 25, 2016
Do You Have a Bad Habit?
“Anything done twice becomes easier to do.” –Unknown
When someone mentions the word “habit,” do you automatically think bad habit? Many times we remember people by their habits. It’s a shame these memories sometimes rest on negative implications.
Scientific studies show it takes twenty-one days to establish a habit, whether it’s good or bad. So, since a bad habit and a good habit require the same amount of time to set up, why not put that effort toward something good instead of the opposite?
We all probably have at least one bad habit if we’d admit it. But do we think that habit is bad enough to break or to exchange for a good one? Maybe bad habits are like beauty—deemed so in the eye of the beholder, not in the mind of the person with the habit.
Our habits flavor our daily behavior and sometimes speak volumes about us. We’re often known by our habits. Is there possibly some bad behavior we could exchange for good behavior? After all, we could have a good habit going in just three weeks.
How about replacing impatience with patience? How about swapping hate for love? And what about more kindness instead of violence? A smile instead of a frown?
And we could do without anger and dishonesty and gossip and greed and jealousy and pessimism and pride and rebellion and revenge and worry. The list could to one and one.
But this isn’t a perfect world. We all sometimes display undesirable habits and behavior. But just think of what redirecting our efforts could accomplish if we tried to make a more positive impact on our own life and on those around us.
We can form good habits or bad habits. It’s our choice.
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