How to Break a Bad Habit

Benjamin Franklin is often credited as saying that, “the best way to break a bad habit is to create a new one”

Don’t deny it. You have some bad habits that are holding back your entrepreneurial success. Habits, good or bad, make you who you are. The key is controlling them. If you know how to change your habits, then even a small effort can create big changes.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Decide how serious you are about breaking the habit. In addition to a strong commitment, you’ll need time and energy to pay attention to your behavior so that you can change it.

2. Keep track of when you do the behavior. Keep a dairy handy.

3. Compare your life with your value system. Do you live according to your value system? Or do you deviate from it here and there? Your value system acts like a compass that guides your life. When you do things that are not according to your life compass, you know that you have a problem.

4. Focus on only one small step each week to ensure long lasting results. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, eliminate sweets from your diet for the first week. The next week eliminate other carbohydrates, like white bread, in addition to the sweets.

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