Why You’re Struggling to Break Your Bad Habits – Part 1

Breaking bad habits can be quite the challenge. I’m sure you know this. But why is so hard to break a bad habit? There are many reasons people struggle to break their bad habits, and in this series, I want to investigate the main ones.

I hope that, by better understanding why you struggle to overcome some of your bad habits, you’ll be in a better position to fight back and remedy the situation.

The first reason why you might be struggling to break bad habits is that you take pleasure in them. In fact, some bad habits are difficult to break because you enjoy them. I mean when you sit in the fast-food restaurant and throw your teeth into a sodium-filled, processed-meat burger coupled with fresh-out-of-the-oil french fries and followed by a glucose-induced soda—and let’s not forget the fat-induced donuts—it’s ecstasy. As soon as you’re done, you can’t wait to repeat the experience.

Similarly, there are a lot of more painful things in life than spending your night playing your favorite video games. You do it all the time because you enjoy it so much. It’s fun.

When a habit yields pleasure, it can be difficult to break. However, you know you must do something about that habit because you realize that you’re paying a hefty price for it—long-term. Thus, you must break it before it destroys your life. The immediate pleasure you get from it no longer outweighs the prospect of the harsh consequences awaiting you if you persist with this bad habit.

Your wake up call may come from a visit to your doctor; they give you news that opened your eyes to the dangerous path you’re engaged in. It may come from your own realization that you must change your ways. It may come from various other sources. You must recognize that your enjoyment of the behavior is working against your effort to break that habit.

You can’t wait until you to stop enjoying the habit before you take steps to break it, as this may never happen. Therefore, you must break it while still enjoying it. You must refrain from doing something that you enjoy doing, and this is not an easy thing to do. It demands self-discipline. You have to look at the candy that is calling you with its seducing voice, and tell it that you’re not interested. It requires willpower.

It’s challenging to renounce a habit that induces pleasure and that you’ve been indulging in for some time. To say “no” to that habit, you need a bigger “yes” for something else. To say “no” to the candy, you must say “yes” to your long-term health. To say “no” to overspending, you must say “yes” to your long-term financial stability.

To resist the appeals of a habit that you enjoy, you need great goals that serve a greater good in your life. You need a powerful “WHY”: Why do you need to overcome that bad habit?

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.