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How long does it take to break the habit?
More recently, a survey of 96 people published in The European Journal of Social Psychology found that it took an average of 66 days to develop a habit, such as eating fruit at lunch or running for 15 minutes a day. But the actual number of days in the study ranged from 18 to 254 days, indicating that it could take a very short or very long time!
Over the course of our lives, we have all developed behaviors or routines that have not served us well in our pursuit of happiness or success. Although these patterns have prevented us from reaching our goals, we still find it hard to break free of them.
Sometimes these negative behaviors become so routine that we perform them without thinking about them. Yet, over time, bad habits are bound to become barriers, to weigh us down, to push us to realize that they are not good for us. Soon, we’ll feel the urge to break free.
What are bad habits to have?
Bad habits can be all sorts of things or activities, such as:
- Nail biting
- Hair picking
- Speaking with your mouth full
- Hair chewing
Bad habits, however, are also personal. Although sleeping in might be a bad habit for some, it might be a treat for you. And, if you’re trying to get rid of bad habits, it’s best to look at those that negatively affect you.
Warren Buffett summed this up quite well:
“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”
When we begin to feel the burden of our bad habits, we’re looking for a quick fix. We turn to others for directions or answers on how to get rid of them. But the fact is, breaking bad habits is highly dependent on “the man in the mirror.”
First, we must have the drive or the motivation to make a change. Then we need to change our mindset and our behavior. This drives us to make the decision to do things differently: to break the habit, or to change it. Of course, we need to make a change by doing things in a new way or using a new method.
The mechanism to break bad habits or change must come from within us, not from others. This is a quote from the former U.S. President Barack Obama applies not only to the broad scope of society and culture, but also to the needs of our individual self:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
So, here are 20 more motivational quotes to inspire each one of us to drop the bad habits that stand between us and our personal fulfillment.
The best getting rid of bad habits quotes to inspire you
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“There are no shortcuts for nurturing the movement toward wholeness other than drinking from the well of self-love.” – Don Stapleton
“The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.”
“You cannot change your future; but, you can change your habits, and surely your habits…will change your future.” – Dr. Abdul Kalam
“Saying NO to the wrong things creates space to say YES to the right things.” – Mack Story
“TRANSFORMATION is much more than using skills, resources and technology. It’s all about HABITS of mind.” – Malcolm Gladwell
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
“To change habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.” – Jack Canfield
“Ultimately, your state of mind determines your circumstances. To realize the outcomes you want, it is critical to recognize and experience the transition from our present thoughts, habits, and actions to new thoughts, habits, and actions.” – Darren L. Johnson
“Do not constantly spend your time complaining about a problem you may be having or may be up against, focus your time toward correcting the problem. Always remember, Time is value!”
“Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change.” – Arthur Burt
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy NOT on fighting the old but on BUILDING the new.” – Socrates
“If you’re gonna make a change, you’re gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.” – Tony Robbins
“REAL TRANSFORMATION requires real honesty. If you want to move forward – get real with yourself.” – Bryant McGill
“Engaging in good habits 90 percent of the time, while indulging in bad habits 10 percent of time, places you at risk of being like a hamster running in a wheel. Despite all the energy you’re exerting, you won’t move forward. You’ll never be able to outrun your bad habits.” – Amy Morin
“Starting something new or making a big change requires effort, persistence and motivation…Doubt, fear and worry will only slow you down. Focus on doing your best now and celebrate every step of the way.” – Doe Zantamata
“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Tony Robbins
“Knowledge is learning something new everyday. Wisdom is letting go of some bad habits everyday.”
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Unknown
“The only proper way to eliminate bad habits is to replace them with good ones.” – Jerome Hines
Kick those bad habits goodbye!
These inspiring quotes remind us that self-assessment and change of mind are necessary in any attempt to break bad habits. Breaking bad habits includes a mechanism, not a knee-jerk reaction.
We need to be willing to take our lives off the autopilot–to evaluate our routines, behaviors, and attitudes. We will make the most favorable changes to our well-being, and then apply them accordingly.