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How to Turn a Bad Habit into a Good One

June 12th, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

Habits are those routine things that we do everyday, often without thinking twice about them. Brushing your teeth in the morning, putting on your seat-belt when you get in a car, and grabbing your purse or wallet before you head out the door are all ‘habits.’

What changes a habit into a bad habit is when the action has a negative impact on your life, your feelings about yourself, your health or your relationships.

Bad habits may cause you to miss opportunities, avoid certain situations, and even give others misleading information about your personality (such as viewing you as insecure because you have a habit of not making eye contact).

Of course, bad habits can take on many forms, such as:

  • Smoking/drinking
  • Cursing
  • Biting your nails
  • Procrastinating
  • Twirling your hair and fidgeting
  • Overeating
  • Lying
  • Interrupting people

How to Turn a Bad Habit into a Good One

Interestingly, no matter what the form, all bad habits stem from the same thing.

All bad habits are compensations for unresolved emotions that motivate us to do, say, or be something that we later regret. The best way to break any habit or addiction is to release the motivating emotion.

The Sedona Method, a simple, scientifically proven system, has been helping people successfully change bad habits using the releasing principle since 1973.

The Method shows you how to tap your natural ability to let go of any negative thought or feeling on the spot – including the motivators for all forms of bad habits. Once you let the negative feelings go you will no longer feel the desire to engage in
the bad habit.

Focus on the feelings that are motivating the behavior. For instance, if you bite your nails when you are nervous focus on letting go of the nervousness – and notice that your desire to bite your nails will drop away. Once the motivating emotions are released it is much easier to decide to break the patterns of thinking and behaving that are holding you back.

Once you learn the power of letting go, you will notice that it will positively affect other areas of your life as well. For instance, if you have a tendency to overeat because of emotional reasons, letting go of those negative emotions will not only help you to stop overeating, it will help you to feel happier and probably to lose weight as well.

No habit or underlying motivating factor is too big to be released, and you’ll discover that with The Sedona Method, the possibilities are endless!