The common MYTH that’s
holding you back from success!
The idea that you can control your bad habits is a myth.
Bad habits are impulses… so instead of controlling them, you often end up repeating them.
Even though you recognize the stress they cause in your life… and even though you make promises to change your ways… again and again, you repeat the same tired patterns!
That’s because a habit, by definition, is an acquired pattern of behavior that has become almost involuntary as a result of frequent repetition.
For those of you who prefer a more visual definition, read this story:
A teacher takes a bit of lightweight thread and wraps it one time around a student’s wrists.
He tells the class, “This string represents the power of doing something one time. Can you break the string?”
The student easily breaks the thread with a small flick of his wrists. The teacher then wraps the string around the student’s wrists many times and repeats the challenge to break it.
Despite repeated efforts, the lightweight thread is too strong to break.
His teacher says, “Now you see the power of repeated actions… habits. It takes more than mere willpower and personal strength to break them. It takes a change in the way you think about the problem.”
BAD habits prevent you from reaching your potential. They are self-inflicted punishments that drain you of motivation, time, and money. And they hold you back from living the great life you know you can achieve.
Just think of all the times you’ve said something like…
“The diet starts Monday — and I’ll stick to it this time, I SWEAR!”
“Smoking is a nasty habit and is ruining my health. This will absolutely be my last cigarette pack.”
“That does it! I’m cutting up the credit cards once and for all and not wasting any more money on things I really don’t need.”
Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
The reality is most people try to break habits backwards; they try to physically change their behaviors before they’ve changed their mental ones.
The result? You get so stressed out when denied the habit that has given you comfort in the past, you cannot help but cling to it and repeat it in the present.
Losing bad habits requires you to change the way you think before you can change the way you act.