Bad habits are born in stress, anxiety, depression and so on. To quit you need to replace them with good habits that provide a similar relief, and you need to change your environment so that you’re forced to disengage from old patterns.
Denying bad habits is one of the best ways to grow your willpower; especially if you deny them in front of those who continue to engage in them. The more you deny bad habits, the stronger your willpower becomes. And the stronger your willpower becomes, the more you can do anything in life.
For example, if you drink soda every day at work, you can easily replace soda with sparkling water, which provides a similar relief. You can also change your environment by trashing all the soda at home and by bringing your own sparkling water to work, so that you don’t depend on its availability anywhere. And over time, you can even replace it with water, which is always available.
As you continue denying your old patterns, your willpower will continue to grow, and you’ll feel more empowered to continue improving all areas of your life.
Lastly, if you slip up on your good habits, instead of being hard on yourself, use that energy to re-focus and continue moving forward. If you beat yourself up for it, things will only get worse, as you will start excusing yourself towards more bad habits. Remember, whatever you focus on expands, so always focus on moving forward.
”Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. ― Nathaniel Emmons
”You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. ― John C. Maxwell
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