Kicking bad habits to the curb is no walk in the park, even when you know you should. It’s like, why can’t we just do the healthy thing without all the drama, right? Well, turns out there are plenty of reasons why breaking free from bad habits is easier said than done. Let’s get real about it with these seven down-to-earth insights.

1. Not Giving It Enough Time, Seriously!

Back in the day, some smarty pants named Maxwell Maltz claimed it takes about 21 days to make or break a habit. Well, fast forward to today, and research says we’re looking at more like 66 days for us modern folks to get our act together. So, maybe part of the problem is not sticking with it long enough – like, really committing to the grind.

2. Ignoring the Emotional Roller Coaster

Imagine this: you know your habit is a hot mess, but it’s like an emotional rollercoaster you can’t get off. Sometimes, there’s some deep-rooted emotional stuff causing those bad habits. Figuring out and dealing with that emotional baggage is key to kicking the habit’s butt.

3. Falling into the Trigger Trap

Some habits are like little troublemakers waiting for the right trigger. Whether it’s a place, a mood, or some cosmic energy, certain situations can unleash the beast in us. If you’re trying to quit smoking but hanging out with chain smokers, good luck – those triggers won’t let you catch a break.

4. Your “Why” Needs to Pack a Punch

So, you say you wanna break a bad habit, but do you really want it? Like, deep down, “I’d-move-mountains-for-this” kinda want it? If your reason isn’t hitting you right in the gut, chances are you’ll cave at the first sign of trouble. Get yourself a “big why” that makes you say, “Nope, not today, bad habit!”

5. Substituting One Craving for Another

Ever notice that folks giving up smoking suddenly become snack champions? It’s like swapping one craving for another. To break a bad habit, you gotta replace it with something positive. Spending hours scrolling through social media? Time to find a healthier way to get your social fix.

6. Relying on Willpower Alone? Good Luck!

Thinking sheer willpower will pull you through? Well, spoiler alert: it probably won’t. Willpower is like that friend who shows up late to the party – it might help a bit, but it’s not the superhero you need. Combine it with a solid plan, and then you’ve got a winning team.

7. The Lone Wolf Approach Doesn’t Cut It

Trying to go solo on the bad habit battle? Not the smartest move. Get yourself a support squad – friends, family, or even an online community. Having backup when the going gets tough can make all the difference.

In a nutshell, breaking bad habits is a journey, not a sprint. Give it time, deal with the emotional baggage, watch out for triggers, find a crazy good “why,” swap out those cravings, team up with willpower, and don’t go at it alone. Real talk – you got this!

Toni Coleman-Brown
Toni Coleman-Brown

Toni Coleman Brown is an author, coach, motivational speaker, social media strategist and professional networker. She is also the Founder of the popular, Network for Women in Business, which is an online community designed to train, connect and advance women in business.

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