Freedom From Your Hidden Bad Habits
A belief is just a thought you keep thinking. A habit is just an action you keep taking. There is no harm in either unless your thoughts and actions move into the realm of excess. Excess anything, which often starts out feeling pretty good, usually morphs into a problem.
You can easily spot your excess physical habits. It’s evident to you if you indulge in too much drinking, drugging, eating, or spending. But what about excess thinking? Obsessive thought patterns tend to hover below the surface, which is why they evolve into hidden bad habits. To name just a few of these possible problem areas, how about doubt, judgment, fear, or a constant need for approval?
They all start out quite innocently, don’t they? A little doubt keeps you from jumping off a cliff. A bit of considered judgment is a wise idea when making important choices. And as for wanting approval, well, everyone’s ego needs a little stroking now and then. However, when practiced to excess, constant doubt can become debilitating, consistent judgment of others keeps you at arm’s length from whole segments of society, and a nagging need for approval causes you to look farther and farther afield for people to impress.
There are a few easy steps that will allow you to free yourself from those hidden bad habits, but like breaking any kind of habit, first you have to have the desire to be free of them. If your tendency to judge others has begun to affect your relationships, then that might be your motivation to stop being so judgmental. If your tendency to be overly fearful is keeping you from participating in many things, it could be time to stem that habitual thought process. And if seeking approval means you’re always trying to get people’s attention, even for your minor accomplishments, you’re probably getting pretty frustrated because they’re simply too busy touting their own accomplishments to concern themselves with yours.
So, if you’re feeling stuck in serious patterns of negative thinking, here is your four step path to freedom:
Step #1 – Acknowledge you have developed one or more hidden bad habits.
Actually that’s the easy part. Once you acknowledge your problem, the success of the following process to correct your problem will depend entirely on the depth of your interest in making a real change.
Step #2 – Made a firm decision to do something to switch your hidden bad habits for visible good habits, now.
Step #3 – Use release statements to declare your freedom from your old habits.
Step #4 – Use affirmations to replace the old habits with new ones.
Release statements are very powerful statements for ridding yourself of bad thinking patterns. They work more efficiently than affirmations and therefore they very quickly create a vacuum in your thinking pattern. As soon as your release statement feels complete, it is very important to immediately replace it with a positive affirmation or you will slip back into the negative groove almost immediately.
Try these common (and extremely effective) release statements to see if they apply to you:
Speak each statement with assurance, and then take a deep, healing breath:
I RELEASE ALL FEAR – breathe
I RELEASE ALL DOUBT – breathe
I RELEASE ALL NEED TO CONTROL – breathe
I RELEASE ALL NEED TO BE RIGHT – breathe
I RELEASE ALL NEED TO JUDGE – breathe
I RELEASE ALL NEED TO CRITICIZE – breathe
I RELEASE ALL NEED FOR APPROVAL – breathe
Because these release statements are so powerful for most people, experts suggest that you make one release statement followed very quickly by three affirmations
For example, you might say:
I RELEASE ALL FEAR – breath
I AM STRONG
I AM CAPABLE
I AM SAFE
I RELEASE ALL DOUBT – breath
I AM CONFIDENT
I AM CERTAIN
I TRUST MY INTERNAL GUIDANCE
How long does it take to break a bad habit? Actually, we never break a habit, we just replace it with a new one; and by focusing on the new one, the old one begins to fade away.
Here’s a physical exercise that will give you a clue to your own commitment to habit changing: Move a waste basket you use all the time (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office) from one position to another that is at least five feet away from its original position – and then see how long it takes you to stop throwing paper on the floor where the basket used to be.
You can break your hidden negative habits using Release Statements and Affirmations, but first you have to deal with steps #1 and # 2 –
Step #1 – Acknowledge you have developed a hidden bad habit.
Step #2 – Made a decision to do something to switch it for a good habit instead
You can do it. It takes time, commitment and practice, practice, practice, but – yes – you can.
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. ~Voltaire
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