- Don't fight against a bad habit. Look at it objectively, as if another person had the habit.
- Ask yourself why you have chosen your habit. Does it feel safe and familiar? Does it protect you from negative emotions? Does it provide a quick fix of pleasure or security?
- Examine what benefit you are getting, usually at a hidden level where the inner child wants safety, security and comfort.
- Be honest about your choice. Instead of saying, "This is just how I am," admit that you have chosen inertia over change because change frightens or threatens you.
- If you feel victimized by a bad habit, ask yourself why you need to be a victim. Is it an easy way out from taking responsibility?
- Find a reason to adopt a good habit in place of the bad one.
- Make your reason convincing, and keep repeating it to yourself whenever the old shortcut of a bad habit arises. Your aim is to break the spell that says you have no choices. You always have choices.
To be continued...
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription , are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM, Channels 102 and 155.