We humans are creatures of habit and because our lives are always based on different levels of routine, we are naturally prone to develop some unproductive (bad) habits. This may be an effect of desire for comfort, or laziness in some areas but before we know it, we are already stuck on some negative habits.

Have you tried to shake off any particular bad habit but it never goes away, instead it just keeps coming back stronger each time you try to dust it off?

I’ve been there and that’s why I put this post for you to show you how you can get rid of those nasty habits.

First of all, let’s clear this out – if you want to be successful at anything, you gotta get rid of that bad habit. You won’t get far ahead with that habit hanging on your behind.
Successful people also have habits, everyone does; the only difference is that they have developed productive habits that enhance their productivity.

I struggled with some bad habits until I discovered a simple effective way to get rid of them and it worked!!

Breaking chain

The way to break any bad habit is to develop a new one to replace it.

You must replace the bad habit with a positive one or else it will bounce back stronger. Just like you press down a spring for a while, probably you starve yourself of that habit for a period; once the restraint you put on that habit goes off, the habit bounces back so hard that you find you are in a bigger mess than before.

At this point, some people quit on breaking the habit and just decide to live with it.

The problem is that suppressing a negative habit without replacing it with a positive one creates a vacuum that cannot remain for so long. So if you don’t fill that vacuum with sometime positive in time, guess who comes back in seven fold?

I got this depth of understanding after meditating on a portion of scripture.

Luke 11 vs 24 – 27

24 “When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find one, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’
25 On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant.
26 It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place.” (TMB)

There are no voids in life. Nature is so balanced that when any void opens up, there’s almost always something readily available to fill it up.

Change is very uncomfortable, although ironically it is the most certain, unshakeable natural occurrence.

A natural principle to note is that with time, whatever action you do repeatedly becomes a habit.

That’s how you break bad habits – by developing new ones!



  • Decide to Change

    You have to decide you’ve had enough of that negative habit. Only when you make this decision will you have enough willpower to do the extra work of replacing it.

  • Your resolution should change from stopping a bad habit to replacing the bad habit with a good/productive one.

Most times for every negative habit, there usually is a corresponding positive habit. Find out what it is and every time you feel the urge to engage in that negative habit, rather take action on the positive one. Doing this consistently enough times will surprise you at how fast your bad habit will be broken forever!

Don’t leave your life to chance! Take charge!

Drop a comment below and share what you learnt or your experiences.
Go ahead and share this information with your friends!

It’s your life . . .Make it worth living!
Adeposi Okupe

    4 replies to "Breaking Bad Habits"

    • gregorydan45

      Great idea, Adeposi. Agreed by all, completed by few. You make “will power” sound so easy. If it was, no one would have bad habits. I think some people have bad habits because it is the lazy easy way out like you said. Some bad habits are enjoyed far too much, that is the problem with this world.

      • atmokupe

        you’re right Gregory! only those who are willing to get uncomfortable for a season are qualified to experience the joys of success..

    • lawal idris

      Great write-up friend. You just gave me a solution to a long time challenge

      • atmokupe

        That’s awesome Idris. I’m glad you found value from this!

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