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How to Develop Good Habits And Get Rid of Bad Ones




I often emphasize on the concept that our thoughts give birth to our actions; our repeated actions develop our habits; our habits transform our character and our character leads us to our destiny. I am writing this article to focus on the Habits part in general and Habit Development Process in particular.



In my opinion, there are four major influential factors which are the baseline of your Habits Development Process. These are:

a)   The way of Brought up

b)   Education & Vision

c)    Interests

d)   Social Circle


All these factors influence us with different weight at different phases of your life. However, all of your habits are more or less linked back with one (or more) of these four factors. So if you want to strengthen our existing habits or get rid of bad ones, you need to address the relevant contributing factor(s) as mentioned above.


Let us learn how to develop new habits, how to improve existing good habits and how to get rid of bad habits. 


Strengthening Existing Habits:

When it comes to strengthening of any habit we need encouragement and feedback from others. So ask for the feedback from your closed ones. Sometimes you need self encouragement to keep the spirit high. So, if you are good at something, you need to tell it to yourself quite often so that this can give you inner confidence to strengthen that habit. For example, if you give charity sometimes but you want to make the habit of giving 5% of your salary each month then you need to encourage yourself several times in a month until you develop this habit in a concrete manner.


Shunning Bad Habits:

If you have a bad habit such as being extravagant, being reactive or short tempered or a smoker then you need to start the mind purification process. When your mind is free from impurities, it starts working on fruitful things. You need to stay away from such companies where you mind is being polluted. For example, if you have the habit of leg pulling, back biting then you really need to work on your surroundings (closed friends, negative acquaintances, polluted souls etc) which are triggering your habit. So Once you have a clean company then you can concentrate on how to improve your personality. You need to list down the side effects of your bad habits and memorize them and repeat them on daily basis. Commitment, Focus and Self-motivation are the keys in getting rid of your bad habits.


Developing New Habits:

As mentioned above, concentrate on the four aspects for the development of new habits. You can study books in your domain, study the characteristics of highly effective people, observe your mentors closely. Self encouragement is equally important.  Below articles may be of your interest in the same context: