re: Stopping Bad Habits Before They Stop You VIEW POST


Good post! Very astute in your observation about how unintentional habits will fill the void. I believe it Charles Duhigg that suggests the best way to eliminate a bad habit is by replacing it with a good habit. Nature abhors a vacuum so your brain will fill that space with something, better that you pick it then letting it default to something else.

For me, I find the following two things to be true.

  • Where Focus Goes Energy Flows: Meaning by focusing on a bad habit even in with the best intentions can cause the habit to grow. So it's more beneficial to focus on building the habit you want to replace it with.
  • Awareness and acceptance of the unintentional habit is the first step to changing the bad habit. When I catch myself doing a habit I wish to change I celebrate the fact that I caught I myself doing the habit. I then accept that I am doing, forgive myself, and immediately do the new habit I wish to form.

Completely agree. Never heard "Where Focus Goes Energy Flows", but it's a catchy encapsulation of the right approach.

WOW! I can't believe I didn't touch on the importance of awareness in the original post. I might have to update it.

Thanks for taking the time to read it over.


I'm not sure if it's his quote originally or not, but I heard it from Tony Robbins.

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