How to Release Old Habits

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

Old habits die hard, don’t they? 

If you’re trying to change a behavior, emotion, or thought, please be kind and patient with yourself. And yet, you may want to pay attention if you’re doing the same thing over and over again…expecting different results.  

As I’m helping clients release old habits, here are six simple steps that I walk them through…

  1. IDENTIFY AND WRITE DOWN exactly what you want to change and why you want to change it.
  2. BE REALISTIC with your goals, and don’t expect to change overnight.
  3. LET GO of the perfectionist complex. Every little step will create change over time. If you fall off the wagon, don’t give up. It’s not an all-in or all-out attitude. Life happens, and it’s a process. If you fall, get right back up and try again. Remember the reason “why” you want to make this change in your life. 
  4. CREATE A PLAN to ensure you continue to maintain the new habit. One away is to reach out to a friend to hold you accountable as you reinforce the new behavior or habit.
  5. CELEBRATE once you have established the new behavior, but don’t forget to acknowledge and celebrate with each step along the way.
  6. REMEMBER the power of repetition. Letting go of old habits that no longer serve you and creating new habits is a lifestyle transformation. Change doesn’t happen solely on will power. It takes conscious effort, repetition, and compassion. Be patient.

QUESTION: What habit are you ready to let go of? And, what new habit would you like to take its place? 

I’LL GO FIRST…To replace my late night snacks with just drinking water. Okay, it’s your turn. Tell me in the comments about your new habits!

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Dr. Bita Yadidi

Doctor of Eastern Medicine