How to Quit Just About Anything

Ever try to quit doing something that is not in your best interest and have a hard time getting started?  You are not alone with your efforts.  Whether it is going on a diet, quitting caffeine, smoking, or other habitual activities count yourself in on getting a change started with these five simple steps:

 Step 1 First, realize that you have a problem and your body is out of balance because of it.  Awareness is the first key to success.  You can’t change something about yourself if you don’t even realize it’s a problem and affecting you or others around you.  

Step 2 Write down your reasons for wanting to quit or initiate a change.  Maybe you are ready to fit into certain clothes you want to wear.  Maybe you are tired of having to worry about being dependent on something that isn’t a basic need.  Address your fears and concerns.  Self-doubt can lead to self-discovery.  You may just uncover the real reason or truth behind an unproductive behavior that you weren’t aware of before.  

Step 3 Set a date and stick to it.  Write out a plan of action and make yourself a schedule that you can use as a guideline.   This will allow you time to mentally prep for making the change you need to make and allow you to adjust anything in your immediate environment that has an impact on your success.  Take time out to visualize yourself achieving your goals.  

Step 4 Change is not an option it’s a direction.  Habits and behaviors that may have worked for you in the past may no longer benefit you now.  Don’t trap yourself in a timeframe of complacency.  Learn to let go and to move on.  Be willing to learn a new way of living.  When we simplify our behaviors we eliminate obstacles and unnecessary complications that hinder our abilities to excel.

Step 5 Set realistic expectations of yourself.  Accept progress not perfection and use your common sense when making a life change.  If your body is physically addicted and the behavior you are attempting to change requires tapering down talk to a medical professional and make a plan that will allow you to safely quit. 

With every change that you attempt to make, getting started requires effort and willingness to go forward. Make a commitment to yourself and make a plan to carry out your goals.  Don’t be overwhelmed or underestimate your ability to achieve success.


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