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When it comes to creating the life that you want, learning how to break a habit that is causing a limitation on your growth is an essential step to making the change. No matter what type of change you want, you will find that you have limiting habitual patterns that keep you from achieving more with your life.
Lately, I have been working a lot to break a habit in my own life, and finding that it isn’t always easy. However, there are certain patterns that will keep you from making the change that you want. Identifying your own habitual patterns will really make things easier. So, how do you find those patterns?
Creating More Awareness
One of the first steps to changing any habitual pattern is to completely accept the habit. You started this pattern to meet your needs, and you have to find out how you are meeting your needs, and accept that this pattern served a purpose in your life.
In order to create the awareness, you need to look at your needs, and rate them on a scale of 1-10 with how you are meeting them with that habit.
Any habit that is meeting 3 or more needs at a high level ( 8 or above) is an addiction, and it becomes really difficult to break the limiting pattern.
All Habits are Meeting Your Needs
Once you accept the problem completely, and become aware of how you are meeting your needs, you also need to dig a little deeper, and see what the deeper problem that is causing you to fall into that pattern is. You have certain things that will trigger the habit, and identifying these triggers will be essential to disarming them.
This might be something physical or emotional that happens. Most often, your habits are formed by having a belief that sets off an emotional reaction. The habit is simply a way of meeting your needs in a moment of emotional vulnerability.
We spend our lives trying to avoid being vulnerable, but when you learn to embrace and celebrate your vulnerability, you can then empower yourself to create a new habit that replaces the old one. Which brings up our next point.
Replacing a Habit is More Effective than Just Eliminating It
Have you ever seen a tree pulled up and rooted out? When you remove a tree, it leaves a huge hole in the ground, and something has to fill up that hole.
Your habits have deep roots in meeting your needs, and in order to remove a habit, you will leave a big hole inside, just like the tree. If you don’t replace that hole with something possitive, you will refill it with more of the same thing, because you are comfortable with that
Learning how to break a habit isn’t easy. It will often test your resolve and commitment. these tips will help you get started, but if you want a more detailed explanation , I highly recommend that you check out my guide below to Embracing Your Life.