Changing Your Negative Habits

“Changing is always difficult, but once we believe that we have the ability to find a comfortable balance on our new lifestyle, the new habits are automatic.” - American Council on Exercise

Positive habits lead us to our success in life. They do make us happy. They give us health, knowledge, wealth, peace and a long life span. On the other hand, negative habits destroy us, make us miserable, steal our health and kill us faster.

Last year, I went gun shooting for my first time. It seems easy, but when a real gun is handled for the first time, it is scary. It’s not like in the movies, it becomes very real!

Facing the patterns of negative habits
I learned the safe way to handle a gun. I remember my friend, a deputy sheriff, telling me to pull the “slack” on the trigger and then slowly squeeze the trigger, among other movements.

Then he said that if I continued to follow every direction step by step, my brain will remember all the muscle movements and I will create “muscle memory.” He added that, in the future, it will be easier for me to shoot many shots consecutively without a problem.

Many thoughts went through my head when he was teaching me.

I remembered that every change in my life followed the same pattern.

I used to smoke, drink, be sedentary, eat horribly amongst other bad habits. In the beginning, it was hard to drop these negative habits and learn new positive ones, but little by little it became easier.

Now I do not practice any of these negative habits and I successfully changed them for good ones

I have clients that have been with me for more than three years. Their goals, like many of us, are to be healthy, lose weight, shape their body, fight diseases and have more energy… Their testimonials tell me the same.

They struggle in the beginning, but once their body starts getting results by practicing the new habit over and over again, the new habits become easier, automatic.

Re-shape your muscle memory
Once we acquired ‘muscle memory’ our body and mind ask for the new habit automatically and it becomes easier.

However, notice that it works the same way with destructive habits.

To start smoking, for example, the body rejects the smoke. We even cough and more often than not seriously dislike it. We don’t like the smell and we feel drugged. Nevertheless, every time we do it, it becomes easier.

Exchange the bad for the good
A great psychologist once told me, to find all the destructive habits I have and fix them one by one, to exchange a bad habit for a good habit. Many people tend to replace a negative habit with a negative habit. Make sure, if your goal is to be healthy, to replace a negative habit with a positive habit.

So remember that in the beginning of acquiring a new positive habit, there will be movements and efforts that seem useless. Practice every day and every day will be easier until minimum effort is required. In the long run, it will pay off!