1 Simple Trick to Breaking a Bad Habit for Life

by Suzanne Hiscock

If you have a hard time breaking a bad habit, try this: Find one small habit you can change and make a commitment to yourself to change it for 5 days.

That’s it!  One little habit, for only 5 days.

Tell yourself it’s just an experiment and you can go back to the original habit if it doesn’t work out.  An example might be replacing an unhealthy breakfast with a healthier one, or buying a regular coffee instead of calorie-rich fancy coffee, or choosing stairs instead of elevators/escalators. Chances are after 5 days you’ll break the bad habit and replace it with this new, healthier habit.  If it’s a particularly hard habit to break, you may need a few extra days.

See, the thing is, we fear change.  We like to stay within our comfort zone.  But without change, we’re like a stagnant pool of water.

And when it comes to eating and exercise habits huge changes can be overwhelming.

5 days isn’t a long time.  It’s something you can commit to, right?  What small change can you make in your life for the next 5 days?

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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN L2 Certified Master Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 20 years, she's been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com.

And she’s really TRULY SORRY ABOUT THAT. You see, she didn’t realize she was contributing to diet culture; she just wanted to help people feel better. But losing weight isn’t the way to do it. She’s on a mission to change all that with an anti-diet approach. So, pardon the dust on the floor as the website gets revamped.