How to Visualize Yourself Breaking a Habit
Want to know how to break a bad habit that's been with you for a long time? Do you find yourself thinking about it every day? Do you want to change this bad habit but just can't seem to do it? Are you willing to make the commitment to get rid of your bad habits for good? If so, then there are some ideas in this article that may be able to help you.
The first thing that I would like to talk about is visualization. Visualization can be a great way to break a bad habit. To visualize yourself breaking the habit can be a great way to start because it gives us the power to actually bring about the changes that we want. One way to do this is to use visualization by having a specific picture in mind and keeping it in the forefront of our minds. The more of these visualizations you have the better.
Another way to put visualization into use is to actually trigger yourself by using an event from your past. The best way to do this is to actually pinpoint an experience from your past that has changed your way of thinking and/or acted. This can be anything from a bad habit that you had to overcome to learning a new skill that you did not know how to perform before. Using an event from your past can be a great way of triggering your positive thinking towards changing those old habits.
Now let's talk about the third part of breaking the bad habit. You have to start small. This is probably the most important part of visualization because if you don't start small then you will get discouraged very easily. The key here is to start small and then build up. That means that you can start with just a few reminders each day. Here are a couple of examples:
o Give yourself one reminder each day that you will replace the bad habit with another one. For example, replace your snacking with going for a walk. If you can't go for a walk but you have the choice, you can always visualize walking instead of snacking. Keep the reminders simple and short so that your brain will start to associate them with something good.
o Once you have your new habits in place, keep repeating them as often as possible. For example, if you are trying to stay fit by taking up a new sport, you should try to visualize yourself as you are already involved in that sport. This way you will see it through your own eyes and it will feel more like actual work. It will become a habit so it will be easier to keep doing it every time you are engaged in a sport. If you keep attempting to break habits with this method you will soon find that you have them running through your subconscious every time you think about them.
o If visualization alone doesn't work, try changing your environment. Chances are you will be more successful in breaking a bad habit if you are not in an environment that promotes them. Try to change your environment to one where you will be challenged to break the old habits. Start by making the space challenging and as you progress toward breaking them you can increase the difficulty of the space. The more challenging your environment is, the more likely your brain will adapt to it and the more quickly it will adapt to the new habit.
Breaking bad habits takes time and it is not an easy task. Many people find that visualization is very helpful in overcoming their addictions and destructive behaviors. Visualizing yourself overcoming your addiction as often as possible is important because it will help to build your self-esteem. When you visualize yourself overcoming your bad habits you will feel better about yourself and about taking on the challenge. You will be motivated to take it on because it feels like an accomplishment.