We all have habits we’d probably be better off without. Whether you bite your nails, smoke cigarettes, or want to improve your eating habits, it can be hard to know where to start and imagine what life would look like without this habit. Getting rid of the habits that have a negative effect on your life can seem like a daunting task. For me, my big bad habit was finally giving up smoking. I’d tried it multiple times over the years, using a variety of different techniques—patches, gum, going cold turkey, even hypnosis—only to be back at it the next time something stressful happened.
I finally found the one thing that worked for me, and it didn’t involve anything from the pharmacy. I had to break my bad habit down into smaller and more manageable pieces. The best thing about this process is that it’s good for more than smoking—it can be applied to any persistent habit you're ready to quit. Here's the method that worked for me: