Bad Habits Can Ruin You
The past is great to teach us our flaws. Where hindsight is 20/20, so should our flaws. Through trial and error, we as creatures of habit like comfort. Once we find our favorite specifics in sports teams, food, movies, books to clothes and more, our comfort zone boundary is defined and begins to fill. This invisible bag of interests isn’t filled with only butterflies and unicorns, but we collect some nasty and vile habits too.
One of my worst habits I ever started was smoking. I remember started to spend time with someone while we were outside. Their cigarettes tasted horrible, so I bought my own. I felt so empowered. I was living dangerously even though I always encouraged others to not smoke.
While this phase was to be recreational, my leisurely activity morphed into a disgusting habit I conducted daily. Since I viewed this nonchalant behavior as juvenile and easy to quit until one day I realized I was using it to cope from my stress. The quick head-buzz allowed me to escape for a moment, but my problems never subsided with each drag I smoked. Once I found myself looking to buy smell-good spray in the store to hide that I smoked, I knew I had to make a change.
I had to examine why I started in the first place. To be cool and feel like I was part of the crowd, which stemmed from a younger me. My desire to be like the others was finally happening, but it was at the expense of my health, money and morals. In order to fix this bad habit, I had to solve the number one problem within me- self-confidence.
As a kid, my self-confidence was horrible. It didn’t get any better when I lost weight, played sports, dated or any other superficial thing society says is cool. My problem was me. I used excuses for not working harder when I should have in certain situations, because I thought I was worthy. Well, the problem was I was entitled to believe that solutions arrive in a hypothetical mailbox that walks itself to my doorstep, opens the door, and gives me a presentation on how to solve my problems.
These bad habits can ruin you by you thinking you’re better than the reality of who you really are. Smoking was just another way for me to justify that I don’t have to follow the rules to be cool. I asked myself, “What’s the point in being cool if you’re not accepted for who you truly are? HELLO?!” My bad habits were so layered I knew this had to stop. I needed help. This hole (bad habit) was too deep without seeking out professional help. I’m grateful it wasn’t too late.
Don’t let it be too late for you when it comes to your flaws. Our current habits were created out of comfort, and to ease the pain (both emotionally and physically). Therefore, reevaluate any bad habits you’ve accumulated throughout the years and ask yourself why.
And to answer that looming question you wondering right now. No, I don’t smoke anymore. I smoked for approximately two years and it was hard to quit, but I did it. Now it’s your turn.
What do you need to quit?
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Nathan A. Webster, MBA
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