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What to Do With Bad Habits

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


What Is a Habit?

A habit is something that is done repeatedly without even thinking about it. A habit is frequent repetition of something said or done. It is a usual practice or pattern.

A habit is something that you do routinely without much thought or effort.

Sometimes people do things without even realizing they are doing them because they have so routine.

How Long Does It Take for a Habit to Form

It takes about 7 days for a habit to form. It takes 14 days to get rid of a habit. In other words, it takes twice as long to break a habit as it does to make a habit.Therefore, it is so important not to develop bad habits because it takes twice as long to rid yourself of them.

It stands to reason not to develop bad habits in the first place since it takes twice as long to get rid the bad habit.

Here is something to keep in mind about bad habits. If you don't get rid of them, they can become addictions. It could be something as simple as clearing the throat, tapping the foot or scratching the head. While others recognize the habit, the person with the habit might not be aware of it at all. When brought to the person's attention, he might even deny it at first.


"All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you." --Zig Ziglar

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Habits Can Be Good or Bad

A habit is a repeated practice. Habits can be good or bad. A bad habit is a negative practice.

Common examples of bad habits include procrastination, fidgeting, overspending, nail-biting, gossiping, and bullying. If a person recognizes a habit and acknowledges that the habit is bad, it is much easier to get rid of it.

You must destroy all the heathen altars wherever you find them -- high in the mountains, up in the hills, or under the trees. Break the altars, smash the obelisks, burn the shameful images, cut down the metal idols, and leave nothing to remind you of them! (Deuteronomy 12:2-3)

Four Ways to Break a Habit

Most people know that breaking a bad habit is not easy at all. In the above scripture, Israel had picked up the bad habit of worshiping pagan gods. They didn't try to get rid of the habit on their own; therefore, God told them ways to get rid of the bad habit once and for all.

God instructed them to DESTROY all the pagan altars whenever they found them. God was very specific instead of beating around the bush. He told them to BREAK, SMASH, BURN, CUT DOWN and do whatever else was necessary to rid themselves of the altars. Then God said, "Leave nothing to remind you of them!" In other words, God says, "Remove the temptation!"

Sometimes after getting rid of a bad habit, temptations are left behind as reminders. For instance, if a person gives up drinking but still keep wine and beer on hand, the temptation is still there. God says after you get rid of the bad habit, remove the temptation as well so that you will not return to it.

Ways To Get Rid of A Bad HabitMeaning


Separate something into pieces so that it is no longer whole.


Separate something into pieces with a violent force.


Destroy something with fire.

Cut Down

Chop something so that is no longer in its original form.

Habit or Addiction?

If a person has no control over a bad habit, it becomes an addiction. It is better to get rid of a bad habit before that happens. An addiction is much harder to get rid of than a bad habit.

As soon as you recognize you have a bad habit, do something about it right away long before it turns into an addiction.

Replace Bad Habit with a Good Habit

Once you get rid of a bad habit, the best way to keep it from returning is to replace it with a new positive habit. Something has to go in the place you have made room for.

Let it be something positive that you can be proud of.

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