Gain Courage To Free Yourself From Bad Habits: Try These Simple Hacks

You are probably one of the many who starts the year by creating a list of resolutions. You wish and hope for a better year ahead by making a firm decision to break some of your bad habits. These are the habits that keep you from getting that much-needed promotion, from achieving your dream figure, or from getting that much-coveted position.

But we all are aware of the reality that resolutions are likely to be broken. Sometimes, no matter how many self-help books you read or motivational audios you listen, breaking a bad habit is simply hard. Many falls to the lure of succumbing to old toxic ways all too quickly. Sometimes quitting or abandoning your resolutions appear to be the sweeter and easier route to take. But remember the saying that ‘no pain, no gain.’ So before giving up, you may first want to try the simple hacks below:

Recognize the bad behaviors

Bad habits are likely things that you enjoy doing so it may be hard for you to realize how these behaviors are jeopardizing your life. However, the first step in changing a certain behavior is realizing and accepting that you need to let it go because they do more harm than good.

Take small but steady steps

Once you identified the bad habits that are stunting your growth as an individual, it is time to take action! To make the process easier, it is better to take small steps by making slow changes in your habits. For example, If you want to start eating healthier, you may start by reducing soda intake in your diet on your first week. Then for week 2, you may start limiting fatty foods as well. As you go on setting and sticking to small goals, you make the process a lot more doable. At the same time, your confidence to commit to a goal will increase. By taking small but consistent steps, you may one day realize that you have completely erased the bad habit from your lifestyle.

Make a room for failure

Breaking a bad habit is like hitting a high, hard wall so the worst thing you can do is to expect the transition from bad habits to good ones to be easy. You are likely to lose motivation or fail at some point and it is perfectly normal. When you notice your willpower to start a good habit waning, remind yourself that what matters is you do not give up. By making realistic goals, you increase chances of success.

Mind your choice of words

Research has proven that the power of self-affirmation and word-choice will help you say goodbye to old and harmful habits permanently. A 2011 study published by the Journal of Consumer Research reveals the difference of uttering “I don’t” and “I can’t” statements when conditioning good habits. In the said research, one group was asked to use “I don’t “statements while another group used “I can’t” statements to avoid temptations. The study concludes that 8 out of 10 people in the group that used “I don’t” manages to successfully stick to their goals.

Form a support team

Who says you have to do it all by yourself? You can seek the help of the people around you as you try to eliminate a bad habit out of your system. Their support and encouragement may just provide the boost you need to hold on to that resolution.

You probably heard the saying “man is a creature of habit”. The quote emphasizes the importance of fostering good habits in having a more rewarding existence. So do all you can to break free from bad habits to move forward in life and to achieve your full potential.

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7 Things Every Healthy Marriage Needs

Marriage is one of the sweetest things in life. But it’s not always butterfly stomachs and love songs. Marriage can be difficult and trying at times. It takes a strong marriage and boundless love to survive the tough moments to make it all worthwhile. Here are 7 things every healthy and happy marriage needs.

Friendship

First and foremost, your spouse should be your partner in crime, your teammate, and your best friend. Couples that have a strong friendship are connected deeper on an emotional level, and this friendship becomes the core of the marriage. In fact, the strongest marriages are those built on a foundation of friendship.

Selfless sacrifice

With marriage, comes sacrifice. It’s just the way life works. The key to a healthy marriage is to make these sacrifices without expectation of these them being returned. That is true love.

Stellar Communication

Without communication, any marriage is doomed for failure. Make sure you and your spouse have a healthy and effective system of communication, so the two of you can feel supported and comfortable when discussing the small and the big things in life.

Tiny Gestures

Strong and healthy couples know from experience that small acts of kindness go a long way. Anything from making your spouse a cup of coffee in the morning to leaving notes on the bathroom mirror are the kind of small gestures that start mean a whole lot.

Freedom

Although marriage heavily depends on how the two of you work together and love one another, a healthy marriage also allows the freedom for you to be your own person and supports your pursuit to chase your own dreams.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect of each other’s time, wants, and dreams is necessary if you want your marriage to grow and thrive. It’s important to respect the other person in every way at all times to build a solid foundation of trust and support.

Good Memories

What would a happy and healthy marriage be without good memories to share, laugh about, and reminisce on later? The happiest couples know that the best part of marriage is getting the chance to do life together.

So maybe marriage isn’t smooth-sailing 100% of the time, but if you work on incorporating more of these 7 things into your marriage, you can be confident that your marriage will be the happiest, healthiest, and strongest it has ever been.

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4 Ways Boating is Good for Your Soul

Spending hours out on the water is arguably one of the most effective ways to feed the soul. Sitting on a boat, letting the waves rock you back and forth, and gazing out at the open water is no doubt one of the most breathtaking experiences we can have as explorers, and as humans. But, just how exactly does boating affect your soul? Why is the experience so relaxing and addicting?

Read on to discover four ways boating is good for your soul.

Boating removes you from reality and renews your mind

In a world full of busy work schedules, back-to-back meetings and appointments, buzzing cell phones, long commutes, and full calendars, it can be hard, or nearly impossible, to find a chance to relax and spend time doing something simply because you enjoy doing it. Boating invites you to embrace your adventures on the water with a clear mind and encourages you to enjoy your time alone or with others. It removes you from the reality and demands of your everyday life and forces you to solely focus on the here and now leaving you with a renewed spirit once you return to land.

Boating fosters bonds and relationships

Since the distractions of your everyday life are removed when you’re out on the water, building relationships and making lasting memories with family and friends is pretty much effortless. Whether you’re talking about everything that comes to mind or just watching the sunset in silence, boating trips create bonding experiences that you will remember for years to come.

Each time is a new learning experience

Each time you set sail and embark on a new adventure is a new opportunity to learn and master your boating skills. It’s important to maintain a teachable spirit on the water because each trip is unlike the last. You never know what will come your way. The more you work on your skills, the more confident you’ll be the next time you set out.

Boating expands your experience of the world

Boating provides you with a source of endless adventure because it takes you out to actually see the world and experience new places. But, it also does so much more for your soul than that. It is one of the most unique ways to expand your awareness of the world around you by removing yourself from the worries of reality.

Next time you get the opportunity to hit the water on a boat, make sure you relax, clear your mind and enjoy the beautiful scenery in front of you!

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Fundamental Truths About Financial Freedom

Financial freedom may seem like a nebulous concept for most people. It feels way too far away from reality to be feasibly attainable. It’s a dream that gets packed away in the closet when the bills come due each month. Whenever you feel hopeful, you pull it out and dust it off, examining the possibilities for your future that it holds. Sensing that it takes time and effort to open the box and unleash those possibilities, you gently cover it back up and store it in the linen closet once again.

The next time you feel the urge to uncover the dream of financial freedom, don’t hesitate to open that box, knowing that you’ll be armed with the most fundamental truths about money and financial freedom.

Money Cannot Buy You Happiness

It’s a well-renowned idea that abstract concepts, like love and happiness, can’t be bought with money. While it’s true that the things you can buy with money can engender feelings of joy and affection, the truest happiness and love come from immaterial pursuits.

Money cannot buy you happiness. Money cannot buy you love. But, money can buy you something better, something that can foster the growth of those two ideals. Financial freedom can buy you time: the most precious resource on the planet. Once it’s used up, it’s gone forever, and it keeps ticking by, no matter how hard you wish it wouldn’t. Having enough money not to have to trade your hours for dollars allows you to spend time with your loved ones. Financial freedom allows you to determine your own happiness and to devote your resources to loving everyone around you more intentionally.

Money is Not the Root of All Evil

To be clear, this is an often misquoted Bible verse. It’s 1 Timothy 6:10, and it doesn’t say, “Money is the root of all evil.” Instead, it specifies that the “…love of money is root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

In the end, money is not the root of any evils. It is only when people are overcome by greed or feel an intense need for money that evil arises. That love of money causes people to lie, cheat, steal, and more just in the pursuit of that peace of mind that comes with having money.

When you’re comfortable in your financial freedom, you don’t love money. You enjoy what it can do for you, but you’re not clamoring for it. There’s no need to resort to evil to attain it. Now, that’s true peace of mind.

Money Won’t Set You Free

Simply having money won’t set you free. Financial freedom is about more than just having loads of cash stashed away. It’s a mindset that allows you not to worry about having to grind day in and day out to maintain your lifestyle.

Money can’t and won’t set you free. Only you can set yourself free.

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