How to stop those bad habits that get in the way of your happiness!

How to stop those bad habits that get in the way of your happiness!

via MindBodyGreen by Tyler C. Beaty

In my experience, as well as what I've seen in my coaching practice, it's become clear to me that most people's lives are riddled with bad habits that keep us from being happy and successful. But what many people don't realize is that we don't have to give into the force that's pulling us down this path.

After years of being unhappy at work and even more miserable after losing my job, combining positive thinking and positive action was what finally helped me move forward. I had to take action to replace bad habits with good ones and ultimately find a greater sense of purpose. You can do this, too.

If you expect your life to resemble someone else's Instagram feed, you'll be fighting a losing battle.

We have the wherewithal to seek awareness of destructive habits and build new patterns with intention. If you're reading this article, that's the first step. Here, I share seven of the most detrimental mistakes we can make in our pursuit of a fulfilling life — and what we should be doing instead:

1. The Mistake: Telling yourself you aren't good enough.

Many people struggle with self-worth, especially in relationships and/or their chosen career path. Often, we try to convince ourselves and other people that we must deserve what we have by amassing accolades and physical possessions.

The Fix: Doing the work to reach true self-acceptance.

I've learned this the hard way: Things don’t build true self-worth and happiness. They just distract you. Learning to truly believe in yourself, and accepting that you deserve the joy and success you have, is a process. These suggestions are a wonderful starting point.

2. The Mistake: Trying to please others.

Humans crave connection. It's just how we're wired. Sometimes, if we suffer from a lack of self-worth, we can fall into the trap of making choices that we think will please others rather than making the choices that further our own dreams and goals. If you live your life this way, you'll never truly be happy.

The Fix: Digging deep to find out your authentic desires, then boldly creating that reality.

Make time each day to look inward. Connect with what you really want, and work to accept the validity of that. Take small steps toward being comfortable with your truth and sharing it with others. The closer you get to aligning your life with your genuine desires, the more fulfilled you'll be….

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