Over the course of our lives, we’ve all developed behaviors or routines that have not served us well in our quest for happiness or success. Although these habits have kept us from achieving our goals, we often find it difficult to break free of them.
Sometimes, these negative behaviors become so routine that we perform them without thinking. But over time, bad habits are bound to become obstacles, weighing us down, forcing us to acknowledge that they are not good for us. We will soon feel an urgency to break free.
Warren Buffett summed this up quite well:
“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”
When we begin to feel the burden of our bad habits, we look around for a quick fix. We turn to others for direction or answers on how to get rid of them. But the truth is that, breaking bad habits are highly dependent on “the man in the mirror.”
We must first have the desire or motivation to make a change. Then we must change our mindset and our attitude. This drives us to make the decision to do things differently: to break the habit, or change it. Of course, we must effect a change by doing things in a new manner or using a new method.
The mechanism to break bad habits or to change must come from within us and not from others. This quote from former U.S. President Barack Obama not only applies to the broad scope of society and culture, but it applies to the needs of our individual selves:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
So, here 15 more motivational quotes to inspire each of us to drop the bad habits, which stand between us and our personal fulfillment.
Inspiring Quotes on Getting Rid of Bad Habits
“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“There are no shortcuts for nurturing the movement toward wholeness other than drinking from the well of self-love.” – Don Stapleton
“You cannot change your future; but, you can change your habits, and surely your habits…will change your future.” – Dr. Abdul Kalam
“Saying NO to the wrong things creates space to say YES to the right things.” – Mack Story
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
“To change habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.” – Jack Canfield
“Ultimately, your state of mind determines your circumstances. To realize the outcomes you want, it is critical to recognize and experience the transition from our present thoughts, habits, and actions to new thoughts, habits, and actions.” – Darren L. Johnson
“Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change.” – Arthur Burt
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy NOT on fighting the old but on BUILDING the new.” – Socrates
“If you’re gonna make a change, you’re gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.” – Tony Robbins
“REAL TRANSFORMATION requires real honesty. If you want to move forward – get real with yourself.” – Bryant McGill
“Starting something new or making a big change requires effort, persistence and motivation…Doubt, fear and worry will only slow you down. Focus on doing your best now and celebrate every step of the way.” – Doe Zantamata
“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Tony Robbins
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Unknown
Ready to kick those bad habits goodbye?
We must be willing to take our lives off autopilot – to evaluate our routines, behaviors, and attitudes. We should determine the most favorable adjustments for our well-being, then, implement them accordingly.