LIFE LESSONS

Your Self-Awareness Can Destroy Bad Habits

It takes the right focus

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Instead of looking for a quick fix or begging others for advice, I found that your own self-awareness can destroy bad habits.

Yes, I know. It’s a bigger shock than finding out that R. Kelly should be banned from recess — but it’s true. I became a curious consumer of alcohol back in 2000, and within months, I was hooked.

But the allure of drinking wasn’t the taste, which was absolute garbage. Actually, I never could pinpoint what was so compelling about getting hammered to the ceiling from brewskis and hard liquor.

Until last year.

I challenged myself to go an entire month without drinking a drop of alcohol, something I hadn’t done in 20 years. I managed to pull it off and I came away with an unbelievable discovery.

As I dug deep into my years of drinking, I discovered that I was simply doing it because it was there, or it was offered to me, or I had the means to buy the poison.

I had gotten so deep into the habit of drinking as just “something to do,” that I didn’t realize I was simply following a mental pattern that became a compulsive habit.

During the past six months, I have made an intentional effort to be more self-aware and the result has been remarkable; I don’t even think about drinking and it’s a breeze to be around others who are drinking, and not feel tempted.

I managed to go from drinking almost every day for two decades to not drinking 97% of the past 210 days — and I don’t miss it at all.

The lesson here is self-awareness. The more you take inventory of your mind and your history, the more capable you become of destroying your own bad habits.

But it starts with your own desire to change for the better.

Personal Development Writer | Deante Unlimited podcast, Host | Deante: Under Construction web series, Star | Deante Young Enterprises, Chief Creative Architect

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