If you really want to become a better person, say goodbye to these 10 habits

Ever wondered, “Why do I do that?”

We all have habits we wish we could shake off.

But guess what? We can change.

Becoming a better person doesn’t need big, dramatic steps. It’s about knowing ourselves better, choosing wisely and dropping what’s not good for us.

So, are you ready to break free from some bad habits? Great!

Let’s dive into 10 habits you need to say goodbye to, for a better you. 

1. Procrastination

We’ve all been there, putting off tasks that we don’t want to do.

“I’ll do it tomorrow,” is a phrase that’s more common in our lives than we’d like to admit.

But here’s the thing, tomorrow turns into the next day, and then the next, and before you know it, you’re scrambling to get things done at the last minute.

Not only does this add unnecessary stress to your life, but it also prevents you from reaching your potential.

So, the next time you’re tempted to delay a task, ask yourself why. Then break it down into smaller steps and tackle them one at a time.

Remember, every journey starts with a single step. Say goodbye to procrastination and hello to productivity. 

2. Negativity

Let’s face it, life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. But, dwelling on the negative aspects can really bring you down and stop you from moving forward.

Negative thoughts and attitudes act like anchors holding you back. It’s time to cut loose from this habit. 

Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, try to find something positive in every situation, no matter how small.

Also, surround yourself with positive people; their energy is infectious.

By saying goodbye to negativity, you’re opening the door to a happier, more positive you. 

3. Comparing Yourself to Others

I used to constantly compare myself to my friends, colleagues, even strangers on social media.

It felt like everyone was doing better, achieving more, living happier lives. It was exhausting and honestly, kind of depressing.

Then one day, I realized something important – I was comparing my behind-the-scenes with their highlight reels.

Everyone has their own struggles and challenges that we don’t see.

Instead of comparing myself to others, I started focusing on my own journey.

I set personal goals and celebrated my own achievements, no matter how small.

And guess what? I became happier, more confident, and yes – a better person.

So trust me when I say, saying goodbye to this habit is a game-changer!

4. Not Expressing Gratitude

It’s easy to take things for granted and focus on what we don’t have.

But this mindset can leave us feeling unsatisfied and always wanting more.

That’s where gratitude comes in.

It’s about appreciating what you have, no matter how small. It could be a kind word from a friend, a beautiful sunset, or even the simple fact that you woke up this morning.

Expressing gratitude has been shown to boost happiness and reduce depression.

So why not make it a habit?

Start by taking a few moments each day to reflect on what you’re thankful for. Write it down if you can. You’ll be surprised at how this simple act can change your perspective and make you feel more content.

5. Ignoring Your Health

I was once guilty of this.

Between work, family and everything in between, taking care of my health always seemed to take a backseat.

I’d skip meals, opt for fast food instead of cooking, and convince myself I was too busy for exercise.

But one day, my body had enough. I fell ill and it was a wake-up call. I realized that if I didn’t take care of my health, everything else would fall apart.

So, I made small changes – a short walk during lunch break, swapping out junk snacks for fruits, dedicating a few minutes each day to unwind and relax. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.

Now, I feel more energetic, more focused and overall, better about myself.

So trust me when I say this – taking care of your health should be a priority, not an afterthought. Say goodbye to neglecting your health and hello to a healthier you!

6. Being Afraid of Failure

Failure sucks. It’s embarrassing, it’s discouraging, and it can make you question your worth.

But here’s the raw truth – failure is a part of life. It’s how we grow, learn, and become better.

If you’re so scared of failing that it stops you from trying, then you’re holding yourself back.

And honestly, that’s the biggest failure of all.

So, let’s make a pact right here, right now. Let’s embrace failure. Let’s see it for what it really is – an opportunity to learn and grow.

Say goodbye to the fear of failure and hello to growth and resilience.

Absolutely, here’s the final point:

7. Living in the Past or Future

We all do it. We either dwell on past mistakes, or we worry about what the future holds.

But did you know that this habit can actually rob you of your happiness?

According to the Harvard Gazette, people spend almost 46.9% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing.

This mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy.

The truth is, you can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future. All you have is now.

By focusing on the present moment, you can enjoy life more fully and reduce stress and anxiety.

So let’s make a conscious effort to live in the present.

Say goodbye to dwelling on what was and what could be, and say hello to enjoying what is. 

8. Ignoring Your Passion

This one hits close to home for me. For years, I was stuck in a job that didn’t fulfil me. I was good at it, it paid the bills, but it didn’t make me happy.

My real passion was writing. Every time I put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, I felt alive.

But I kept telling myself it was just a hobby, something to do in my spare time.

Until one day, I decided to take a leap of faith. I started dedicating more time to writing, and eventually turned it into my career.

And I’ve never been happier.

So, if there’s something you love doing, don’t ignore it. It doesn’t have to be your career, but make sure it’s a part of your life.

Say goodbye to ignoring your passion and hello to a life full of joy and fulfillment. 

9. Not Setting Boundaries

Here’s a hard truth – if you don’t respect your own time and space, nobody else will.

You can’t always be available for everyone, doing everything. It’s exhausting and it’s not fair to yourself.

Learning to say ‘no’ can be liberating and it’s a crucial part of self-care. Saying ‘no’ doesn’t mean you’re selfish; it means you’re taking care of you.

So, let’s start setting boundaries and protect our mental peace. When you stand up for yourself, you make room for better things to come into your life.

10. Ignoring Emotional Health

We take care of our bodies, but what about our minds? Mental health is just as important, if not more.

It’s time we stop brushing our feelings under the carpet and start dealing with them. Talking about your feelings isn’t a burden; it’s a step towards healing.

It’s okay to seek help when you’re feeling low or overwhelmed.

Remember, taking care of your mental health isn’t a sign of weakness, but a strength.

In fact, acknowledging that you need help is one of the bravest things you can do.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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