I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Every addiction starts with a bad habit

on February 26, 2013

blue and green world headHabits are routines of behaviour that are repeated regularly and occur without thought.   We develop habits by doing something over and over again often on a daily basis until they become part of us.   Research shows that it takes about 21 -30 consecutive days to create a new habit.

When we are children we form basic habits like getting dressed, eating, bathing, going to school.  Learning to tie shoes is a habit and once learned we don’t even think about it anymore.  As we grow we continue to develop more habits both good and bad.  The good ones help us navigate through life without spending a lot of time thinking about what we are doing.  The bad ones can become irritating issues or major problems that will eventually destroy our lives.

Addictions are just bad habits that we have allowed to control our lives.   We don’t realize that when we smoke one cigarette, drink that first drink or take that first drug that it might just become a habit.   It may not seem like a bad thing in the beginning because we can wait a few days until the next time, but too many times it becomes a daily habit and than we no longer have control over what we do.  The addiction has taken hold and our life has become unmanageable.

Children will develop their habits from what they hear and see.  If people around them are using good behaviours they are likely to develop good habits.  If people around them are using bad behaviours they are likely to develop bad habits.   Adults should be setting good examples to our younger generation so they will not develop any bad habits which could result in serious addictions.

We can become addicted to almost anything if we do it excessively and it interferes significantly with normal daily living.    This can include eating, gambling, viewing pornography, drinking caffeine, watching TV, exercising and so on.  We can even become addicted to harmful behaviours such as anger and bitterness.

If you have an addiction, try to work on breaking this out-of-control habit by creating a new habit that will take the place of the old habit.  Addictions are hard to overcome, so you will have to work hard every day and keep busy doing other things.  It will take longer than the 21-30 days it takes to form a new habit but with a lot of patience and a committment to changes, you can succeed.  Joining a support group is extremely helpful.  If you have a family member or friend who has an addiction, try to encourage them to create new habits and support them in their efforts.

Do you have any bad habits?

Have your bad habits become addictions?

Make a plan today to work on eliminating your bad habits and addictions.  You are worth it and you can do it!


The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.  ~Samuel Johnson

 Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.  ~Mark Twain
A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.  ~Frank A. Clark 

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.  ~Somerset Maugham
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.  ~St. Augustine
The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.  ~Feodor Dostoevski
 Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.  ~Spanish Proverb
 The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.  ~Eng’s Principle
 The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it.  ~Leo Aikman
Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all.  ~Georges Gurdjieff




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