What's more difficult for you, "quitting a bad habit" OR "forming a good habit"?

@I_LUV_U (2519)
India
December 6, 2007 9:52pm CST
Don't confuse both to be one and the same, "quitting a bad habit" and "forming a good habit" are two different undertakings. Just as how "not doing bad" cannot be equivalent of "doing good", ceasing oneself from a bad habit is not the cultivation of a good habit. you see the difference? Although both require conviction and perseverance, the popular myth is, getting rid of a bad habit is relatively more difficult than forming a good habit. This may not necessarily be true in all cases. I've observed and experienced myself on a several occasions that withdrawing from a bad habit can be easier than forming a good habit. For example, excessive eating of junk food is a "bad habit" and exercising daily morning is a "good habit". The world is mostly of people who sincerely follow the former and neglect the latter, that is, most of them eat the junk regularly but hardly do work out. If all these people will need to lose weight, there are 2 routes before them to accomplish it. Either, 1) To starve, cutting on fats and carbohydrates completely and living on a diet resembling that of an ascetic in nutrition and quantity. This is more of self-deprivation and is an incorrect method. OR 2) To do rigorous workout hitting gym everyday twice and limit the eating of junk food. The first method requires you to suddenly quit your bad habit, whereas the second needs you to suddenly form a good habit. Yet, I bet, most people prefer the first one rather than the second. They would rather starve for a lifetime than labouring every morning and evening for a few months or utmost an year. 9 times out of 10, their zeal will end within a few days and things start seeming impossible very early, if they choose the second route. This is quite an evidence for the fact that proscription of a bad habit may not necessarily be tougher than cultivation of a healthy habit always. I think everything is subjective, set your mind firmly on something, toil hard and you are done. Easier said than done though. So, what's more difficult for you, "quitting a bad habit" or "cultivating a good habit"? What bad habit have you quit Or what good habit have you formed, of late? Do share your stories of success( or even failure for that matter).=)
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
7 Dec 07
My only bad habit is to smoke... and I cannot give it up because it is very very hard to give up an addiction... and I don't have a good reason... or the motivation... to give it up. Taking up a good habit is easy if you have the motivation to do so. However... if your good habit is to do exercise because you eat too much... I would choose eating less in order not to have to do the exercise. There is no-one who says that you have to starve. You simply eat too much for the amount of work you are doing. People can laugh all they want at smokers. But smoking actually suppress your appetite and keep you thin. In my opinion... there is no difference in the risk of getting sick between a smoker and a fat person eating too much. But that's my opinion.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
8 Dec 07
lol..you are perhaps the first person to justify smoking. In fact, there are loads of demerits compared to the merits of smoking.:p
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• Australia
8 Dec 07
First... just about every smoker will justify why they smoke... that's easy... I know that they are more demerits than merits in smoking. But at least there are some merits. What merit is there in eating too much and getting overweight?
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Dec 07
Not many smokers will justify smoking to be correct, actually, you may refer other responses in this discussion also. There is always a better and harmless refuge than smoking, under any circumstance. I understand what you mean, you are referring to the "excuses" people give for their smoking habits, I agree with you on that. As for eating too much, I was'nt being insistent anywhere that eating too much is acceptable and way less injurious compared to smoking. It's hazardous in its own right. The greatest merit in getting fatter is, fats can be lost and you can get get back in shape, whereas the slow & serious damage caused to lungs, heart, kidney, liver, etc by smoking is irrepairable. Forgive me, if I said something that was harsh for you, it was all & only for your good. Have a nice day.=)
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
7 Dec 07
It is hard for me to break a bad habit.I smoke and i hate it, i want to quit..I have tried time and time again, i will quit and than let one little thing happen that i get nervous or upset about and i will fall back into the smoking habit.I think it is the worst habit i have ever had and the hardest to get rid of...
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
8 Dec 07
No i have never tried that but i will, i will do anything to quit,i hate that i have this habit and i am going to make it my business somehow to quit.Thank you for this advice , i will really try.
@Lifeless (2638)
• India
8 Dec 07
Hi there.. I think nothing is difficult for me among the two u mentioned above.. I find it pretty easy to lose a bad habit quickly, and I also eager to learn good habits all the time.. So, it has never been a problem for me as such...
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
8 Dec 07
that's great, lifeless. Lifeless? your username is rather interesting :P
@jarves (814)
• Philippines
8 Dec 07
Quitting a bad habit or forming a good habit. This is a pretty difficult question. But in my opinion I think both are very difficult. They all share the same difficulties, but also it depends on the person really. Some people find it hard to stop an old bad habit while others find it hard to form a good habit. It really all depends on the person.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Dec 07
yea, ok, what about you?
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
7 Dec 07
My initial response would be quiting a bad habit would be more difficult than forming a new one. However, if I examine my past I find it was easier cutting smoking and drinking, than getting to the gym and pool four times a week. Getting into a healthy eating habit is also extremely difficult for me.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
8 Dec 07
Good habits are harder to form, but will be very useful in the long run. keep persevering. Good luck=)
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
7 Dec 07
well i would have to say quitting a bad habit, i have been smoking for a very long time and i really want to quit and i have tried things like chewing gum and stuff to replace the ciggareete but it doesn't work.so now i have to try to quit again,really what it is mind over matter and i just have to be consistent as well.take care hon.pattie
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@CEN7777 (858)
• India
7 Dec 07
Hi I_luv_u, I personaly feel that cultivating good habbits are more difficult than quiting bad habbits. One can quit his bad habbits if he has decided it from the depth of heart, because only he has to control and remain unactive or busy. While forming of good habbits will needs lot of work, controlled and continous effort to keep that habbit.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
8 Dec 07
You made very good points, my friend. I agree with you that emotional commitment and keeping oneself busy in other activities certainly helps in quitting bad habits.
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7 Dec 07
it's no denied for me that quitting a bad habit is the hardest thing.i'll not have lunch untill my work finished even though i'm hungry.some guys may consider i'm a conscientious person.but it's just me who don't know how to take care of myself well.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
you seem to be a strict disciplinarian.:-)
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@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
7 Dec 07
Both hard to do. Probably forming a good habit is harder because it is a foreign concept. I know of someone who goes to work at least 1 hour before all the other workers. Such a practice only becomes a habit after years of doing it because this is neither easy nor natural to start so early.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
Well said! I agree with you totally.=)
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@mdchennai (2129)
• India
7 Dec 07
Well friend, according to me both are equally difficult. At times we feel that quitting bad habit is easier and at some other time cultivating good habit. So it depends on the situation and the individual. But for me, both are equally difficult. At times, we get chance to quit bad habit or cultivate good habit. If we dont make use of the chance then it is going to be difficult.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
lol..there are too many good and bad habits(both to quit & form), if you can find - you can do it anytime. goodluck!
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
7 Dec 07
I think for me quitting a bad habit would be more difficult than adopting a good one.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
work hard on it.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Dec 07
This is a very interesting topic. To be honest, both are difficult for me:) As to which one is much more difficult, perhaps quitting a bad habit. You know the bad habit isn't formed in a day. It has shaped for a long time and therefore it is not easy to get rid of it.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
Even good habits are not formed in a day, especially the retention of a good habit for a long time is too tedious. But bad ones are a lot addictive, I feel.
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
7 Dec 07
i have read the whole discussion. i think you are right that it is more difficult for a person to quit the bad habits.I must say for myself it is not that much difficult to develop a good habit. But what i can remember now i have very less bad habits.lol. Still there are some which are though not very serious but are still difficult to change. I am trying hard to change them.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
Well, thanks for reading all of it, appreciated. But hey, I was'nt really insisting that one is better than the other. I too have very few bad habits, but it's quite hard for me to maintain a good habit for a long time.
7 Dec 07
Honestly, I think quitting a bad habbit is basically the hardest thing for me. Starting a good one is almost as hard, but not as hard for me.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
Yea, for many of them it is so as well.
@Omabunga (92)
• Philippines
7 Dec 07
It's the same thing for me, Quiting a bad habit is as difficult as developing a good one. This is if you are not that dedicated to change. You need to have the overflowing desire to change before you dare to change or develop a habit. Developing a bad habit though is very easy...
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
True, I always wonder why all bad habits are so easier to form than the good ones.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I think it is much harder to form the good habit. I thought I had formed a habit of drinking 9-11 glasses of water each day for about 6 weeks. Then I don't know what happened. I was back on the diet pop and barely drinking water. I am going to rededicate myself to drinking water and not so much pop. Wish me luck.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
I guess it will be possible to consume more water indirectly, in the form of juices. Try having lime juice everyday with less sugar, may be you will not get bored that soon.
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@drannhh (15088)
• United States
7 Dec 07
That might depend on how bad the person's bad habits are. For ordinary stuff, probably forming newer and better habits is a bit harder than ceasing old ones, but some bad habits lead to others. Lately I've developed what some people would regard as the bad habit of staying up too late and not getting up early enough. Being retired, though, I feel somewhat entitle to swim against this stream. So I haven't decided whether or not to try to replace this bad habit with a better one or not. I used to work nights, so then it was a good habit. Confused?
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
Geez, I too have this habit, my sleep cycle changes everyday. May be you're still in your night shift hangover, eh?
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@balasri (26554)
• India
7 Dec 07
I like to acquire new tastes and habits.But quitting the old habits is always a little difficult for me.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
7 Dec 07
like, for e.g:....
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Dec 07
Oh man, you are almost there, you are almost outta it. At this juncture, if you resist it with very ounce of energy you have, treat it like a deadly poison, you'll be free from it forever( unless you voluntarily choose to re-start it). good luck!
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@balasri (26554)
• India
15 Dec 07
I will listen to you.I-love-you and I mean it.
@silkyt34 (324)
• United States
7 Dec 07
talk about food for thought..lol but recently i have quit a bad habit i stopped smoking about 4 or 5 months ago and i started a good habit too... i joined a gym.. when i first joined i was extremely fortunate enough to be able to go everyday but do to my husbands work schedule and us only haveing one car we cant go everyday anymore but we do try to get there at least twice to three times a week but i just have to work out more and swim less... i am the one who wanted the gym but i am the one not losing any weight because i prefer to just go swim in the pool for two hours and only work out for half an hour...but it is definatly harder to keep up the good habit then it was to quit the bad habit but i am sooooo glad i did stop the bad habit
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
8 Dec 07
Congrats on quitting the worst habit of smoking. well done! You may jog to the gym everyday, if it's not too far, that gives a great warm up to your body. I thought swimming is also as good an exercise as gymming. You can practise more challenging techniques/styles in swimming if you are passionate about it to render a good exercise to your body.
@silkyt34 (324)
• United States
8 Dec 07
lol jogging to the gym isnt an option its 15 miles away from where i live.. i live way out in the country.. swimming is a great form of excercise i just have to start doing more then just swimming laps and playing with the kids in the water..lol
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
8 Dec 07
May be you can try skating then. Playing with kids in the water, eh? Then you will need to play for ever and ever and ever to lose weight.
@RA2_007 (151)
• India
7 Dec 07
Hmm yeh.It depends. I dont have many bad habits. But yet I think both can be equally difficult. It depends on what kind of habit you are talking about. for example its very difficult to get out of a bad habbit that have become an addiction. And some bad habbits that u had from very long time,like from child hood are also difficult to change but much easier compared to addictions. About good habbits they can often be formed more easily and with much lesser effort. The tough part is to get it started. A good habbit is always something that gived u a good result/improvement in ur health or social affairs. So once to get it started & once u start feeling that its making ur life better, U will never get out of it.. U will continue to stay on that habbit automatically, unless ofcourse its creating sme new issues for u. So making a new good habbit is often only one or two weeks effort, which is a much shorter period compared to time required for bad habbits.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Dec 07
yep, starting trouble, you make a good point there and also about continuing in a good habit which of course as a bad habit is hard to quit depending on how deep-rooted it is. Both requires hardwork, that is constant practice.
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@RA2_007 (151)
• India
15 Dec 07
true I LUV U I_LUV_U ;-)