10 Powerful Questions & Answers About Habits

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Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair & Scott H. Young.

I recently approached Scott to write a guest post for this blog. He responded with a request that I pose some pertinent questions that he could answer. So I did.

As he has already written an ebook on ‘How To Change A Habit’ I decided to explore the wonderful world of habits.

1. How would you advise someone on how to overcome any bad habits?

My basic suggestion is to try a 30-day trial. Trying to do a permanent commitment can be difficult, but a 30-day experiment can give the inertia many people need to change their habits.

2. What are some good habits to have?

Exercising regularly, eating right, having a morning ritual, flossing–there are too many to mention. Most of us already know which good habits we’d like to have, we just struggle implementing them!

3. Where do we learn our habits?

Habits are a necessary part of life. Conscious control of behavior is limited, so most actions take place on autopilot.

4. Is it easy or difficult to get rid of a bad habit?

It depends. Some bad habits can be deleted permanently with simple tricks, others are more stubborn. I think we’re all aware of the bad habits we have difficulty breaking, I simply want to suggest techniques that might help people do better.

5. What good habits do you most admire?

It depends on which goals I’m considering. For work, I admire focus. For social life, I admire extraversion and friendliness.

6. How can we develop a good habit?

Do a 30-Day Trial. It’s a good place to start.

7. How can we get rid of bad habits?

Same process. Do a 30-day trial. Eliminating bad habits often means trying to seek replacement for the needs that were fulfilled by the bad habit. So if you used overeating or smoking to fulfill a social need, let’s say, then you should consider trying to find more constructive outlets for those needs when trying to eliminate the bad habit.

8. Which bad habit do you think would be the most difficult to get rid of? Why?

Addictions which involve chemical dependencies can be difficult because the physiological impacts of the habit are deep.

9. Which good habit do you think would be the most difficult to develop? Why?

Lot’s of “good” habits are hard to develop because they’re infeasible. Good habits shouldn’t be too hard to start, otherwise you haven’t considered how to truly integrate them into your life.

10. Are we be born with our bad habits? Or do we acquire them from the environment surrounding us?

Habits come from experience. If you change the environment, you can often change the habit.

Scott H Young is a speed-reading, vegetarian, holistic learning, productivity hacking recent university graduate. And, for the last five years he’s been experimenting to find out how to get more from life. He doesn’t promise that he has all the answers, just a place to start.


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