10 Bad Habits You Must Eliminate from Your Daily Routine
Bad habits are insidious; they build up slowly, without you realizing the damage they cause.
By Dr. Travis Bradberry
Author of #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and president of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence.
You are the sum of your habits. When you let the bad ones get the better of you, they hinder your path to success. The trouble is that bad habits are insidious; they build up slowly, without you realizing the damage they cause.
“The chains of habit, too light for you to feel them, eventually become too heavy for you to break them. (Warren Buffett)
Breaking these bad habits requires a lot of willpower not just a little. However, studies show that it’s worth the effort because self-control plays a very important role in success.
Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman, psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a study in which they measured IQ and self-control in a sample of first-year students. Four years later, they looked at the average grades of these students and found that self-control was twice as important as IQ in achieving a high average.
The self-control required to develop good habits (and get rid of bad ones) also serves as the basis for a strong work ethic and high productivity. It works like a muscle to develop it; make it work. You can do this by breaking the bad habits below:
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