Quitting isn't so much canceling out a part of your life so much as it is teaching yourself better habits. Reason stands that if you taught yourself to eat a certain way you can teach yourself to eat a different way. Same goes with working out. Same goes with studying. Same goes with everything.
Many of us have things we want to stop doing, we just don't know where to even start. The task at hand is enormous, looming over us like some horrifying personal monstrosity.
Quit being the hostage. Make the monstrosity your bitch.
Step 1: Decide on a Day
Pick a day to quit.
You need a goal, and what's a goal without a deadline but merely a wish?
Step 2: Clean Out the House
To get ready for this day, clean your house out of what you're quitting. Either have a party with your friends to help demolish whatever it is or dump it in the trash. If it's an action, put away everything you can that sparks your decent into the habit you want to shake.
The less tempted you are, the easier it is to occupy your mind with new things.
Step 3: Survive Day 1
Don't give in. That's it. That's all you need to succeed at Day 1. You can do one day, can't you?
This will prove to you that you have the willpower to not give in to temptation. You are stronger than you know.
Step 4: Survive Failure
Instead of throwing your hands up in defeat after failing to adhere to a new habit, TRY AGAIN. Seriously. Go back to step one and see how long you can make it this time. If you are determined to succeed, each attempt will become easier and easier and easier. Rome was not built in a day. Neither are your habits.
Habits are our brains being lazy. It wants to to be on autopilot so badly that it will keep you at your bad habit even if you know this habit is terrible for you. Read this for further explanation. This means that you will probably slip up, especially if you're tired and really just can't deal with the stress of the day on top of trying to learn a new habit. Learning to accept and move on from failure is just as important as learning how to break and build habits.
Step 5: Make It Fun
To make things easier on yourself, you need to associate this new habit with good feelings. For working out, blast your favorite soundtrack. For eating, reward your good choices with performing an activity that you enjoy.
Each time you think of this new habit, you'll get excited because it's paired with something you really enjoy.
Step 6: Celebrate!
When you've finally overcome something that's been plaguing you, it's important to mark that time as something worth celebrating.
It's an acknowledgement of your accomplishment -- a public announcement that, yes, you can. Just be sure to not celebrate by indulging in whatever it was you were quitting in the first place.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.