Kick The Habit: 12 Inspirational Quotes To Inspire Change

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Apr. 4 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Shaking off bad habits can be difficult, especially when you lack the inspiration to move forward. However, when it comes to personal growth and self-improvement, words hold transformative power that can reshape habits and direct the trajectory of our lives.

To help individuals unlock the mindset to kick negative behaviors out of their lives, we’re looking at common (and not-so-known) breaking bad habits quotes to help motivate change. Here are 12 inspirational quotes to help you cease bad habits for good and improve your lifestyle.

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”

— Socrates, Philosopher

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

— Oprah, Media Mogul

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“I just never, ever want to give up. Most battles are won in the 11th hour, and most people give up. If you give up once, it’s quite hard. If you give up a second time, it’s a little bit easier. Give up a third time, it’s starting to become a habit.”

— Lewis Gordon Pugh, Endurance Swimmer

“If you’re gonna make a change, you’re gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.”

— Tony Robbins, Author, Coach, and Speaker

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

– Dr. Maya Angelou, Poet, Author, and Activist

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“People who self-handicap purposely shoot themselves in the foot in order to protect themselves from having to confront their possible shortcomings. Many self-handicapping behaviors are those small, subtle bad habits like being late, gossiping, micromanaging, behaving passive-aggressively, or being a perfectionist. We may not recognize these self-defeating–and self-handicapping–traits for what they are. Or we may even wrongly perceive them as strengths. But in truth, they often get in the way of us blooming.”

― Rich Karlgaard, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement

“Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don’t put them both together by claiming you don’t have the time.”

Bo Bennett, Ph.D., Author, and Entrepreneur

“My number one daily habit is to give myself permission to be happy. It’s physical and mental; it’s my diet, physical activity, and emotional state. That’s all tied together.”

Michelle Obama, Former U.S. First Lady, Advocate, And Public Servant

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“We can use decision-making to choose the habits we want to form, use willpower to get the habit started, then – and this is the best part – we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. At that point, we’re free from the need to decide and the need to use willpower.”

Gretchen Rubin, Author of “The Happiness Project”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

— Dr. Maya Angelou

“Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.”

— Warren Buffet, Philanthropist

“When you change the habits of men, pretty soon the attitudes and the hearts will be changed.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pastor, Author, And Human Rights Leader

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By: Truth Hawkins

Truth Hawkins, a seasoned wordsmith with over a decade of experience spanning entertainment, culture, and lifestyle news, navigates the dynamic landscapes of pop culture, lifestyle, and music. More than a reporter, Truth is a dedicated storyteller, unearthing narratives that deeply resonate with readers and invites them to engage in meaningful conversations.

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