Yes, you read that right. It actually is, though may not be comfortable! Rick Warren says: Whatever you want to change in your life, don’t resist it; replace it.
Change becomes difficult when you just want to use willpower to stop a habit. But know this: there’s no vacuum in life. Once a habit is established, it has already taken root in the deep corners of your sub-consciousness. Getting it out would leave a void which is constantly craving for the return of that thing. That is why people relapse back into old habits. And that’s the same reason why New Year resolutions don’t last.
So one way to deal with that is to put something else in there. That is why addictions’ counselors talk of Methadone Maintenance Therapy for those who want to quite opioid addiction especially Heroin. How that works is that the methadone binds with the receptors in the brain that crave for Heroin. Fortunately, the receptors can’t make a difference between the two, and the good thing about methadone is that there is no “high” or changes in behaviour associated with it.
I also know a colleague who has terminated his nicotine addiction by switching to vape. When you start thinking about something positive instead of something negative, something good instead of something evil, the old will lose its appeal and won’t have its allure anymore.
The key to change is right in the fingertips of most people. You can change the channel to another one; you can X that webpage, and go to something different. You can find something more interesting and healthier to replace that dangerous habit. Go to the stores, and you will find many brands of the same product. This generation is loaded with alternatives.
Change becomes difficult when we are not ready to change; when we are not ready to make a compromise; when we are not willing to yield our ground. But when we approach change with the mindset of a win-win by finding suitable alternatives, it takes a new turn entirely.