The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Change is often difficult, and stopping addictive patterns is arguably one of the most difficult changes to make. One of the most common ways to avoid making changes is to tell ourselves that we will do it another time—tomorrow, for instance. Telling ourselves that we will “quit tomorrow” is a very seductive approach to take since it allows us to feel as though we are addressing the problem while simultaneously absolving us of the responsibility of actually doing so. Although quitting an addiction is certainly more complicated than simply “doing it,” taking the initial steps is not. As today’s quotation reminds us, we will know that we have moved into the process of change when we start doing something differently, almost anything that somehow challenges the established patterns supporting our addictions. So go do it.