Vacuums, the absence of matter not the household appliance, are an amazing phenomenon.
A vacuum is a space where there is no matter. On Earth, nature doesn’t like a vacuum. So outside pressure will try to push particles into the vacuum to fill the empty space inside of the vacuum.
Our lives our like a vacuum.
We’ll clear out a couple of bad habits. We’ll feel good about ourselves. We’ll think we’re doing great.
Except we forgot to fill the empty space created by ridding ourselves of the bad habits.
There will be a void left in our lives. An empty space longing to be filled. And it will find something to fill itself with.
We must fill that void or the bad habits will come back with a vengeance.
This is why you need to be intentional in filling any void you create in your life. If you don’t, you’ll unconsciously find something to fill it with.
- stop smoking: Find a substitute for the feeling of a cigarette in your hand and mouth. Otherwise your natural inclination will be to reach for a cigarette to satisfy that urge.
- stop watching TV: Have good books on hand to fill the empty space that no TV will leave. Discover outdoor activities that you enjoy.
- stop using negative words: Begin using words that bring a positive feeling. Let the words freely flow from your mouth. Make it second nature to speak goodness.
- stop sleeping in: Prepare what you will do when you first wake up. Fill it with an activity such as exercise, reading, or eating a balanced breakfast.
Clearing out the negative areas in your life is a great task to undertake. We just need to be careful to fill the void that breaking bad habits will leave.
Take simple steps to replace the old habits with new, healthy habits. Before you know it you’ll be at the top of your game.
Question: How do you fill the void left when you break a bad habit? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.