There is some truth in this quote: “The only proper way to eliminate bad habits is to replace them with good ones.[1]” There are times when distraction can be a God-send.

The next time you want to engage in a bad habit follow these steps:

  1. Sit down and complete the following sentence:

I want to­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________when_____________________________(fill in the reason why.)

  1. Then write down what’s going on in your life at this point.
  2. Find a positive action to do instead.

For example, you might just be bored. Find something to do – go for a jog, read, watch appropriate TV, spend time with the family, work on that home remodeling project or abandoned hobby. Just keep busy. One gentleman said he watched less porn when he had a dog. When he felt the urge, he’d take the dog for a walk to the park and throw around the tennis ball.

In review: Examine why you want to watch porn and write it down, then find a good habit to replace it with. Rinse, lather, repeat. Rinse, lather, repeat.