1. Choose a super secret codeword- try a word that makes you feel powerful and in control.
2. Take a few minutes and close your eyes. Imagine a scene -real or created-where you felt extremely happy, content and powerful. See it all play out in vivid detail. Feel the emotions and really get into it.
3. When you believe these positive feelings have reached their peak, take your thumb and index finger and tug your right earlobe for three seconds, take a deep breath and say your codeword.
4. Each time from now on that you find yourself about to bite those nails, wolf down that chocolate sundae or engage in any other bad habit, tug that earlobe, take that breath and say that codeword.
5. Choose to distract yourself with a different, empowering thought or activity.
When done on a consistent basis this technique rewires the unconscious mind so that it no longer relies on negative behaviors for fleeting comfort, making it much easier for you to eliminate your bad habit for good.
Stick with it and always remember that you control your awareness and you’re the boss.