10 Habits You Need To Eliminate in 2023

It’s already mid-year, have you stuck to your new-year goals? Studies show that 90% of people abandon new-year goals within the first three months. Whether or not you are among the 90%, this article details 10 habits that you should let go of if you want to end 2023 on a high note.

One big difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people seize the moment to act on their goals. – Havard Business Review. What makes people not achieve their goals? This article looks at habits that delaying your success and how you can get back on the bandwagon and achieve your goals.

1. Procrastination

I believe that what we can dream, we can achieve. Having struggled with procrastination before, I also know that some goals can be overwhelming and this kills our drive to act. Unfortunately, many people wait until it’s too late to take the reins of their lives. You don’t have to let procrastination destroy your productivity and prevent you from achieving your goals. Break the cycle of postponing tasks by setting realistic deadlines, prioritizing your work, and breaking it down into smaller, manageable steps.

“Embrace the habit of taking action promptly and watch your productivity soar. Your future self will thank you.”

– Author

2. Negative Self-Talk

Be gracious to yourself. Nobody is perfect, and neither can any human being attain perfection. Constant self-criticism and negative self-talk can erode your self-esteem and confidence. Replace self-defeating thoughts with positive affirmations and practice self-compassion. Cultivate a habit of self-belief and watch how it transforms your outlook on life.

As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.

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3. Unhealthy Eating

We are what we eat. Unhealthy eating habits can have a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being. Reduce your consumption of processed foods, sugary snacks, and fast food. Instead, prioritize whole, nutritious foods and create a balanced meal plan. Developing healthier eating habits will provide you with the energy and vitality you need to thrive.

“Invest in your body by eating right; it is your biggest asset.”

– Author

4. Excessive Screen Time

In the digital age, excessive screen time has become a pervasive habit that can negatively affect our mental health, sleep patterns, and overall well-being. Establish boundaries around your screen time and incorporate activities such as reading, outdoor exercise, or spending quality time with loved ones. Make a conscious effort to be present in the real world and foster meaningful connections.

“Exercise discipline and control over your devices so that you may not become a slave of them.”


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5. Lack of Physical Activity

It is no doubt that sedentary lifestyles have become increasingly prevalent, leading to numerous health issues. Break the habit of inactivity by incorporating regular exercise into your routine. Find physical activities that you enjoy and make them a part of your daily life. Whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga, or dancing, staying active will improve your physical health and enhance your mood.

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. Whatever you do just keep moving forward.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

6. Worrying too much

If something is out of your control, don’t let it bother you and if it is within your control, do something about it. Excessive worrying is a habit that drains our energy and can lead to anxiety and stress-related disorders. Challenge the habit of worrying by focusing on solutions rather than problems. Practice mindfulness and engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises. In addition, don’t let someone’s opinion of you drag you down. Everyone has an opinion – they barely count. Take advice wisely but don’t be a pushover.

“You deserve peace and only you can give yourself peace.”

– Author

If you find yourself anxious about money, read this article on how to overcome money anxiety.

7. Lack of Self-Care:

This probably deserved to be number 1 on this list. Neglecting self-care is a habit that can lead to burnout and a diminished sense of well-being. Make self-care a priority by dedicating time to activities that rejuvenate and nourish your mind, body, and soul. Whether it’s taking a bath, reading a book, or pursuing a hobby, self-care habits will recharge your energy and enhance your overall quality of life.

“If you can’t love and care for yourself, how can you care for another?”

– Author

8. Consuming political news.

Does mainstream media ever report anything good? Political news (in my opinion) tends to be very useless and does not add value to you, the consumer. It also tends to harbor negative energy. I understand that it is prudent to be informed, but do not overconsume political news. If you cannot avoid consuming political news, limit political news consumption to between 5 and 30 minutes a day. According to the Guardian, news is not good for you (how ironic) because it leads to fear and aggression. It also hinders your creativity and makes you sick. Research has also shown that bad news triggers human emotions and polarizes people. Bad news also generates a greater audience, and thus more revenue as compared to good news. Why wouldn’t big media want to change this narrative? Refuse to be a pawn for big media.

“News harbors negative energy which can take a toll on your mental and even physical health.”

– Author

9. Quitting too soon

90% of all new year goals revolve around fitness, self-development, and financial well-being. A recent study shows that only 9% of people achieve their new-year goals. Why? People simply quit too soon. Motivation associated with the new-year goals erodes rapidly. We are now in mid-2023, complete that goal you set in January and your future self will thank you.

“Don’t give up on yourself. Complete that goal and keep saving and saving.”

– Author

10. Investing yourself in toxic people that don’t add value to your life.

Dealing with toxic people is hectic. They drain your mental energy, leave you confused and unsure of yourself and steal your joy. The funny thing is that they always seem to enjoy it or not care about the repercussions of their actions and words. If you want to thrive mentally and physically, ditch the habit of hanging out with toxic people and surround yourself with positive people that can build and encourage you.

“You are the sum of the five people that surround you.”

– Author


By identifying and eliminating these ten habits in 2023, you can create space for personal growth, happiness, and success. Remember that change takes time and effort, so be patient and kind to yourself during the process. Embrace the opportunity to develop new, positive habits that align with your goals and values. As you bid farewell to old habits, embrace the exciting journey of transformation and personal evolution that lies ahead.

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