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10 Toxic Habits of Unhealthy People

10 Toxic Habits of Unhealthy People

Unhealthy people have toxic habits that keep them unhealthy. Avoid these 10 toxic habits to ensure that you are living life to your full potential.

1. Always Assume the Worst

Unhealthy people always assume that the worst. They assume no one will like them, that they’ll always mess up, and that they’ll never be successful in their efforts. They predict others have evil intentions and they always predict the worst possible scenarios will come true.

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2. Possess an External Locus of Control

People with an external locus of control think that everything that happens to them is fate. They believe they just have bad luck and that they have no control over what happens to them in life. As a result, they take little responsibility for what happens in their lives and blame everyone else for their misfortune.

3. Believe in the Latest Health Fads

Toxic people tend to jump on board with the latest health fads without conducting any research on their own. If someone makes a claim a that a new product can offer miraculous results, they’ll buy it. They aren’t able to critically analyze whether or not a product is likely to produce the results that are claimed.

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4. Look for the Easy Way Out

They want quick and fast solutions. They expect immediate results and don’t believe that hard work will get them to where they want to be. Instead, they expect that if something is going to change, it should happen now.

5. Don’t Set Goals for Themselves

Toxic people don’t create goals for themselves. They don’t work toward reaching anything in life. Often, they can say that they want things to be better but they don’t try to establish strategies to help improve their situation.

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6. Feel Jealous of Others Success

They tend to feel jealous when other people are successful. They often feel angered by people who are more attractive, earn more money, or have a better life. They don’t stop to look at the hard work a person has put in to gain that success, but instead believe that it isn’t fair that the same success hasn’t come their way.

7. Blame Their Health on Genetics

They don’t tend to take responsibility for their health. Instead, they blame their weight or illness on genetics. They think that if they had a mother with diabetes, they’re doomed to have it to. Instead of recognizing their genes may help them identify risk factors, they just presume that their genes make their health problems inevitable and they make no attempts to remedy the situation.

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8. Don’t Listen to Knowledgeable Experts

Toxic people tend to dismiss the advice they receive from knowledgeable experts. They don’t listen to doctors, dentists, therapists, or financial counselors. They write these people off as “stupid” and tend to want to dispute any advice that encourages them to take responsibility for their own behavior.

9. Avoid Creative Problem-Solving

Unhealthy people tend to think there is just one way to solve a problem. If that solution doesn’t work, they don’t try to resolve the problem in another way. As a result, they often remain stuck because they can’t get around a problem by using creativity. Almost any problem has multiple solutions and a little creativity can go a long way to finding solutions but toxic people prefer to avoid attempting to resolve them.

10. Gossip About Everyone and Everything 

Instead of focusing on how to improve their lives, they focus on judging everyone else. They revel in other people’s problems and mistakes and announce their business to the world. They spread rumors and take great joy in gossiping about others. Instead of trying to improve their own lives, they spend their time talking about what others should be doing differently.

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Amy Morin

A psychotherapist, psychology instructor, keynote speaker, and the author of the bestselling book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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