Breaking the Cycle of Bad Habits




It’s far too easy to stay chained to the same bad habits day in and day out, even when you recognize the damage that’s being done. All of the education can’t help you when it’s time to make decision and pick a fork in the road, as far as following the same troubled path or stepping out in a new direction. While casino games such as slots or blackjack definitely fall into the bad habit category for many, they also can provide a great example of just what it takes to get rid of many of the bad habits that plague many daily.

The first step is to try to get to the root of the problem and ask yourself a simple question: why? The same person that blows paycheck after paycheck at the blackjack tables knows, on some level, that they’re not going to walk out one magic night as a millionaire instead. It’s no great secret that the odds are in the house’s favor, so someone returning to the same game stacked against them is chasing something else instead. Is it loneliness that drives them there, knowing there’s always a seat, a smile, and free drinks waiting for them? Self pity instead, as far as a way to “prove” the universe is against them and the only luck they have is bad luck?

Whatever the problem, there’s usually a core need being addressed, and often one that can instead be redirected in more fruitful ways. Once you’re honest with yourself and get to the heart of what’s behind many bad habits, you’re one big step closer to getting out of that particular rut. All the tips on responsible gambling in the world won’t help if the money you lose at the casino stems from another reason entirely than gambling addition.

Easier said than done? Of course, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. At the end of the day it’s going to be up to you to turn things around and break the bad habit cycle, whether that’s drinking or smoking too much or being too impatient and quick to anger with family and friends. In most cases it’s not the world that’s causing your problem but something inside you as well, and a little work and introspection can help you identify the source and start working on a solution.