Thought patterns which motivate habitual behavior and which make breaking bad habits difficult are - through hypnosis and/or self hypnosis - actually quite easy to change. In other words learning how to break bad habits is - if you know how and have desire to do so - nowhere nearly as tough as many people think. Breaking bad habits and overcoming addictions - "psychological" addictions - can seem almost impossible because changing bad habits can rarely be successfully accomplished through willpower alone.
The definition of a habit could range across the spectrum from having a basically harmless tendency to repeat a certain action to having some form of addiction to something or other.
Not all habits have a negative impact on your life. Instinctively looking left and right before stepping out onto a road for example, or automatically using defensive driving techniques are positive unconsciously learned habits.
However many habits do have serious potential to damage your health or life quality in some way, and once a certain form of habitual or learned behavior has become established, the conscious mind on its own finds these patterns extremely difficult or seemingly impossible to permanently break.
That's because habits - meaning anything from addiction to drugs to nail biting - have become recognised by the subconscious as coping mechanisms acquired to deal with feelings of stress, anxiety, vulnerability, boredom, low self esteem or other emotional problems which were experienced at one time or other.
While the emotional problem(s) related to the initial development of the habit may or may not still be relevant, the habit itself has become - through repetition - deeply ingrained and established and so consequently you feel as if you're stuck with it for life.
Obviously some habits such as smoking or addiction to certain other drugs also involve a certain level of physical dependency which also has to be dealt with, usually prior to the "re programming" of the subconscious to change its learned behavior relating to the continuance of the habitual behavior, whatever that may be.
Willpower on its own is very rarely sufficient or successful with regard to permanently breaking deeply rooted habits. Yes, the desire to overcome and break the habit needs to be in place, which quite possibly is why you're reading this now, but that desire has to be backed by the ability to actually do it.
The ability to succeed in breaking harmful habits already exists within your subconscious and it's through hypnosis and/or self hypnosis that that ability can be accessed and drawn upon to successfully and permanently break the pattern.
Hypnosis can be used to make you feel - and therefore think - that you for example no longer need or want cigarettes, and the same techniques can be applied to any form or level of habituated behavior.
The rational mind tells you that a bad habit is in some way detrimental to your quality of life, you know that you should stop it, and you want to break the habit, but learned and habitual behavior patterns which have become unconsciously ingrained don't respond to conscious commands, in that no matter how much you may not want to, you'll still sometimes find yourself acting on habit without thinking about it anyway.
That's because, as mentioned previously, your subconscious has learned these behavior patterns as necessary coping mechanisms. It still "thinks" that you in some way "need" to act out these behaviors in order to prevent some form of negative emotion like stress coming to the surface and hindering or damaging your ability to function effectively.
However you have now identified the habit itself as the negative factor here, and what's required with regard to breaking bad habits is quite simply to use the power of the mind to gain the most effective benefit of relaxation and positive suggestion to either quickly or gradually erase the seemingly automatic negative thought process which makes breaking bad habits feel hard and almost impossible to do. This will ultimately have the effect of freeing you completely from the tendency or urge to follow the old habit pattern, whatever it may have been, and feeling slightly amazed at how it could once have had such a hold on you.
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