You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, “I release the need for this in my life.” (Wayne Dyer, self-help author)
As we grow, we develop habits—both good and bad—that often begin to control our thoughts and actions. The longer we continue in those routines, the harder it is to move away from them. Change is difficult because we think we need them. Dyer’s counsel can be very helpful. Recognize the unhealthy habit and determine it isn’t something you need to be healthy.
[A true expression of faith] is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. (Paraphrase of Romans 2:29)