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mw5280: "I'm here to commit to paying off debt, not psychoanalysis."

mapletree: "How's that worked out so far?"

To follow up on mapletree's quip, I am going to suggest that several years' worth of repeating failed patterns cannot be changed without deep, honest self-reflection.

In my case, deep, honest self-reflection about ten years ago showed me that 40 years' worth of diet and exercise plans repeatedly failed because I had failed to identify certain root causes - a need to change too much too soon, a need to see tangible results every week, a need to push myself too hard, all of which caused me to try too hard and to give up again and again.

Once I decided to take baby steps, such as walking an hour a day rather than running, giving up sodas one year and french fries the next rather than going on diets, I slowly changed my life for the better and have kept it changed for ten years.

You may again be repeating a doomed pattern of trying to do too much, to soon if you do not understand the root causes of your behaviour.

I would suggest you ask yourself, "what really makes me happy?" and perhaps, "can I make myself happier by learning to want less and to need less?"

Can I be happier by cooking meals for the following work week rather than eating out so often?

Can I be happier by reading more library books and depending less on expensive technological entertainment?

Can I be happier by staying home all day and not using the car?

Etc.

Repeating failed patterns require serious, deep self reflection that borders on psychoanalysis.

Mapletree's quip was pointed but perhaps insightful.
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