1. Deal with excuses. This is a great first step to take, no matter which habit you are trying to change. Think about what has been stopping you from taking up a new habit you want to try, and brainstorm potential solutions.Let's take using cloth towels instead of paper towels for cleanup:Excuse: "Some things are just too gross to wipe up with cloth." Solution: Use really cheap rags for messy chores and throw them right in a hamper in the kitchen. Also, don't be afraid to replace old rags from time to time — and go ahead and keep a roll of paper towels hidden away for emergencies. No one said you have to go cold turkey.