Habits are what you choose to do regularly. Successful people have created their life by doing habits that build on each other. By doing their habits, they slowly progress towards what they are trying to achieve. If you smoke cigarettes, drink excess caffeine, or do other self-destructive habits such as excessive masturbation, overeating, or any negative feedback loop type habit, you have to change something. You can start by changing slowly and using your momentum to continuously improve. If you try to stop smoking and stop drinking coffee at the same time, you are setting yourself up for failure. Each one of those habits are difficult to stop alone. It could be done, but not as easy as stopping one thing at a time.
I used to masturbate excessively. It is hard to admit that because the truth hurts. The path to recovering is a long and stressful one. I tried stopping but would always revert back to doing it because it was a habit. I had already started working out and used that forward momentum to drastically reduce my masturbation habit. I focused on bettering myself until I do not even see masturbation as an option. The first step to improving myself was acknowledging where I was at. You must admit the truth about what you are trying to change. If you don’t see it as a problem, then why change? Ask yourself: What are you trying to achieve? What are you doing to achieve that?
Sink or swim?