Habits. We all have them. Good. Bad. And yes, ugly ones too.
Bad habits will cause us to lose a job, ruin relationships, drop out of school, end up broke, land in jail or even die young. On the other hand, good habits will cause us to be the esteemed employee, the go-to person, the pillar of the community, the success story, financially secure, fit and in good health, and of course, a good example. In general, we all have at least a few habits we could, and should, lose. And we all definitely need to implement some new, good ones.
We are all great at thinking about starting a new habit or kicking a bad habit, and some folks are even good at planning it all out. It’s the doing that we have problems with. Yep, you know who you are, and I am just as guilty. So, together, right now, let’s choose a habit to change and get started. Only one though. It’s much easier to focus on one issue at a time, but after a month, when your new habit is set or the old one is gone (we’re told it takes 28 days to form a new habit) it will be easier to add or remove another one.
There are two kinds of people when it comes to changing a habit. The first group is excited about the possibility of change. Something new and better in their lives is a good thing and they are pumped about it. They are telling other people, posting and tweeting about it and gathering everything they need for the big change. Then there’s the other group – they are more fearful or concerned about the changes. They are not telling anyone. They are almost comfortable with life the way it is. It’s what they know. Change gives them palpitations and fear of the unknown creeps into their dreams with ‘what if’.
Both those feelings are not unusual. Just don’t let either one rule you. You rule your feelings. Don’t allow yourself to get on such a high that you crash on day 6 and don’t let fear rule you and hold you back from doing what you want to do.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. – Philippians 4:13. Whenever you become discouraged, (and you will) remember this verse. In fact, I suggest you write this out on paper and post it everywhere you frequent; bathroom, bedside, work, kitchen, tv area, exercise area, inside the fridge, anywhere your new or old habit would have you go. Write it, think it, believe it, read it, speak it out, and whatever else you can do with it. lol Jesus will give you the strength you need to do the right thing.
If you have not yet decided which habit goes or stays, you should hurry! Don’t waste another day. Life is too short not to live it better. You can do this.
What is your new habit or which habit is getting the boot?