EVERYONE has good and bad habits. It’s a part of our human nature. However, certain habits can be detrimental to our physical and psychological health. According to Meyer, “One of the best ways to form good habits and break bad ones is to focus on what you want to do and NOT what you want to stop doing. (Pg. 2) So, let’s start with a simple list to get you going:
- Pick one positive habit you want to incorporate into your life style. Also, pick one bad habit you want to conquer. Write them both down.
- Begin with adding a good habit into your life style before moving on to the bad habit. For instance, if you want to exercise more and you haven’t done so in a long time, create a realistic, achievable goal. The goal could be making it to the gym twice a week for 45 minutes. Even if you just go to walk or stretch, create the repetition of going to the gym.
- Be active. Meyer quotes, “God’s Word encourages us to be active and by being active we can shut the door to laziness, procrastination and passivity.” (Pg. 7) Passivity means that you do not discipline yourself, but instead you wait to be moved by some outside force. This is a huge way for the enemy to gain a foothold in your life. Take responsibility for your own wellness!
- Begin every day with God. God created you. He knows you better than you know yourself. Of course he wants to help you be the best person you can possibly be. “But I say walk and live [habitually] in the Holy Spirit [responsive, controlled and guided by] then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh.” [of human nature without God] Galatians 5:16
- Tape your new goal on your mirror with a motivational quote so you can see it every day! Remember, it takes roughly 60 days to make or break a habit. Don’t be discouraged with yourself if you have not arrived at success, but be proud of yourself that you are pressing toward positive change!