Breaking Bad Habits

This book really stresses trying to make a good habit before conquering a bad one. Once you have done so, it’s time to pick one bad habit to break. Write it down and put it somewhere visible so you don’t forget or lose faith in destroying this bad habit. Here is a simple guideline to get you started:

  1. Be careful how often you talk about breaking your bad habit. Meyer recommends telling one reliable accountability partner that can check in with you weekly to see how you are doing.
  2. Be motivated by reward! This is how I personally accomplished creating a good habit of going to the gym three times a week. After I got home from the gym, I would make myself a yummy post-workout smoothie. If I didn’t go to the gym, I couldn’t have it. It was that simple and it definitely worked.
  3. Be committed and ready to suffer for a season. Meyer quotes “Breaking a bad habit is much more difficult than incorporating a healthy habit.  You have to ask yourself how serious you are sticking to this goal.” (Pg. 35)
  4. Examine and learn what provokes you.  Do you do this bad habit when you are bored? Lonely? In front of the TV? With a certain friend? Start recognizing and avoiding your triggers!
  5. Pray every day that God will give you victory. I cannot stress this one enough! Joshua 1:8 reads, “This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your ways prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”
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