Researchers say 90% of our lives run on auto-pilot. A habit is simply an action done repetitiously without a conscience effort. John Dryden, the famous English poet once said, “First we make our habits. Then our habits make us.”
Developing new habits are like sending a spaceship into the space. Colossal firepower and energy of the rocket is needed to get the ship off the ground. Once in orbit, it continues on its own. Our good habits are formed in similar way.
So how do we go from bad habits to forming new ones? Identify your bad habit (anger, overeating, frivolous spending, and negative thinking and so on) and replace it with good. Focus on one habit at a time giving at least thirty days to change. Don’t be discouraged if you fail in the middle. That is part of the process. Don’t give into condemnation. Get up and keep going again. Changing a bad habit is as easy as ABC…
A. ASK God to help you change. You can expedite your transformation if you invite God to work with you. Find scriptures to support your case and meditate on them.
B. BELIEVE in yourself. You CAN change! No matter how long it has been, if you set your mind to it, you can do anything. Once you make a mental shift and attitude adjustment, you will be amazed how easy it is to develop good habits.
C. CREATE accountability by sharing with your close friends. When you tell others about your effort to change they will keep you on track and encourage you for your efforts. If you’re hitting it more than you’re missing it – you’re well on your way.
One reason Jesus came to the world was to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8 NLT). I believe and declare that 2013 will be the year you’ll break bondages and live the abundant life God has for you. I believe in you!
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