“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his CUSTOM was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. “ Luke 4:16
Habits are powerful. They drive our action. The majority of the things we do on a day to day basis we do because we have a habit of doing them. You drink from the same coffee mug, you talk to the same people, and you even watch the same television programs around the same time. I have found this to be true, you don’t necessarily do what you want to do; you do what you habitually do. If you could learn to master your habits, you will master your life.
Our habits determine our success and our failures.
Most successful people make it a habit of doing daily the things that will bring them the life they want. Habits create diligence and consistency which makes our life predictable and our rewards sure. Unfortunately like a dog that returns to its vomit, bad habits have predictions as well. They destroy our health, our finances, and relationships making our personal pain just as certain.
It takes just 21 days to form a habit.
A habit is formed when a routine has successfully slipped past the conscious mind into the subconscious where it is stored and triggered without a conscious effort. The only way that happens is through repetition and discipline. God understood this that is why He admonishes us to come to Him daily. In order to have Godly success you must make it a habit to meditate on His word repetitiously until the Word is driven into our subconscious and you can see yourself doing it. (Joshua 1:8)
Be intentional about the habits you create.
The Word of God is clear that Jesus develop specific habits. Jesus made it a habit of going to the temple (Luke 4:16); He habitually went to prayer (Luke 6:12); He habitually taught His disciples (Mark 10:1). He established habits in His life that created a successful life and so should you.
Below are seven steps that will help you create good habits:
1. Get a clear picture of the end result. (Proverb 29:18) A vision of a better you is the most powerful motivator for getting started. If you want to eat healthier, save more, or spend less time watching TV you must see yourself with the end result. Visualization principles open up the subconscious mind.
2. Develop strong enough reasons why you want the end result. (Habakkuk 2:2) For any goal to be realized it must be captured in time and space. Write it down! Spend time journaling about why you must form this habit. Explain to yourself why it is important and what benefits you will receive from it. This food that creates motivation to get started, and re-motivates when the attack is on.
3. Educate yourself. (Hosea. 4:6) Know your real cost in time and effort to form the habit. Understanding what it will cost you up front removes the element of surprise.
4. Prepare to be attacked. (Ephesians 6:12) Satan and your flesh will come against you with reasons not to stay disciplined. Prepare for those attacks with forethought and planning. You should already have an answer before the temptation arises.
5. Get reinforcements. (Romans 8:28) It is the Holy Spirit’s job to provide us with help. Call upon Him in your time of need. He will help you.
6. Stay disciplined. (1 Corinthians 9:27) Enforced obedience will keep you through the distasteful elements of habit development. But stay with it because as you repeat the behavior it becomes easier. What is easy for you, you find pleasure in it. What is pleasurable you do often. What you do often become habitual.
7. Continuation. After the habit is formed, it just requires a little maintenance to keep it strong. If you follow these steps, you will be on your way creating good habits.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer In Christ.