This month, I’m challenging myself to a “make-over”. A make-over in the sense of breaking a few “bad habits”. I realized that there are some bad habits in my life that I really need to change if I’m going to be successful in certain areas. So often we complain, get angry, frustrated, and even depressed about our situations and circumstances. And yet, so often those same situations and circumstances are created by bad choices we’ve made, actions we took, things we said, behaviors we displayed, or bad habits that we refuse to get rid of.
From personal, social, financial, educational, mental, physical or spiritual bad habits – we all have them in one shape or form. Just to name a few:
- being late often
- never saving any money
- smoking or drinking to deal with stress
- eating fast food everyday
- not exercising
- not getting enough sleep
- not being able to set aside electronic devices
- not being able to detach from social media for a day
- being a perfectionist
- watching too much TV
- never taking a break from work
- using credit cards for everything
- not sticking to your budget
- not paying attention during conversations
- not returning what you borrow
- not paying people back
- not finishing projects
- worrying but never taking action
- using excessive foul language
- telling secrets
- always complaining
- being negative around others
- never listening to others’ advice
- giving up too easily
And then there are the 1000 other things that could go on the list! The point is, we all have certain bad habits in our lives that have hindered and are still hindering us from where God wants us to be. Procrastination and lack of discipline in two key areas are what I plan to focus on this month. Not only have these bad habits been keeping me from attaining a major goal in my life, but they have significantly hindered my success in other areas as well. You see, that’s how bad habits tend to work.
Let me give an example. It might have started off with late night snacking. Which led to late night drinking. Which led to not sleeping so well at night and oversleeping in the morning. Which led to skipping your morning workouts. Which led to rapid weight gain in a short period of time. Which led to you not caring and just throwing your diet completely out the window. Which led to daily overeating, which effected your energy levels and ability to focus at work. Which led to severe tiredness when you get home from work. Which led to all your free time being spent on the couch, watching TV, surfing the internet and social media. Which led to nothing being accomplished at home – dishes constantly in the sink, trash not emptied, etc. Which led to a lifestyle of laziness that put all your other hobbies, goals and dreams on the back burner.
Now while some of us, don’t allow our bad habits to spiral that far out of control, many of us do, and often without even realizing it. And even for those of us who don’t, we still go through several periods of “spiraling” even if they don’t last as long. While I understand life is a series of ups and downs, I stand on the Word of God which teaches that because of Christ, we don’t have to let our flesh (our emotions or feelings) “master” us. There is no “bad habit” that with the power of the Holy Spirit we can’t beat if we set out to. One of my favorite passages in regards to discipline and shaping ourselves into better Christians is I Corinthians 9:24-27:
This month I invite you to share in my “make-over” journey. Join me as I pick a bad habit or two to attempt to conquer one day at a time. Don’t worry about trying to “get over it” by month’s end. The goal here is two-fold:
- acknowledging we have a bad habit(s) that we need to work on
- acknowledging that we don’t have to accept them and realize that God has given us the power to break the bad habit(s)
I would love to hear from all of you about habits you want to overcome. Leave a comment below.
Let’s kick some bad habits together this month!