“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” ~ Brian Tracy
What are some habits you have? Are they good or bad?
Healthy habits are important to our overall lifestyle. They can benefit you mentally, spiritually, and even physically! A healthy habit can be as simple as eating a healthy breakfast or doing your devotional every morning for twenty minutes.
The Create Good Mornings website shares a few great tips to develop these healthy habits!
- Focus on the most immediate benefit
What is it that you want to benefit from? If your goal is to have devotional time every morning, start with a couple of minutes a morning. Rather than forcing yourself to do a two-hour devotional, focus on just doing it! The hardest part is getting started. “Keep your vision big, but your focus small.”
- Build in reminders
You can have the best intentions to form a healthy habit, but what if you can’t remember to follow through? Tracking is a huge part of habit building. Keep a physical system of logging your daily completion. Doing so is an incredibly powerful tool that gives you a subconscious desire to follow through. If you can’t find time to incorporate your new habit, try changing the time of day. Your mornings may be consumed with other things, so evenings may have to do.
- Create Accountability
Being accountable for something simply means you’re, to some level, responsible for it. The next step is to find whether inner or outer accountability works better for you. I find that most people react better when they establish an accountability partner (outside accountability). These partners are responsible for holding you to your word. If you hold yourself accountable (inner accountability), it is much easier to make excuses or forget about your newly found healthy habit.
Ultimately we must remember every decision we make should be according to God’s will. When forming your healthy habit, just remember we are doing it to seek His glory not our own. This revelation takes the stress and pressure that habit building can bring and replaces it with healthy ambition.
Romans 12:2 (ESV) “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.“