How to Start (and Keep) Good Habits
Imagine it’s late and you’ve had a long day. You were planning to exercise, fix yourself a healthy meal, then spend some time in God’s Word. Instead, you grab some pizza and binge TV shows.
Without realizing it, you just reinforced a habit.
Research suggests we all have “keystone habits,”† acquired patterns of behavior that form the basis of our daily routines. Change those, and you can change your life.
Here are 5 Ways to Develop Healthy Habits:
Remember whose you are. You are called by God and made in His image. Because of His great love for you, you have the ability to become more like the person God created you to be.
Identify the “why” behind your behavior.† Do you eat junk food because you like the taste? Or because you’re tired or bored? Once you know why you behave the way you do, it’s easier to replace unhealthy habits with better ones.
Draw close to God. When you prioritize time with God, you’re allowing Him to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2). Eventually, this will help you change the way you live.
Focus on one key habit. Consistently doing one thing well will yield results over time and make it easier to master other habits later.
Give yourself grace. You won’t always get it right… And that’s okay. When you stumble, “fall forward”: learn from your mistakes and keep going. God will still be right beside you, cheering you on.
It only takes a moment to start a healthy habit. Pick a Plan, and let God use that choice to begin transforming your daily routines.