Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. ~Josh Billings
Habits. We all have them, and the scary thing about them is they can unknowingly control us. They often determine how we spend our time and influence our budget, our health, and our relationships.
Habits can be a challenge to change. Most habits will not form overnight—they take time, dedication and even a little work to develop.
“Practice these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4:15 GW)
The good news is that habits require less practice and energy than they did when you first started to implement them into your life. Take brushing your teeth as an example. You don’t need to set an alarm or put a post-it note on your mirror to remind you to clean them every day.
I’m guessing you have heard before that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. While this may be true, it can take longer depending on the behavior changes you want to make. You are asking your brain to learn a new behavior and for some tasks, it may take longer. Simple behaviors like drinking an extra glass of water every day may be reached quickly while journaling or quitting late night snacking may take longer.
Today, I want to encourage you to choose ONE THING you desire to develop into a habit then “lock it in” so it becomes part of your lifestyle. Decide what your ONE THING is and then go all in.
If you mess up, don’t beat yourself up—you may make mistakes. Don’t look at your setbacks as failures, but rather opportunities to discover what doesn’t work for you. If you want to succeed in this area, you need to persevere.
Colossians 3:23 inspires me to faithfully keep working to form my ONE THING into a habit:
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
What about you? Is there something God is asking you to quit a bad habit or start a new one? Start by choosing ONE THING and commit your work to the Lord.
You might also be interested in “Willpower for the Walk” to learn how you can increase your willpower as you form new habits.