Episode 99: How to Build Habits

Are you tired of struggling to establish good habits? In this last episode in the habits series, you’ll learn practical steps and biblical principles to help you change your mindset, pick the most essential habit to change, and make a plan for consistently practicing your new habit for success. Let’s dive in.

Welcome back to Just One Simple Thing! We are at the end of our series about habits. In the last episode, we talked about three ways that you can break bad habits.

Once you’ve broken that bad habit, you need to put some good habits in place that will help you do the thing you want to do. So let’s look again at some Biblical principles paired with practical steps to create good habits.

1. Fix your mindset

You might be tempted to think of changing your habits as suffering or sacrifice. The new habit you are trying to create often doesn’t seem nearly as fun as the bad habits you are replacing.

In Hebrews 5:8, where it says Jesus learned obedience through what He suffered, the Greek word for “learned” is also translated as “being in the habit of”. Jesus was in the habit of being obedient, and we can also be obedient to what God wants to do in our lives by creating good habits, instead of whining about what we are giving up.

2. Stick to the essentials and make it easy

One of the biggest mistakes we make when creating new habits. We try to make too many changes at once. That complete disruption of our life’s routines overwhelms us.

3. Repeat, repeat, repeat

Make a plan for how you will consistently practice your new habit.

Every time you repeat your new habit, you are building your habit muscles.You see the results and gain confidence in your ability to do the right thing, so it makes it easier to do it again the next time.

To sum it up … three ways to create good habits are:

  • Change your mindset so you are focusing on obedience rather than sacrifice
  • Pick the one most essential thing to change and make it easy to do
  • Make a plan to consistently practice your new habit.

Make a plan for how you will implement these tips to create a new habit. If you didn’t get it after my last episode, head over to my free Facebook group Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing and grab my Habit Planner. Snap a picture of your planner and shareit on social media for a little more accountability.

Create Holiday Wellness Plans –Jill Hoven –The concepts in this series can be used for any type of habit in any season of the year

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