I have heard and read and heard and read for years that it takes 30 days to create and break a habit. Great, no problem. Wait, problem, how do I get past one week? I can go through phases where I write lists of things to do and then somewhere down the line my motivation fades. How do I get past that slump?
Steve Pavlina, personal development expert, suggests thinking of the 30 days as temporarily doing something. He says that if you think of it as only 30 days and on the 31st day you can go back to your habit(s), you are more likely to start. However, after the 30 days, you will most likely stick to it. Think about those TV infomercials. When you’re watching one of those “As seen on TV” commercials and you finally muster up the will power to keep from buying that Sham Wow. Then all of a sudden you see and hear “try for 30 days, if you’re not satisfied you get your money back” Well if I don’t know a deal when I hear one!
Starting on September 1st, I’m going to break my lifelong habit of eating sweets every day. Starting on September 1- 30th I won’t partake in any type of sweets including cake, cookies, candy, drinks, doughnuts, pastries, pop tarts, cereal, kettle corn, and anything else that is considered a sweet. Along with this goal, I will exercise everyday even on Sundays. Pray for me.
What bad habits are you willing to give 30 days of your life to change? I will keep you up to date on my progress.
“I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”
You say, Philippians 4:13 says “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” While this is true God also says in John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” So God is saying yes, you can do all of these things with my strength behind you. Yes, you can lose weight, regain your finances, maintain your healthy diet, and much more. However, you have to remain with God in order to accomplish these goals. You can’t do it alone. You may say to yourself, “I am doing it with God, I pray for strength to help me go and work out and eat right and spend right, what’s the problem”? The problem may be the reason you are doing this.
Are you planning to lose weight for vanity issues, or are you planning to stay healthy to serve God in a more efficient way? Are you planning on working on your finances to bless your family and others by showing them God’s will or do you just want a new car for boasting rights? What is the purpose or meaning behind your New Year’s resolution. Ask yourself how will my New Year’s resolution help you serve God. When you answer this question, the answer will give you more motivation to accomplish this goal and also help to look to God and pray to him for assistance.
When you pray to God about your New Year’s resolution, don’t just ask God to give it to you, but do the following:
1. First ask God for wisdom, on what He wants your New Year’s resolution to be. There is no need to pick your own and struggle with God because that is not His will for you. .Just make it easy on yourself and ask Him first
2. Ask and pray for wisdom on how He wants you to fulfill this goal.
3. Don’t rely on yourself, but instead, His strength to push and motivate you.
4. Find someone to hold you accountable. Find a partner and share your goals with that person.
5. Don’t get discouraged with occasional setbacks. Instead, use them to push you even further than you thought you could go.
6. When you accomplish your goals, give the glory to God!!
I know you can do it. Find out what He wants, do it , and thank Him for it.
Remember, He is the vine, you are the branch. Put the power behind your New Year’s Resolution!
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