Personal Habits


We all have habits. As you can read in the image, the definition of habit. Today I’m referring to b. in that image. An established disposition of the mind or character. Characteristics. What are characteristics? It is an identifying attribute, or feature.

Our habit can be shaped by the environment and habits of others. We build our attitudes from what we hear and see from others we are influenced by. That is not always a good thing. For example, if we are influenced by a criminal we’ll build our mental habit from what we’ve seen and heard them do. Not realizing that it is not the best choice. As I’ve posted about before, we make choices everyday. Even no choice is a choice. If you do not choose for yourself, someone else will choose for you. You may find that it was not the choice you wanted. Where does that leave you?

As a Christian, I work hard and focus on being Christ like. That means I need to have Christ like characteristics. Reading through God’s Word we can find many scriptures that speak of HIS character. For me, it’s highly important to build those characteristics in me because in doing so it will help me to build my personal habits. Two main scripture are: Ephesians 5 & Galatians 5.

Positive personal habits will afford you to be more successful in your journey.

“Habits like blogging often and regularly, writing down the way you think, being clear about what you think are effective tactics, ignoring the burbling crowd and not eating bacon. All of these are useful habits.” -Seth Godin

Here’s a few tips to building good personal habits:

  1. Turn off all electronics for at least two nights a week.
  2. Make a list of your dreams and passions in life.
  3. Find positive people or a group(s) to participate in that exude good habits.
  4. Read positive material.

My challenge to you is:

  • This week, start applying these tips. Come back here and comment on how you’re doing. Also, feel free to ask questions.

“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.” -Wayne Dyer

If you’re feeling stuck and need help getting unstuck, contact me for some life coaching sessions. It’s OK to ask for help. The bad part is knowing you need help and never asking for it. Please ask!

Habit Mindset

The following text was written by: Leo Babauta. I borrowed it from him.

One of the best tricks I have learned to improve my likelihood of sticking to a habit is so simple.

Stop thinking of a new habit as something you have to do, but as something you get to do.

Let’s say you are starting a workout. Many people think, “OK, I gotta do this. It’s good for me, I am way too lazy, I need to burn off my fat, if I do this I will feel better about myself.” This is wrong, because then the workout is a chore you have to get through to get the benefits, and so you struggle through this boring, hard, sucky thing in order to get to the goal.

Instead, you can simply think, “I am allowing myself to do this. I get to do this. It’s a treat.”

And it is. A workout can be a lovely thing, where you feel your body moving, you push against the forces of gravity, you triumph despite the difficulty, you get fresh air and gorgeous nature and you are treating your body and being good to it. This is a rare treat.

Once you shift from “have to” to “allowed to” or “get to”, you now feel good about the activity. It’s not a chore, but a treat. It’s not something you struggle through to get the benefit — it is the benefit.

My words

We have been conditioned by society to believe working out and other good things for us aren’t good, but boring, hard and painful. We need to change our inner voice and mindset so that we have a positive perspective to accomplish our goals and dreams.

Watch for new posts relating to changing your inner voice and your mindset to reflect a more positive perspective.