OVERCOMING BAD HABIT

Bad habits can translate into bad character. As Christians, we are called to overcome wrong actions and replace them with godly character because

“bad habits is like a flat Tyire, you cannot move unless you change it”_unknown

But “good character is like a golden necklace, you becomes prettier when you wear it”_”Divine-Royalty”

Nothing will keep you in stuck than bad habits that you keep regularly. We are the sum of what we do. If we’re consistently maintaining habits that no longer serve us, we are preventing ourselves from having the kind of life that we want to have.

A habit can be harmless, or life-threatening. It can range from a facial mannerism, to something as deeply ingrained as a character weakness. It can involve something as simple as putting the right shoe on first, to something as serious as drug addiction. Habits can be extremely important. They often have a tremendous impact upon the course of our lives. They can even affect our eternal destiny

Man is essentially a creature of habits. What you choose to eat and how much, what time you go to bed and what time you wake up, your conduct, and so many other actions stem from habits—good and bad.

Good habits help you carry out everyday positive functions and enhance your relationships with others. These include using proper hygiene, respectfully greeting elders, deferring to those in authority, and showing common courtesy, to mention a few.

You form a positive habit when you do the right thing repetitively until it becomes a part of you.

But Bad habits, on the other hand, are actions that could injure you and others. Over time, these wrong actions can also become part of you. These include overeating, not getting enough sleep, allowing your home to be messy, procrastinating, always arriving late to appointments, crudeness, constantly borrowing money without paying back, overdrinking, negativity and gossiping.

Forming a habit is like writing in pen on a piece of paper. While it is easy to write on a blank sheet, it is difficult to completely undo what has already been written. In the same way, it is easier to form a new habit than break an old one. Once an act becomes a part of your routine, it is difficult for the brain to change. Also, the more you perform an action, the more you do it without thinking. Habits are not what you are, but rather what you allow yourself to become.

Yet as difficult as bad habits can be to break, you can learn to overcome them!

Bad habits are like leaven. They corrupt us and those around us. Therefore we must take radical action against this leaven and not allow it to permeate our spiritual lives: “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump…” (1 cor. 5.7).

Here’s the kicker: changing habits is hard work! For anyone who’s been a nail-biter or a smoker, busybodies who are delighted in painting people red behind their back. I’m sure you can relate.

A good way to begin is through introspection. Find time to take an inventory of your behaviors and where you stand. Again, you can overcome bad habits if you set your mind to it. A good practice to help you is to observe good habits in action. This can involve observing the examples of others

Replace an old habit with a positive one. It has been said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” If you want to truly abandon a bad habit, it is best to replace it with a positive one. Otherwise, there is a tendency for the bad habit to return and, due to discouragement, become worse than it originally was.

A long-time belief has been that it takes 21 days to break a habit or form a good one. That belief stemmed from a book from 1960 called, “Psycho Cybernetics” written by plastic surgeon Maxwell Malts, who said he noticed that it took about 21 days for patients to get used to their new faces after plastic surgery. So, keep doing good thing to replace the bad thing you are addicted to for 21 days and you will overcome by the grace of God

Because habits become so fiercely ingrained, it takes constant attention to modify our behaviors, but master this task and you’ll be unstoppable, regardless of how big your dreams are.

Fly unlimited

7 comments

  1. Excellent post Kingsley.

    “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19).

    ‘A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)

    ‘God has promised never to let us face a temptation without providing a way out’ (1 Corinthians 10:13)

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