Habits: The good, the bad, and the ugly

A couple of months ago, my friends and I did a devotional called ‘Habits’, and since then I have done it two or three more times. It was so good and challenging.

It was about how we can change our bad habits into good ones. And the word ‘Habits’ was changed into an acronym to better understand the word; for example, H stood for Healthy Identity, but it was the I that stood out to me…Investigate and make changes. 

That got me thinking, we all have habits both in our Christian life and everyday life. Some are good habits, while others are bad…even ugly.

Unfortunately, bad habits tend to outnumber the good ones. Which is why we need to Investigate and make changes.

Back in January, I’m sure everyone had high plans for the year, the goals were set, the motivation was high, everyone was excited for the year. Then came March…and poof! Goals? What goals? Motivation? ha!

Even though we lost three months, we can still get back on track and make the most of the rest of the year. By making some, probably, much needed changes in our habits.

Before we can make good habits, we need to acknowledge the bad ones first. So, let’s get the bad and the ugly habits out the way and identify what they might be.

According to research, the top bad habits people have are:

Unhealthy eating

Procrastination

Worry

Stressing out

Nail Biting

Skipping Breakfast

Spending too much time on your phone

Let’s tackle some of those…I can’t speak much on the unhealthy eating, being gluten intolerant, I don’t have much of a choice but to be conscious of what I’m eating. But I know it can be very easy to eat something sweet instead of an apple.

And I am no health food expert, I just know, eating a sweet once in a while is okay, just balance it out with some fruits and veggies.

Procrastination…and the crowd goes silent. Everyone has at least one small bone in them that says “we can do it tomorrow.”

So often we put off a project, or something we should be doing until tomorrow, well, tomorrow for that project never comes. Trust me I know…sometimes this is me…

We continue to put it off, and keep ignoring it. We could put cleaning something, going through some old files on your computer, art projects, whatever it is, it’s never really worth putting it off. It’s going to keep piling up until we are in a mess of unfished projects.

Worry. Some might not consider this one to be a bad habit, but it is, and it’s one of the worst ones we can have. It is so easy to worry, and we might not even think we are worrying.

I’m just thinking about we say, just wondering…if you are thinking and wondering about something all day, that’s worrying. We dwell on it and stew about it until it’s all we think about and it consumes us. And it is unhealthy.

Stressing Out. This one could be the same as worrying, but it’s a tad different. In these past few months, we’ve all faced trials and tough times, and I’m sure we’ve stressed out just a bit.

But often, more time than not, stressing out is as pointless and consuming as worrying. We overreact during an unknown situation and begin stressing out about what could happen.

So, now that we’ve talked about some of the worst habits to have, let’s move on to how to tackle some of the bad ones and how to make good ones.

Tackling procrastination. There are two ways we can tackle this, the first is simply DO IT! You know you’ve got unfinished projects, take a day or two and finish them. You will have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing you got those projects done and out of the way.

The second way to tackle it is to hold yourself accountable and not let yourself fall into procrastination by making a daily to-do list. Making a list every morning of all the things you need to accomplish that day, checking off what you did, and by the end of the day, you will see how much you got done…and didn’t get done.

Just ask yourself, “do I want to end today with a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment or disappointment?” Holding yourself accountable for that bad habit, just might help you break it.

Tackling worry and stress. I don’t think anyone can fully conquer worry and stress; it is a natural part of us. But we can try to control thoughts a little, just like with the procrastination, hold yourself accountable. Is worry about this thing going to help? Are my emotions and thoughts going to change anything? The answer is always NOPE!

Is stressing out to the extreme going to help…NOPE! The best thing to do when you feel yourself going down the path of worry and stress is ask yourself:
Is it true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, praiseworthy?

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8

If our thoughts and worries can’t pass through those standards, then we should not stress. If we use that verse as a filter for our worries, then, we won’t worry.

Now, good habits, ones that help us live a better life and have a better attitude…

Schedule / Routine

Healthy Diet / Drink water

Get Outside

Smile

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Daily Devotions

I won’t cover all of these, because I think they speak for themselves. The first one I already talked about, having a daily to-do list, or even a weekly schedule, helps us stay focused and less likely to go down  rabbit trails, and you know…procrastinate.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude, need I say more? I talked so much on this, I won’t go into too much detail, but when we think and feel grateful, it changes our mindset and we tend to happier.

Daily Devotions. Taking a quiet time in the morning, to spend time with God, read His word, talk to Him, will make any day go better. I like to read a Psalm a day with my regular daily devotions, it really gives you a better attitude to start the day.

Well, there you have it.

Habits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Which ones do you want to have?

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