At the beginning of the New Year, we are often driven to make new promises to ourselves. We are called to start fresh and look at making better habits. Maybe you made a resolution to change a habit, to aim for a healthier lifestyle, or make better connections with people. We know that our inner drive and will-power can help us attain these goals. However, this is often not enough.
How can we then call on our spiritual strength to help us break these bad habits and make new ones? How can God support us in new habit making? After all, Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
One key goal to forming new habits is mindfulness toward that habit. Mindfulness is important because one can only break a bad habit when you recognize that you are doing it. For example, if you made a commitment to watch less television and read more, it is important to recognize the habits that lead you to turn on the television in the first place. If you intend to eat healthier, the first step to mindfulness might involve consciously not buying unhealthy foods or bringing mindfulness into food choices when you are about to eat. A visual reminder can be another way to maintain mindfulness toward your new habit. It might be helpful to write down the positive habit and have it positioned in a place that you will see often.
If you find yourself struggling for success, prayer is another important tool for breaking bad habits. Call on God for strength to make new decisions and actions. It is important to remember God can give you the strength to overcome difficulties and challenges in life. God is always there for you, supporting and carrying you.
Read more at How to call on God to break bad habits: 4 helpful keys.
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