Do you want to change your life for the better? Of course, you do! We all want to be happier, healthier, and more successful. But changing our behavior is easier said than done. It takes work to break bad habits and develop good ones. This article will discuss the art of creating and developing rock-solid habits that will help us achieve our goals and live better lives!
- Start with such an easy habit you can't say no, and focus on remaining consistent. A small, daily action will compound over time and produce remarkable results. The key to developing a rock-solid habit is consistency. You must be consistent in your efforts if you want to see results. This means that you need to do the same thing at the same time every day (or as often as possible). Did you know if you read 20 pages a day, you would have read an entire book in just two weeks? That's almost 30 books in a year. Consistency is key! You need to have a plan and be specific about your goals. What exactly do you want to achieve? What are your long-term and short-term goals? Please write down your goals and review them regularly. Then, build a palatable plan with small daily achievable goals.
- Take some time to understand precisely what is holding you back. What are your excuses? Why can't you stick to your habit? When you know your reason, you can find a way to overcome it. I've learned that we might not always be mentally strong enough to beat what is holding us back, but we can still outsmart it. Let me give you an example. I could improve at waking up early to go work out. But I can call my friend and ask him to call me daily to make sure I go exercise. (Make sure your relationship is strong because once he starts calling you at 5 am every day, your relationship might take a hit, haha). One thing is true if we identify what is holding us back, it will be easier to advance into our future. See, this is not just about being a better person; this is about achieving everything God has called, created, and prepared us to do! The Bible says that we are made for good works (Ephesians 2:10). You are designed to thrive! So figure out what is holding you back and get it out of your life, or worst case scenario, outsmart it!
- Develop a plan for when you fail. Failure is inevitable, but that doesn't mean it has to be the end. I suggest writing the plan down. "When I don't read 20 pages, I will.....". "When I don't wake up to work out, I will pay my buddy 20 bucks". I'm just giving ideas, but if the plan is strong enough, if the repercussions are heavy enough, your plan will help you get on track quickly! This is not an "if you don't do this, then you are a failure" type of thinking. This is more like, "I'm going to make a mistake, but I have a plan to help me get back on track quickly ." The art of creating and developing rock-solid habits requires consistency, focus, understanding, and a plan.
If you're reading this, you probably have seen this advice before. So we all know what we have to do. But let me also show you what the Bible says. The Bible says:
You are capable in Christ Jesus to do whatever He has called you to do (Phil. 4:13).
The Spirit of God dwells in you (Romans 8:9-11).
You have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
In other words, we know what we should do, but God also knows we can actually do them. You can become everything God has prepared for you to be! So why not now? Why not today?