Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Stephen Covey
Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of… Author Unknown
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Dr Samuel Johnson
Bad habits are like a ball and chain which imprisons us. It is so difficult to break free. Our actions and behaviors are subconsciously-controlled and occur without conscious permission. They have become “habitual” and do need permission. We surrender conscious control when we allow something to become subconsciously habitual. We really do not like admitting to such weaknesses and lack of self-control.
Our habits are both a blessing and a curse. Our brains have the capability of programming us to do activities with little or no conscious input. When we repeat a pattern of behavior a sufficient number of times, it likely gets programmed into our subconscious mind. Our subconscious takes over much of our decision making for us, whether we want it to or not. Once it becomes a habit, it is virtually automatic, requiring little or no input. This is a good thing in many instances, such as being able to drive a car, getting dressed in the mornings and many other such things. Remember the difficulty of having to consciously make all the decisions required in learning to drive. There was and is much to remember. Programming becomes curses when bad habits get internally ingrained; such as over-eating, not exercising, impulse buying, television, and much more.
We have a conscious ability to make decisions and determine our actions. We can choose to or not to do anything presenting itself to us. More times than not, our conscious mind gets un-engaged. It is dormant; we are on automatic pilot. Many decisions are made without any conscious thought or input. Our subconscious does the vast majority of our thinking. Once it becomes programmed it is very effective. It takes over. Our conscious mind becomes subservient. The subconscious needs constant supervising by our conscious mind.
It is said it takes twenty one days to form habits. We create new habits or replace bad habits by consciously choosing to do something new and repeating it until it becomes habitual. It requires taking conscious control of our thoughts, decisions, and actions. It requires self-discipline, focus, and motivation which is continuous concentrated ongoing effort. We must use our conscious mind to make more of our normal decisions and take away some of the decision making from our subconscious. Bad habits are broken by using our conscious decision making process. We regain our freedom in the process. This is how we break bad habits.
Challenge: Change your programming and change your habits. Create a mental visualization of how you want to be. Make the image as realistic as possible. Think on it often. Find a symbol, an item, or a picture of something pleasant to represent the new you or the new freedom you desire. Place the symbol is strategic locations as a reminder. Take control of your thoughts and actions. You can make the changes you desire.
Wisdom: Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels. Orison Swett Marden
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Galatians 5:22
The Lord gives us the strength and the ability to change those things in our lives that need changing. We must be patient and let him show us what is holding us back from becoming a better person. There is undesired programming and bad habits that has accumulated over the years. We should constantly be getting better and stronger. God helps us get rid of bad habits and helps replace them with things that we should be doing.
Prayer: Help me to overcome my weaknesses, shortcomings and limiting beliefs.