ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED? I sure am! But before we do, it’s helpful for you to understand why this journey takes 21 days and how to best use those days to your benefit. Let’s start by looking at Merriam-Webster’s online definition of the word “habit”, including in particular the following:
1hab·it noun \ˈha-bət\
- manner of conducting oneself: bearing
- the prevailing disposition or character of a person’s thoughts and feelings: mental makeup
- settled tendency or usual manner of behavior <her habit of taking a morning walk>
- a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance
- an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <got up early from force of habit>
Psychiatrists and psychologists agree it takes an average of 21 days to break a habit or start a new habit. But did you also know…?
- Habits determine 95% of thoughts, feelings, and actions.
- Habits are the result of repeated and intelligently controlled actions.
- Individuals have 2 major types of habits; habits that revolve around desires and habits that revolve around fears.
- The habits that revolve around desires (for health, happiness, financial independence, and success) are life-enhancing.
- Poor habits interfere with success, trip you up on a regular basis, cause you to sell yourself short, and may result in negative consequences.
- Mental habit patterns will have a far greater impact on happiness than any physical habit pattern ever could.
According to The Council for Public Interest in Anesthesia, “A passing thought about changing your habits, if allowed to persist, becomes a strong idea. This strong idea creates a desire for that particular object. The desire becomes resolve, which then leads to action. When we continue to repeat that action it becomes a habit. This passing thought gains power and momentum by the attention and encouragement. The more we attend to it, the stronger it gets.”
Our goal over the next 21 days is to turn your passing negative thoughts about yourself into positive and specific thoughts about how God sees you by devoting time each day to reading or hearing the scriptures. If we give attention and encouragement to our value in God’s Kingdom every day over a period of 21 days, we will develop the habit of seeing ourselves as God sees us and replace old “stinking thinking” with positive affirmation as a child of the Most High King. This is the mindset we need to develop and practice daily in our effort to reach our highest potential and fulfill our noble purpose. Doesn’t that sound exciting?
Take a few moments to meditate on the power of having a positive mindset, aligned to God’s truth about who you are in Him, and watch for my next email.