Friday, May 21, 2010

Thoughts on Habits

Psalm 1:2

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.


Repetitive Behaviors

This has been one of my themes during my pursuit to Health and Wellness journey.

This morning I thought about one of the step's in changing habits. Getting rid of bad and starting new.

Energy is never lost only transformed. (scientific fact). This is true of many things in life. Whether tangible energy or the energy of love and as I'm discussing the energy of habits.

So in order to lose a bad habit you need to transform that energy into a good habit.

If asked today, what are your habits, some may answer "I have no real habits". Since the word congers up idea's of bad habits like smoking, drinking or swearing.

But, in thinking about it WE all have habits. Some good Some bad. We just don't acknowledge and think about our habits because habits are a repetitive action we do unconsciously. We only acknowledge (for the most part)habits when they cause a problem or are pointed out by someone.

For instant, When I get out of the shower I have a pattern of how I dry off. Weird but true.

When I get out of bed I pretty much follow the same steps of routine.

Now some habits are a product of comfort -

Actually habits feed something in us or they would stop.

Some habits are learned as a child taught and reinforced our parent(s) or environment.


The point in this is take some time to THINK about what habits you may have -

Categorize them in Healthy and Unhealthy.

Or work backwards – Think about area’s you need improvement in… then look at behaviors/habits that contribute to the problem.

i.e. Clutter in the house. A behavior that seem to be a Habit of not putting something away when I’m finished with it.

Like putting down a cup of coffee when I’m done with it… instead of putting it in the dishwasher to be washed. Dumb example but Something I want to work on. I hate waiting until the place is a real mess then cleaning.

I want to Clean as I go! I want the "habit" of keeping my things in order.


Until you recognize and acknowledge your Repetitive behaviors YOUR "habits"

YOU CAN'T change something until you FACE IT.

Today I choose to acknowledge that my morning Habits need to include:

1. Praying, reading God's word and Spending time Listening to God - 15 minutes

2. Eating a "life giving" Breakfast to fuel my body

3. Filling up my Water Pitcher for the DAY's allowance of Water (lemon too)

4. Exercising/Stretching 15 minutes EVERY MORNING to pump up my body full of

oxygen (bringing life to my muscles and mind)

5. Fix my Bed..... oh ya I do that already as a habit my mommy taught me

She said as soon as you get out of bed FIX it! It's a sign your ready for the DAY.

I just threw in number 5 for fun, but Seriously.

5. Journalize every morning. This activity I've done since 1/1/10 has inspired me, motivated me and keep me on track for my Goal of Health and Wellness.

Now, I'm going to post this list every where:

bathroom mirror, Refrigerator, Computer Screen. Places that I look at routinely in the


Catch the Attitude

Salute! To your Health and Wellness

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