Changing Habits


They say the magic number for changing a habit is 21. 21 times and you can change a bad habit to a good habit… or God forbid, a good habit to a bad one.

You can change your eating habits in 21 days, you can change your sleep habits in 21 days, you can change your exercise habits in 21 days. I’m not convinced that it always takes 21 or that it will automatically stick after 21, but that seems to be the magic number.

Obviously, repetition is the key, you have to do something over and over and over for it to become a habit. Or, if you want to break one, you have to do the OPPOSITE over and over and over again.

But to simply “do something different” isn’t really the point is it?

We don’t eat less tasty foods because we WANT to eat less tasty foods. We tend to put down the Oreos and go for the banana or grab a bottle of water instead of the Pepsi because we want something else.

We want to be thinner, more energetic, or just overall a bit healthier. So the point of a habit being changed isn’t really about doing something different. It’s about being something different. Which means it takes more than just action to make a change.

We have to change the way we think. If you want to be thinner, you don’t just start eating different, you should educate yourself on why your bad habits are in fact, bad habits. Then from their, your mind changes and you start to eat less tasty things because you realize the benefits are much greater than the small sacrifice of flavor (because after all, when you know what you’re eating is going to help you live longer, it eventually starts to taste better automatically).

The Bible puts it this way in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

See, it’s not about what we do, but rather how we think.

I have some bad habits, that can really negatively effect my life – both in the short and long term. But I refuse to allow my bad habits dictate my future. So, won’t you join me in changing your mind about some of these things.

Together, we can change our minds and thus or habits for the benefit of all of those closest to us.

Think about it.

andy ::

About andy

I like to talk, I like to write. I like to share. This blog lets me do those things. It's just my thoughts, things that happen to me. I'm a pastor and the director of a non-profit organization called Refuge Ministries. (By the way, the thoughts shared on this blog are in no way associated with Refuge, they are just mine...so, don't get upset).
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