22 Jan, 2024 Breaking bad habits in 2024 and establishing healthy ones
By Summer Lane
2024 is off and running – are you ready for what the year may bring? The world is mired in chaos, but we can take measured and meaningful steps in our own, everyday lives to bring calm, peace, and balance to our homes and the people we love.
Breaking bad habits is hard enough, but replacing them with new habits can be a trick in and of itself. Recently, the Counter Culture Mom Show spoke with a few experts on the topic of habitual behavior and how we can form godly habits in our Christian lives. You might be surprised at what you learn! Check out these incredible guests below.
“A habit is a decision that we have made at some point, and we stop making the decision, but continue acting on it,” says Charles Duhigg, an author and a writer at The New Yorker. This man on a mission talks about the importance of building good habits instead of bad ones. He also discusses how to focus on the cue and the routine of the habits that you would like to change. Shockingly, he shares that approximately 70 percent of our daily activities are dictated by habit. “Most things are a decision. It’s happening automatically,” he reveals. Charles also talks about the importance of optimizing communication patterns by reassessing some of the habits that we have formed over the years. “Change the cues that trigger the bad habit,” he encourages.
“You cannot get rid of a bad habit unless you acknowledge that you have a bad habit,” shares Steve Poe, a retired pastor and the author of Creatures of Habit: Breaking the Habits Holding You Back from God’s Best. Steve addresses how to remove bad habits from our lives and replace them with good and godly ones. You have to be intentional to break those bad habits in your life because a large portion of our day-to-day activities are habit-based! Ask yourself if your habits are good or bad. Do your habits make you more like Christ or do they make you less like Christ? Anything that takes us away from the nature of Christ is a stronghold from the enemy. A good way to break a bad habit is to replace it with something positive and life-giving.
Reagan Rose is a Bible teacher, author, and the founder of Redeeming Productivity. He focuses on bringing a Biblical perspective to the concept of productivity and self-help. He assists people in managing their time, and focuses on real productivity – not just busyness! He also talks about how important it is to stay in the Word of God every day, and how this truth shapes your patterns and attitudes toward productivity in every aspect of your life. Reagan further discusses the five principles of productivity he discovered in scripture and offers advice on how to harness the best side of our nature to glorify the Lord.
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 30 books, including the hit Collapse Series and Resurrection Series. She is an experienced journalist and columnist who reports on news within the U.S. and abroad. She is the Associate Editor for Right Side Broadcasting Network. Additionally, she analyzes politics and policies on The Write Revolution.
Summer is also a mom and wife who enjoys rural country living, herding cats, and gardening. She is passionate about writing on women’s issues, parenting, and politics from a theologically-grounded perspective that points readers to the good news of the gospel.
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