Heart-Centered Biz Tip: Harvesting from Good Habits
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Purposeful Pathway is a haven for heart-centered entrepreneurs. Part of my mission as a Christian Business Coach is equipping heart-centered businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.
The topic of this biz tip is harvesting good fruit from good habits.
We are creatures of habit; God has wired this way, as habits are meant to be helpful. Our habits allow us to think far less about activities or sequences of activities; they thereby help us perform more efficiently.
Habits streamline processes that would otherwise take much more time, thought and energy. Yet, when our habits are not aligned with our goals, these otherwise helpful allies actually sabotage us.
By God’s grace, you can joyfully create habits that support your purpose; you can create habits that help you to act seamlessly upon those things which lead you to your goals. Practice daily the activities that will propel you to your goals and also weed out the habits do not support you. New habits do not take root overnight. The creation of new habits comes in the persistence of purposeful practice.
For example, you wish to write a book but seem to find no time for peaceful writing. You realize that getting up an hour earlier each day would allow you to enjoy that sacred space to write. Getting up an hour earlier each and every day to write, therefore, is a habit you must create. Doing so will initially disrupt your schedule; you may find yourself still feeling the need to stay up late at night as there is always one more thing to do (but, of course, staying up later makes it harder to get up in the morning). Expect this process of uprooting old habits and planting new habits to be uncomfortable and pray for the grace to grow through the discomfort.
Be excited in the fact that you are uncomfortable, as this discomfort is a great sign. It indicates you are growing and changing for the better.
Learn to be comfortable with – and to indeed embrace – discomfort. If achieving goals was an easy and comfortable process, everybody would achieve all their goals all the time. We ourselves must grow when our goals do. We become different when our targets do. Uncomfortable as this growth may be, it is highly beneficial.
Think about a time in which you were stretched and in which you grew favorably. Remember this time and write the details; use this memory to propel you during this time of purposeful practice.
It is the Holy Spirit who allows true transformation. Romans 12:2 reminds us to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Knowing your goals are God-centered, pray for the power of the Spirit to transform you and your habits from the inside out.
This practice yields higher achievement, as goal-supporting habits allow goals to be attained more quickly and easily; additionally, the pace and the ease in which you begin to reach your goals, the momentum gained and the God-honoring transformation together spring forth a divine joy.
© 2013 Caroline Gavin
What are some challenges and victories you have encountered in planting good habits and uprooting bad habits?
How have goal-supporting habits helped you in serving God, family, friends and clients?