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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit!”
                                                                                   -Aristotle
I couldn’t agree with Aristotle more when it comes to achieving your goals and creating success! There’s an old saying,“Repetition is the mother of skill,”  meaning that in order to improve or increase your performance, whether personally, professionally or financially, you must continuously and consistently practice the RIGHT HABITS!  Studies indicate that it takes approximately 21-30 days to create a new habit. This means that if you want to change or create a belief in your mind, it should become a natural habit after practicing it for 21-30 days. This works for bad habits or good habits.
John Dryden said, “We first make our habits and then our habits make us!”
One of the good habits I’ve consistently practiced over the last few years that has allowed me to achieve many goals, is reading or listening to the Word daily. Sometimes it’s only one scripture, sometimes I read a whole chapter or more. Sometimes I just listen to recorded teachings. But I force myself to get into the Word daily! This one habit alone has given me profound blessings in my life.
                       These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind,and searched the scriptures {how often?} daily, whether those things were so.
                                                                                                                                           Acts 17:11
Another habit I have formed is praying every day.
I took a Dale Carnegie class a long time ago and one of the things we learned was how to have a better memory. You do this by using “Memory Pegs”. Different points of differentiation that jog your memory.

I use the same technique to remind me to pray. For instance, if I see or hear a fire truck or ambulance, I automatically start praying for those people. There is a certain church on my way to work that has excellent billboard messages. This is a memory peg to remind me to pray. And of course when I’m looking through my Facebook and I see sorrow or calamity or even jubilee, it reminds me to pray for them. You can easily do the same.
I can definitively tell you that just these two habits have completely changed my life for the better and they will for you as well. The key to forming a good habit is consistent, habitual, repetitive action. Then the habit will form you!
Remember what John Dryden said, “We first make our habits and then our habits make us!”.  What are your habits making you?
Get in the HABIT of praying and reading or hearing the word everyday. It will change your life!
Thanks and God Bless YOU Abundantly.
Eddie Hill

P.S. A GREAT habit to form is to study the WORD everyday, here is a great teaching on Studying God’s Word.

 

 

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