Everyone has adopted a sinful habit at some point in his or her life. From gossiping to envy and lying, several life-dominating behaviors tend to pull us away from the principles of God’s word.
Developing a bad habit is common amongst almost every individual, but what is most important is finding an effective way to break it.
Here are a couple of steps to take towards overcoming whatever habits you might be dealing with.
- Accept That You Have A Sinful Habit
Acceptance is the primary step towards making a change for the better. People who fail to admit that they have been repeatedly doing something bad tend to program their minds towards continuing the habit.
Start by examining yourself thoroughly, or ask someone to do it for you if you have to. After identifying this habit, acknowledge the fact that it is indeed something negative. Acceptance will help you become fully aware that you have some overcoming to do.
- Set A Date, Make A Goal
Sinful habits can be unbelievably hard to break, especially when they are habits you developed a long time ago.
The second step towards your overcoming process is by making an agreement with yourself that by a particular day, month or year, you would have gotten rid of your bad habit for good. Let it become one of your personal goals and ensure to review it from time to time.
E.g. by the 1st of January 2019, I hope to officially be free from my habit of drinking too much alcohol.
Write your targeted date down somewhere, perhaps inside your diary or pin it up on the wall.
- Take Action
There are multiple ways to break a sinful habit, but it has to be accompanied with critical thinking and hard work. Once you accept that you have a sinful habit and have set a targeted date to overcome it, it is then time to take some action.
Taking action simply means creating effective measures that you propel you to your breakthrough. As each habit has its own way to be overcome, it is important to sit down, (alone or with counsel) and figure out what disciplinary avenues work best for you.
Take these actions over and over again, until it becomes a part of you. Remember, practice makes perfect.
- Eliminate All Influences
Although this is part of taking action, it is also a step we’d like to expatiate on.
There is always a story behind every sinful habit, but to overcome it; you have to get rid of the root of the problem first.
Something must have triggered you to develop your bad habit. So ask yourself, what made me develop my habit? Was it a friend? Stop contacting that person. Was it a movie on your laptop? Delete it. Was it a place you visited? Be sure to never go there again. Was it the school you attend? Make a transfer.
Whatever has influenced or can influence your bad habit must be completely gotten rid of, otherwise, your progress might be hindered.
- Make Sure You Reward Yourself
The quest to fight a sinful habit can be very difficult. It will not be an easy journey, of course, but rewarding yourself as you make progress is an effective way to keep you motivated until you finally reach your goal.
Treat yourself to something you love each time you make an improvement towards overcoming your habit. For example, if you move from spending 7 hours of drinking, to 3 hours, treat yourself to something nice. It could be an activity you enjoy, your favorite chocolates or a simple gift to yourself.
Alternatively, you could tell someone else to do the rewarding for you. Make a deal with a friend that each week you improve on a sinful habit, he or she would reward you with anything you want.
Rewarding yourself is only a strategy to keep you motivated throughout your journey.
- Be Consistent, Involve Others
Once it seems as though all hope is lost, or you feel like you’re becoming emotionally or physically strained, do not be afraid to involve others.
As embarrassing as some sinful habits can be, it’s better to overcome it with the help of others than to carry on in shame.
Seek help from those around you. Ask your family members, close friends or devoted colleagues for assistance as soon as you feel you need some extra support!
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