This week, we are talking about the power of habits. I am inspired by a recent book I am listening to, The Power of Habit: Why we Do What We Do in Life and Business. I want to encourage you to change one negative habit into a positive one in your life. We discuss some ideas for ways to challenge ourselves to do better in one these categories:
1) Health and Wellness
4) Spiritual Life
And then we discuss some ways to increase our chances of succeeding in changing our habits. These include:
1) Hold ourselves accountable.
Find a way to include others in your new habit so you will feel pressure to continue.
2) Set a time limit on your personal challenge.
Especially when we feel it is hard and overwhelming, setting a time limit on the challenge can encourage us to keep it up until it gets just a little bit easier.
3) Use the word "BUT" to control negative thoughts.
Allow yourself to be negative if you must, but don't stay there. Add the word BUT to the end of your negative thought and turn it into a focus on the positive.
4) Get rid of temptations and distractions.
Make your new habit, by default, the "easiest" thing to do. Make breaking your new habit very inconvenient.
5) Track your progress.
Whether it's keeping a journal or crossing days off the calendar, having a tangible way to see your progress will encourage you to continue.
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This week we are taking on a topic near and dear to my heart. Do you love yourself? In my work and ministry, I am all about teaching women to know their worth so they can find their joy, but how exactly do we do that?
Our secular culture tells us to find our worth in our physical selves, in our beauty, our accomplishments, and our possessions. But all of these things leave us empty and disillusioned. we are built for a relationship with God, and only in the context of that relationship will be find peace and lasting joy.
We also talk about what true humility is and how what kinds of things can become distractions from the kind of "holiness" and "personal achievement" God calls us to.
Finally, I take a reader question about "cry room wars" at Mass and discuss ways in which I find Colleen Duggan's recent post helpful. Also helpful was a reminder I heard from a Benedictine monk in a recent homily about Chapter 72 of the Rule of St. Benedict. How much happier and holier would we all be of we approached others in love and with mercy! Let me know your thoughts on these topics. I love hearing from you!