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Discipline and consistency go a long way in bringing about change and learning to live life to the full. And much of the good we want to see simply requires us to keep showing up and exercising the habits we’ve committed to.

To be sure, habits can be either positive or negative. And either way, we see the power of their cumulative effect.

Lasting change rarely happens overnight or in a once and done fashion. Rather, it’s the consistency of drip by drip that we see our habits either drawing us farther away or taking us closer to who God has called us to be.

It’s important then to make our habits work for us.

For instance, it’s through the habit of healthy eating and exercise that we allow our bodies to function at optimal levels. The habit becomes a way of life and in time we no longer live as a couch potato.

The habit of creating also eventually leads to a sizable body of work that speaks for us. We don’t start off trying to create a masterpiece. We just keep showing up and doing the work.

Likewise, our practice of love is a type of habit as well. And love is magnified as we simply commit to it as a discipline.

At first, habits are often hard to maintain because we don’t see the immediate results of our efforts. It’s often miles down the road before we see how much our habits change us and impact the life we’re living.

When we’re blind to our habits they might have us on a negative spiral away from God’s best. But when we’re intentional we can also learn to use our habits to bring more life and goodness into the world.

Leverage the power of habits to consistently show up and bring about more of God’s best.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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