Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
How true those words are! In this 30-day challenge, I—along with many of you—am striving to build some habits that will end up affecting my destiny and my legacy. Though some of the challenges that have been stated in the comments section may not seem like character-builders and legacy-makers, the very act of building good habits is in itself a character builder. It takes commitment to build a habit. It takes perseverance. It takes time, faithfulness and vision. So whether or not the habit you are building is of any long-term consequence, the qualities it takes to build that habit are of consequence—long-term, short-term and every which a way! I mean, who couldn’t do with more faith, commitment, perseverance, and vision? Furthermore, when you experience success in purposefully building any kind of habit, it builds your faith and vision for more meaningful ones. For example, one of my commenters wrote that she is challenging herself to drink X amount of water for these 30 days. As she becomes mindful of working on that habit and develops some kind of system by which she can hold herself accountable and track her progress (such as “Don’t Break the Chain” ), she is setting herself up for success when she is ready to start on her next behavior change/habit.
When I started running, I built a powerful habit that is still very much a part of my life today, three years later. But the magical thing about that experience is that my success in that area overflowed into other seemingly unrelated areas of my life. I became more disciplined about getting up in the morning and more consistent in Bible study as well as in other disciplines that had been hit-and-miss for years. So I like to say that “success breeds more success.”
If you have not joined the 30-day challenge yet, it is not too late. Why don’t you start today and go through August 5? There’s no rule that says you can only start on the 1st of the month. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a success under your belt now so you can aim for more lofty pursuits next month? If you are joining in, please share your personal challenge with me by clicking, “Leave A Comment” below. (The first time you leave a comment, you may have to confirm your email address, but it will not be seen publicly, and you should not have to confirm when leaving future comments.) I enjoy hearing from you!