Use This Time to Build Better Habits

Right now your daily routine has been completed upended. You are probably working from home, using video calls for meetings, and not interacting with a lot of people. Simply put, it’s a crazy time that can easily send you into a state of stagnation that includes sitting in front of the TV for long periods of time, eating unhealthy foods, and basically doing anything that involves as little resistance as possible.

It’s a time like this that can completely derail us from any positive, healthy, productive habits that we’ve established. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Because when we build a habit, by definition it’s automatic. It’s not based on feeling. When we operate out of feeling (I don’t “feel” like working out, I don’t “feel” like reading, I don’t “feel” like eating healthy, etc.), we’re allowing those feelings to keep us from establishing better habits. And it’s keeping us from becoming the best version of ourselves.

Habits are about who you are becoming. Spiritually, relationally, professionally, physically, emotionally, mentally. What do your current habits say about the person you are becoming?

What do your current habits say about the person you are becoming?

During this period when you might have some extra time on your hands, I encourage you to focus on building better habits instead of falling into a passive state of developing poor habits. Here are some examples:

  • Make it a point to get some form of exercise every day, even if it’s just a walk for a few minutes.
  • Commit some time each day to read. Don’t just watch Netflix all day. Exercise your mind and read something that interests you.
  • Spend time with family doing things other than watching TV. Play a board game, or just chat. Invest in your relationships.
  • Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Listen to a podcast or a sermon. There is so much negative news out there. You need positive inputs to help you battle the negativity.
  • Find ways to habit stack. What is a positive habit that you can layer on top of another? For me, exercise is the perfect time for this. When I walk/run, or ride the elliptical, I will listen to a podcast or watch a devotional video on RightNow Media. Here’s a brand new one for me … I’m actually typing this post while riding the elliptical! (I rigged up a little platform and it works great!)

Whatever you do, use this time to get better so that when the storm passes, you will be better prepared for the next season. Use this time to invest in yourself. Don’t just sit around and let life happen to you. Focus on what you can control–your attitude, your effort, your actions, your behavior. Commit to building better habits aligned with the person you want to become.

Leave the rest up to God and trust that he has a bigger plan beyond what you can see or imagine.

Habits, Personal Leadership

Written by Jeremy Couch

Dr. Jeremy Couch is a Leadership Architect who helps people accelerate their leadership performance. He is passionate about teaching, writing, consulting, coaching, and speaking on topics related to leadership development and organizational health. He is the owner of Couch Solutions, LLC and Insights for Leading.

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