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After I began taking my faith seriously, I struggled with the question of “Where do I go from here?” I had had this fantastic experience in adoration at a conference, and I wasn’t sure what to do in my daily life to keep that newfound faith alive. I did not yet understand the importance of good habits. 

I tried to do everything at once, and when life got in the way, I didn’t do anything. Then, I would get started again, only to stop everything again. I was stagnant in my growth. 

The problem was that I didn’t have good habits.

Then, I heard this line from Matthew Kelly: “Our lives change when our habits change.” I realized that I needed good habits and that that was the only way to begin to progress in living my newfound faith. I then applied these findings to other aspects of life, and I felt much more consistent in my pursuit of holiness.

In this article, we’ll talk about habits, what they are, the importance of good habits, and strategies for creating habits. I hope that you, too, will discover the importance and power of good habits for living out the Radiant as the Son progression.

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Resources For Applying the Importance of Good Habits

Before we begin, here are some books you can read to learn about the importance of good habits and how to create good habits:

What are habits?

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains the three different components of a habit. 

They are:

  • The Cue: This is what triggers your brain to begin acting out a habit.
  • The Routine: This is the actual habit or what you do. 
  • The Reward: This is something that shows your brain that this habit is something to continue doing.

Creating habits is a big part of our brains’ job. As we go through these components of a habit repeatedly, the habit becomes more ingrained and automatic. The cue becomes a trigger for craving the reward. 

This automatic creation is excellent news for creating good habits, but it also shows that bad habits can become just as automatic. Knowing about these different parts of a habit is essential for actually using habits for our good.

The Importance of Good Habits

Like I said before, our brain likes to create habits. Pretty much everything we do is a habit. Just think about your day so far. You probably brushed your teeth, ate something, went through a particular routine to get your day started, maybe watched or read something like you usually do… All of that was habits! 

With this innate design comes both great potential and great setbacks. This design means that our negative habits are challenging to break. But, it also means that we can harness our brains to create habits for growth. That’s what great people do-they develop better habits. 

Without habits, we cannot progress. Think about it: If you only prayed when you felt like it, how close would you be to God? What if, instead, you had a habit of daily prayer? What if you had the same thing for spending time with others, for learning the truth, for exercise, etc.? Imagine how much greater your life would be than if you instead only did those things when you felt like it. When we put in the effort to create habits, we can make that more extraordinary life. 

That is why habits are a necessary part of living out the Radiant as the Son progression. 

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Strategies for Utilizing the Importance of Good Habits

First, when creating new habits and breaking old ones, no matter what strategy we use, it is essential to keep in mind the different components of a habit. 

As a reminder, they are:

  • The Cue: This is what triggers your brain to begin acting out a habit.
  • The Routine: This is the actual habit or what you do. 
  • The Reward: This is something that shows your brain that this habit is something to continue doing. 

When planning out our creation or breaking, we need to know the cue, routine, and reward. Then, we can choose a strategy for creating or breaking the habit. 

Below are some helpful strategies:

Strategy One: The Golden Rule of Habit Change

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg offers the Golden Rule of Habit Change. To change a habit, we should keep the cue and reward but change the routine. 

This strategy can help add in a new habit, but it can be beneficial for changing bad habits.

For example, let’s say that you struggle with gossiping about a particular person. The cue for this habit is a specific habit of the person that irks you, and the reward for gossiping is increased attention from your peers. To help break this habit, you could develop something different to do when that person performs that habit. Maybe you could change the subject or work on saying something positive about the person. No matter what you choose, you would be following the golden rule of habit change. 

Strategy Two: Mini Habits

This strategy comes from a book by the same name by Stephen Guise. 

It all started with one pushup. After struggling to get into an exercise routine, Guise decided that, as a final resort, he would only make himself do the bare minimum of a workout: one pushup. He found that, by setting the standards for getting a win so low, he was typically motivated to do more. One pushup would become 15 pushups, for example. Getting these easy wins was very motivating.

He applied this strategy to other areas and found the same results: Having a low bar motivated him to do more and was encouraging on those awful days because he could still get a “win.”

To learn more about this strategy, I recommend Mini Habits. In particular, I recommend this strategy for people who are feeling stuck and have low self-confidence when creating habits, especially from failures in the past.

Strategy Three: Elastic Habits

This strategy is an extension of mini habits where, essentially, the extra reps are measured. Now, to get a win, a person can do a mini version, a plus version, or an elite version of a habit. No matter what a person chooses, they get a win. The flexibility of these habits is why they are called Elastic Habits.

I recommend this strategy for those who like the extra measurement provided by elastic habits and benefit from easy wins. I think mini practices are for everyone, but which option you choose depends on your personality! 

Conclusion: Applying the Importance of Good Habits

I hope that this article has helped you to see the importance of good habits and has given you some ideas about how to use habits to grow in all aspects of the progression.

I recommend first applying these strategies to health, especially if you do not yet have a good foundation. Need some help with that? You can subscribe to the email list below. You’ll receive a free workbook that you can use to choose and plan a healthy habit. 

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To learn more, I recommend the following books:

  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This book will help you better understand the psychology of habits and their application to habit creation.
  • Mini Habits by Stephen Guise. This book will help you to create your mini habits and see the benefit of them
  • Elastic Habits by Stephen Guise. This book will help you to create your elastic habits and see the benefit of them, as well as how mini habits inspired them.

Need some ideas for habits for the Radiant as the Son progression? Check out these articles to learn more about each aspect and some habit ideas: 

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