What Does it Take To Change a Bad Habit

by Christine Sine

“Keep it simple, make it meaningful, stick to it”  That is some of the best advice that I have ever received on how to establish a new habit.  It came to mind as I read this article from Zen Habits

Our daily lives are often a series of habits played out through the day, a trammeled existence fettered by the slow accretion of our previous actions.

But habits can be changed, as difficult as that may seem sometimes.  Read the entire article

This is a topic that really intrigues me because I find that not only am I not good at changing my habits but most of those in the churches I am involved in aren’t good either.  I think that the same suggestions for changing a bad habit in this article are good for reinforcing a good habit which is of course what establishing sustainable spiritual practices is all about.

What concerns me is that often we don’t change our bad spiritual habits because we want a quick and easy fix that takes no discipline and little effort.  Changing habits just does not happen like that.

What are the most effective ways that you have found to change bad spiritual practices into good ones?

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