Overcoming Bad Habits

Those who do not control themselves are
like a city whose walls are broken down.
                —Proverbs 25:28

Do you have any bad habits? If you say “No,” I need to remind you that lying is a bad habit.

If you want to conquer a habit, here’s a trio of suggestions:

Admit it. Reject rationalizations: “That’s just me. That’s who I am. I’ve always been like that.” Such cop-outs justify bad behavior; instead of fighting it, they evade it. If you won’t admit it, you can’t defeat it.

Be realistic. It won’t be easy. It won’t be fast. It won’t be without stumbles—but occasional failure is better than permanent bondage.

Pat yourself on the back. You’re on the road to winning. Stick with it. You’ll get there.

Losing a bad habit isn’t a loss.