Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits Paperback
14 New Behaviours to Energise Your Life
by Joyce Meyer;
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Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits
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In 'Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits', Joyce Meyer begins by helping you separate the good from the bad. "Habits are learned things we do through repetition,” she says, “and eventually done either unconsciously or with little effort." Then, instead of concentrating your work and energy on the bad habits in your life, she helps you focus on developing your natural good habits.
Her main purpose is to focus your mind on what you want to do, rather than getting you frustrated by the things you’d rather be rid of but won’t seem to go away. Controlling your thoughts is her tool to accomplish this through her usual attention to practical self improving suggestions. Joyce shows you how to eliminate those habits that are not helpful, how to get yourself organised and how to be active in doing the right thing.
Joyce gives you the keys to unlocking the chains of those habits that imprison you; such as constant rushing, guilt about having to be perfect, and shirking responsibility for those who look to you. Then she encourages you to create worthwhile habits such as:
• Making wise decisions
• Becoming physically healthier
• Being happier
• Cultivating generosity toward others
• Addressing our addictions( whether they be to cell phones or unhealthy stimulants)
The book is in Joyce’s usual conversational and encouraging tone, reflecting her devotion to scripture through direct references and pointers on how to commune with God. This is a book for making a noticeable change in your own life that will affect your own well being and that the people close to you at home, work, church and in your community.
Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits by Joyce Meyer was published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2013 and is our 15026th best seller. The ISBN for Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits is 9781444749939.
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In this book, Joyce Meyer starts by examining the nature of habits. The first habit - and most important one to have - is the God Habit. By making it a habit to start your day by reading the Bible and communing with God, asking for His help in your efforts and His strength and sustenance, the stage is set for overcoming the habits you want to break and establishing new ones in their place. She then explores how to break bad habits by examining the destructive negative behaviour patterns. The author moves on to discuss 14 good habits and devotes a chapter to each.
By the end of the chapter, the reader has a specific roadmap to follow until the behavior has become automatic (the definition of a habit). It's like following a GPS to get you to a new place. After traveling the same route several times, the GPS isn't needed for you to find your destination. The 'habit' of following the right route is ingrained. Among the habits discussed are: The God Habit The Habit of Being Decisive The Health Habit The Happy Habit
"Joyce Meyer just has a way of making you feel like she is talking to you and knows exactly what's going on in your mind and heart. I really appreciate her tough love approach and her optimism when she asserts that you can do better and that you absolutely can enjoy your life" - Other Retailer's Reviewer.
"Her focus, as expected, is to have an understanding of God’s Word and what He want for us. Meyers shoots down any idea that we can break bad behaviors in our own efforts and stresses the importance of relying on faith to change behaviour." - Other Retailer's Reviewer.
"Her main point is that we should focus on what we want to do, rather than obsessing on what we no longer want to do. Controlling our thoughts (reprogramming our internal computer) is a forceful tool to accomplish this. Other salient points are repetition of good habits, teaching yourself to be organized, and being active in doing the right thing."- Other Retailer's Reviewer.
Don't Despair, Never Give Up: Learn the Habit of Faith
Joyce describes how bad habits are built up through repetition. While we’re forming them we don’t even see them as habits, we only see the later consequence of a behaviour pattern that doesn’t make us happy with ourselves. By then it’s often too late. They’ve become part of who we are – or rather who we’d rather not.
Joyce Meyer believes that you need to change one habit at a time. First you have to be honest and identify what’s a bad habit and what’s a good one. True change, she reckons, takes 30 days of repetition before something becomes a genuinely changed habit. Because her own lifestyle is firmly grounded in daily prayer and the Bible, each habit breaking journey starts right there; nothing, she insists is accomplished without God's help.
Joyce believes strongly in building yourself a support system with others – you aren’t alone in wanting to swap bad habits for ones, and in keeping your words and thoughts positive. Focus not on want you want to leave behind, but on what you’re working towards.
She also believes it’s important to celebrate and rejoice the good days; the ones where you accomplish something – however small, and every time you shake off the mistakes and disappointments that seem to set you back to square one. Don’t despair! Go right back to working toward your goal and never give up.
To help you break the habit of looking back in despair, she outlines four steps to help you stop making excuses, to lose the hurry habit, the emotional habit of self-pity and, instead, develop confidence in Christ and 'habitually' add value to others. There’s a word for this, she says: it’s discipline.
For encouragement, Joyce refers you to Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Further quoting Romans 12:21 and Galatians 5:16, Joyce calls you to "Live by decision, not by emotion." With her usual examples from her own life and the lives of others, she helps you concentrate on the good habits that will solve many bad habits and how the habit of faith is itself one of the best you can learn.
Details for Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits
|Page last updated||11th February 2016|
|Author / Artist||Joyce Meyer|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (April 2013)|
|Number of Pages||208|