The very last step is to: Take a Long-Range View.
People it takes a long time to change, while it takes others less time to change. Basically, everyone changes at different time and paces. Just because you might not be making the changes fast enough, shouldn’t discourage you.
Think of this scenario: Imagine you want to eat healthier foods.
- The first week, you do great. You eat carrots, broccoli, salads, and stayed away from junk food.
- The second week, you pig out on chip and soda on only one day.
- The third week, you stay away from junk food and eat health food.
- The fourth week, you barely had any of the health stuff and ate out in fast food restaurants.
- The fifth week, you do good, but from this point on you eat healthy everyday.
It took five weeks to make your new habit part of your life. That may seem like a long time, but once you reach your goal, you will be glad you have this new good habit.
BIBLE PRINCIPLE: “The righteous one may fall seven times, and he will get up again.”—Proverbs 24:16.
The Bible encourages a long-range view. What counts in the end is, not how many times we fall, but how many times we get up again.
What can I DO:
- A relapse is not a permanent failure. Expect to face many difficulties and setbacks.
- Focus on the positive. Think back when you did meet your goal. Let that experience lead you to want to do it all again. Don’t dwell on the bad.
Would you like to know how Bible principles can help you in other aspects of life, such as dealing with anxiety, building a happy family life, and finding real happiness? Speak with any of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or visit our website, jw.org.
Jehovah’s Witnesses. (2016, August). How to Harness Your Habits. Awake! How to Harness Your Habits, Vol. 97(No. 4), 6.