(This is from a leadership lesson that i recently gave… its kinda written out in notes form but you get the idea.)

Habits  – by John Kelly

One of the most important skills that any growing leader can develop is the ability to: 1. Develop healthy habits…and 2. Break unhealthy habits. it is intentionally done and takes focus and time to accomplish.

* We need to be able to recognize what habit needs to be purposely put into place, and what habit needs to be purposefully phased out of your life.

We all have habits.. habits are not a bad thing, habits are also not a good thing…it all depends on what are you doing and if it is building you up or tearing you down as a person.


Positive habits – We may Remember to pray at certain times of the day or to always react positively in a certain challenging situations. We may have developed a habit of reading at a certain time of day or to be thoughtful or kind because it would feel out of place and unnatural for you not to.

Process of sanctification: the Process of becoming like Christ

In Sanctification we are constantly replacing who we are with who Christ is and wants us to be

–      The Bumps, roadblocks, hardest parts of that process are our unhealthy habits… because they are engrained within us

–       We need to spend extra time, extra effort, extra focus on those areas / in order to overcome

Negative habits – maybe you always pass up a certain opportunity, step away from a challenge, always lose your temper when this happens… react a certain way negatively… whatever it may be.

Eph 4:22 (NLT) throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness — righteous, holy, and true. 

Eph 4:22 (MSG) Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything – and I do mean everything – connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life, 23 a life renewed from the inside 24 and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

We have to be able to see the opportunity to replace an unhealthy habit with a positive healthy one. 

–       Example 1 : Every time stress happens you begin to worry, have anxiety…

This is a perfect opportunity to develop a healthy habit in its place…now I pray, trust God, remind myself to not worry…

–       Example 2 : You have a hard time finding time to read, resource yourself, get into the word & prayer

–       Opportunity to begin putting aside time to do this… right when I get up, get home from school…set an alarm.

*Takes about 3 weeks of doing things for them to become a habit.

– We must make it a point to develop healthy growing habits and make this a part of our  life

– That doesn’t mean to make it a routine… do it without thinking.

Challenge yourself to write out your week and look honestly at what habits you have fallen into and how you can begin to replace the negative ones with something positive.



  1. Good Stuff !

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