Inner Growth Word of the Day: Habit
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 5. the prevailing disposition or character of a person’s thoughts and feelings: mental makeup. 6. a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior. 7 a. a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance. 7 b. an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.
Habit in a sentence: In time, it gets harder to change our habits, but it isn’t something impossible.
Habit in action: When we are used to doing the same thing day after day we develop a habit, the same goes for thought patterns repeated over an extended period of time.
Habit and inner growth: Habits create an inclination towards an expected or desired outcome for situations and patterns of thought. This means anytime something opposite to that happens, it shakes us up a bit; this is the opportunity one can take to pursue inner growth. Recognizing one’s habit, while staying open to what is happening opposite of what we’re used to is how we make room to see beyond our own patterns of thought and behavior.
Habit and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think about habits? Can I break my habits? Do I want to? Or are there only some habits I want to break? If so, which ones and why? Do I know others who have broken their habits? Do I think there can be bad and good habits? If so, does that dual vision create a habit too? Is a habit limiting in any way? Do I gain emotional support from my habits? Did I learn my habits from someone?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with habit at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Next make a list of five habits that stand out about you. Write a story with those habits being the opposite and create a story with a positive outcome to it. How much did the habits influence the outcome?
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about habit and try to notice if those feelings include reassurance or anxiety, then think about removing those habits or finding yourself in a situation where you have to make a conflicting choice with a habit and notice what types of feelings arise. If there’s a high level of discomfort you may want to take a break from the exercise. When you come back to it or if you don’t need a break, the question that you want to follow up with (as you are pinpointing your feelings) is what do you think is the reason for the feelings that you are feeling. Keep asking those ‘whys’ until you feel you have arrived at the answer.
Your turn – Share your habit sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂