It is just that time of year. People are reassessing last year’s goals and setting new ones. They are making new year’s resolutions to make changes in their lives.
Almost a year ago I set out to change the way prayer had a part in my life. I had horrible prayer habits that I wanted to change. The name “prayer habits” popped into my mind and I took action.I set up this website and started writing content for a launch in March.
This week I listened to a new podcast by Adam Baker from Man vs. Debt where in interviewed Leo. The topic for episode 2 was about goal-setting…actually it was about setting no goals at all. It introduced me to an exciting new concept: don’t set goals, focus on developing habits.
What really motivates us to achieve goals? Is it the goal itself or the habits that get us there? This is something that I think is worth considering and something I want to give more thought.
Enjoy a new habit while you are doing it.
I have been doing a poor job of praying in the morning. Why? Because prayer became an action I needed to check off the list. I didn’t take any enjoyment out of it. I was just going through the motions.
So, today I started to focus on prayer I know I can enjoy. This morning I prayed with some music. Music played a big part in my conversion experiences as a teenager and I still get chills when I hear certain songs.
Today I start a new habit: enjoy prayer.
Continue to research new ways to prayer and test what works best for me, but always enjoy it.