3 Reasons You Need to Cultivate Habits for a Joy-Filled Life
Picking only 3 reasons for you to cultivate habits for a joy-filled life was difficult. You could really spend an entire series talking about this! However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of having to change so I wanted to make sure that these changes can be made attainable.
Good Habits vs Bad Habits
The title of this post is a little misleading now that I think about it. I should have specified “You need to cultivate good habits for a joy-filled life”. While the differences may be obvious, I realize now how bad habits can sometimes be disguised as good habits based on your perspective. I’ll keep my definitions brief for the sake of time.
According to dictionary.com, the word habit is defined as:
Good habits ultimately lead you to your goals in life. Do you want to be more intentional with your time? I’d like to think you do since you’re reading this post. How about getting a better handle on your budget, both time and financial?
Is your goal to eat better and sleep better?
Good habits will give you the leg up and help propel you towards those goals.
It goes without saying that bad habits hold you back. They can look like just “regular” habits such as going out to eat once a week or spending money on a soda every time you go get gas for your car.
If you step back and evaluate everything you do in a day, some habits might not necessarily play a big role in your ultimate goals in life. For example, if you make your bed or not. Some people might think that this a small stepping stone toward your goal of being more intentional, other might not need to make their bed every morning. That particular example depends on the person.
Another example would be dressing up in “real” clothes if you work from home. For some, this plays a huge factor in their productivity. For me, it honestly doesn’t make much of a difference.
You need to be real honest with yourself when you do this simple evaluation of whether or not you’re cultivating a bad habit or not.
I would recommend that you have someone else who you trust to help you give a “review” of some habits that you have and whether or not they think they’re actually helping you reach your goals. This might be a hard one to swallow because some of the feedback you receive might not be pleasant, but I promise it will help open your eyes to the habits that you thought were just “regular” that could actually be holding you back.
Reason Number 1
Habits give you a sense of rhythm.
If you want to get a better sense of how you spend your time, forming good habits can help you reach your goals. I don’t know about you, but I am always seeking to have a more joy-filled spirit. Cultivating good habits can help you maintain that joy.
It took me a while to realize that joy isn’t a feeling of happiness. You have to be intentional about being joyful. Cultivating good habits can provide that sense of rhythm, thus giving you a more natural bent towards a joy-filled life.
Reason Number 2
Helps you prioritize and be intentional.
Not only will good habits help propel you towards your goals by enabling you to be more joy-filled, they will also help you to prioritize your time and be more intentional.
These habits don’t just happen overnight, obviously. They take deliberate planning and discipline. Honestly, this has been the hardest lesson for me to learn since I started being more intentional with my habits. Oftentimes I wish it would just take care of itself but it takes determination and a “don’t give up” attitude to get you there.
One of the side effects I love about this journey of self-improvement is all of the lessons learned along the way. You learn more about what you’re made of and what you’re capable of doing. You are made for so much more!
Reason Number 3
Gives you purpose.
Having a goal to work towards helps give purpose and meaning. Once I stopped working full time outside of the home, there were times that I wondered if what I was doing was worth it. While I am a firm believer in being a stay at home mom, I was so used to working outside of the home that I struggled with feeling like I was contributing. I’m past that now thanks to my change of perspective and setting goals for myself.
Cultivating good habits will always be a pursuit because I know that it will give purpose and meaning to my days. Having purpose for your days will create an atmosphere of joy, not only in your heart but also in your home.
It is my desire that you have a basic understanding of the purpose of good habits and how they can cultivate a joy-filled life. Cultivating good habits will give you a sense of rhythm, set priorities and intention, and purpose. Joy is a choice, not a feeling. You have to choose to be joyful.
Choose joy and choose to work on cultivating good habits. I promise that you will notice a difference in how your life takes shape!
Have you worked on changing your bad habits to good habits?
What are some things that you have changed in order to choose more joy?