Successful Habits By Dean A. Banks, D.d.

Are there certain habits that you can practice in order to become completely fulfilled? Do you feel that it is too much work or are you afraid to even try? Trying is lying. Just follow what habits you need to employ and you will reap the benefits in life that you so deserve.

The most grievous thing you can do to inhibit your Divine growth and expansion is to consistently lie to yourself. What causes you to incessantly do this? Is it the way you look at things? Is it the easy way out? Or is it the ‘force of habit’ generated from a desire to remain in your comfort zone? It comes from your accepted subconscious belief system that you have adopted in the past in order to protect yourself from harm. Is this belief system still relaying the truth? Is it still valid? The only thing that you can totally rely

on is that ‘things’ change, or should we say, our perceptions rearrange as to how they appear to us in accordance with our interactivity in our environments.

A dynamic and reliable belief system grows and expands along with your awareness and spiritual development. It does NOT remain static. Periodically, we must purge our individual belief systems of erroneous beliefs that no longer serve our currently developed state of expanded awareness. Ferret out these burdensome beliefs and discharge their control over your thoughts, words, actions and behaviors. It is what Dr. Stephen Covey calls “Sharpening the Saw” in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Growing and expanding your awareness of life requires ongoing ‘work’. Be diligent and focused in your pursuit of happiness, awareness and fulfillment. Know that as you grow you will drop a few branches here and there in order to reach the height of your Divine potential.

In his 1989 book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Dr. Stephen R. Covey outlines personal habits that allow us to realize a ‘paradigm shift’ in our abilities to become effective in manifesting whom and what we were created to be. I have had this book with me since that time and refer to it as my ‘secular Bible’. It has a very straightforward approach to ‘turning around’ challenges and perceived ‘problems’ into proactive steps toward the manifestation of your Divine purpose.

In the first habit, ‘Be Proactive’, Covey outlines ‘Principles of Personal Vision’. He suggests that we listen to what language we use in our daily lives to help convert us from being ‘reactive’ into being ’proactive’. How we use our language determines what course of action we take. A reactive person, when confronted with a problem, might say, “There’s nothing I can do.” The language of a proactive person would be to the same problem, “Let’s look at our alternatives.”

Instead of throwing your arms up in the air and resolving yourself to a perceived fate or being helpless in manifesting a desired outcome, one ‘chooses’ to influence their environment with a proactive response

that sets the tone for subsequent manifestations. Instead of saying, “That’s the way I am”; say “I can choose a different approach.” He emphasizes taking responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, words, actions and behaviors. Instead of reacting to someone else’s behavior by saying, “He makes me so mad”, say to yourself, “I can control my own feelings.” Do not give your personal power away to others by giving up before you’ve even started. Don’t say, “They won’t allow that”; say “I can create and effective presentation.” Instead of saying, “I have to do that”, say “I will choose an appropriate response.”

He further states that accepting responsibility for what you say is from a basic paradigm of determinism. Say, “I choose” instead of “I can’t”; “I prefer”, instead of “I must”; and “I will” instead of “If only.” We all make individual choices based on the ‘perceived consequences’ of challenges or problems we encounter. Reactive language becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, Dr. Covey states. “People become reinforced in the paradigm that they are determined, and they produce evidence to support the belief. They feel increasingly victimized and out of control, not in charge of their life or their destiny. They blame outside forces---other people, circumstances, even the stars---for their own situation”, Dr. Covey states.

To start being more proactive and less reactive, we must become more and more aware of what ‘commands’ we speak into our environments. I highly recommend that all of you pick up a copy of this book. It will definitely give you finite principles to ‘turn things around’ in the manifestation of your Divine purpose in Divine order. May you speak love and beautiful co-creation into your world each and every day of your life! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)

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