Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Power of Habit and the Neglected Vineyard

Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you. ~Elbert Hubbard
I love the book of Proverbs. It is filled with life lessons and words of wisdom to live by.  Today as I was reading, I came across a passage about the lazy person.  I stopped and reflected on its powerful message about the power of habit and how it can change your life if you will learn from it and apply it to your life.

Here it is:  I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.  It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.  Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, and a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (Proverbs 24:30-34)

First, we read that somebody was walking.  We do not know where this person was going or where he came from, but we do know that he was observing the scenery along the way.  A neglected vineyard immediately got his attention.  There was nobody out working and caring for it, and obviously nobody had for some time.  Its walls were broken down and it was overgrown with weeds and thorns.  The unsightly image taught this man a great lesson about work and applying yourself.  For whatever reason, the owner did not put in the work needed to take good care of his property. 

This made me think about forming and maintain healthy habits.  If we take care of the vineyards of our minds and bodies, we will have good results.  But if we neglect them, our fields with be overgrown with unwanted consequences.  Our health, relationships, work and overall well-being are all affected by the power of habit. 

I love this quote: 
People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. ~ FM Alexander

We can all decide to do our part in establishing
healthy habits for life.  To find out how, check out:  21 Power Habits for a Winning Life (Volumes 1 and 2).  Each chapter has a power habit with tips on how to apply and practice the habit.  Each habit will empower you to be fruitful and live a winning life!
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. – Vince Lombardi
Everybody doesn’t want to be great, and many people who want to be great aren’t willing to do the work to make it possible. ~Zig Ziglar

Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved. Written by Krystal Kuehn.
Co-founder of New Day Family Couples Counseling, MI
Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a licensed professional counselor, international best-selling author, teacher, and musician. She specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, and develop a lifestyle of health, happiness, and love. Krystal is the cofounder of

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