Successful Habits

Character is developed by the habits we commit to and practice. What are your current habits? What type of character are those producing in you? Below, there is a list of habit that will produce excellent character.

Prep Work:

  • Identify your skills, prioritize them, and improve the most important ones
  • Identify your talents
  • Clarify your personal goals
  • Identify your hopes and desires and ask God for guidance
  • Identify your spiritual gifts
  • Ask God what His purposes for you are (“The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren)
  • Think about who you want to become – use 1Cor 13, Gal 5:22-23, and John 13:1-17
  • Identify something you are passionate about
  • Identify something you are curious about (some people can’t identify a passion)


Good Habit Desire or Have
Write in a personal Christian growth journal daily
Start to create your life plan (refer to “The Life Plan” by Shannah Kennedy) – review weekly
Write down your definition of success and review it daily
Read good books (such as “Atomic Habits” by James Clear)
Exercise physically, at least 3 times per week
Identify one of your dreams and take steps to make it happen – weekly
Prioritize your talents and improve the most important ones – weekly
Identify your limiting beliefs (what prevents you from achieving success) and change them weekly
Identify your good habits, prioritize them, and improve the most important ones – review weekly
Identify your bad habits and make a plan to break each one – review weekly
Take a risk and do something out of your comfort zone (expect failure) – weekly
Take the opportunity to speak publicly – monthly
Volunteer – weekly
Be on time – daily
Follow through on your commitments – daily
Think before speaking – review weekly
Be genuinely kind – daily
Practice being a better listener (read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey)
Fulfill your immediate responsibilities – daily
Have a more positive attitude – review daily
Make a To-Do list – daily
Seek out positive, successful people – weekly
Avoid distractions – TV, Social Media, unproductive friends, meaningless activities
Write a list of things you are thankful for – nightly
Practice Spiritual Habits – daily (see page with your spiritual habits)
Improve focus in the moment – hourly
Consciously release worry – hourly
Forgive others and yourself – daily
Learn from your failures – review daily
Get at least 8 hours of sleep – daily
Get up early to start your day – daily
Save money and avoid unnecessary spending – review weekly


Here’s an encouragement about skills and the Holy Spirit. God can put wisdom, understanding and skills into your heart and mind. Don’t limit Him. Receive all that He wants to give you. When you serve the Lord, you bring glory to Him.

  • “And Moses said to the children of Israel, See, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.” (Ex 35:30,34)
  • “And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the LORD has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the LORD has commanded.” (Ex 36:1)


Creating Successful Spiritual Habits

Ask the Lord to give you direction. You cannot completely change your habits overnight. But you can improve a habit slowly. Ask God to help you start a new habit. Then commit to make this habit a part of your character.


Habit I Have / Want It Start Date Progress Notes
Read the Bible daily
Pray daily
Speak affirmations daily
Study the Bible weekly
Encourage a person daily
Do one good deed weekly in the name of Jesus
Glorify God with your creativity
Learn something new daily
Take an uncomfortable risk weekly
Share your faith monthly
Ask God to increase your faith weekly – pray for a miracle
Give sacrificially monthly – of your time, money, talent


You can change:

Dr. Bandura, Stanford researcher and professor:

  1. Guided Mastery = take small, incremental steps to overcome phobias
  2. Self-Efficacy = belief in your own ability to change. You take on tougher challenges, persevere longer, and are more resilient through obstacles.

(Creative Confidence by David Kelley, p. 37-39)