Boy it’s hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones. This morning, for example, I dragged myself out of bed at 5 am and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. I had to get up earlier than normal because with only one functioning shower, we have a tight schedule for everyone to get ready in the morning. (Isn’t that bathroom remodel done yet, honey?)

Earlier this year, for five months in a row, I’d gotten into the great habit of working out at least four days a week. Then we went on vacation – and it was only for 6 days – but that’s all it took for me to get out of the habit of getting up early and exercising. Even though exercising made me feel better and helped me to lose a few pounds, I had trouble motivating myself to get up and do it.

I suppose it comes down to self-discipline and conquering the “natural man”. When we’re snuggled into our comfortable beds (and mine is super comfortable), and we don’t really have to get up yet, it doesn’t take much to convince ourselves to sleep that extra thirty to forty-five minutes.

There are lots of good habits I need to develop – eating healthier, reading my scriptures daily, working on my latest novel.

It can be challenging when you get pulled in many different directions at once, difficult to choose the best over the good. I guess what it really comes down to is priorities. Making time for what’s most important and discarding the things that waste our time.

What good habits are you trying to develop?

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