- having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change
|Root:||From the Latin word inveteratus. In Latin this means “made old”.|
“Hatred is inveterate anger” – Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman Philosopher)
Did you know:
It takes 21 days to form a new habit or to break an old one? Lent is 40 days long. Just saying – here’s your chance.
Did you ever have a habit that you just couldn’t break?
Perhaps some might call it an addiction. Maybe you smoke, or overeat, or pick your nose. These are the habits that could be called inveterate. These are activities that you have been doing for so long that it is nearly inconceivable to think about not doing them. Yet inconceivable is not impossible. The key is that you can’t eliminate a bad habit. It is much more realistic to replace it with a different, and hopefully better, one. Being inveterate itself isn’t a bad thing. The key is to chose good habits to keep and bad habits to break.
Here are a few tips to get you started on choosing what you will be inveterate about this season.
- Understand your habits. Before you can begin to change something, you must first understand it. Examine what may be causing your bad habits and if there are any triggers
- Remove or mitigate as many triggers as possible. If you find that specific circumstances lead to the practice of your habit, change them
- Break your larger goal into manageable pieces. Having smaller sub-goals allow you to be successful sooner.
- Choose a better substitute. A GOOD habit moves you forward toward your goal or destination. A BAD habit, however, blocks you, slows you down, or ultimately prevents you from reaching your goal or destination.
- Overcome negative self-talk. You are what you think you are. We talked about this in a previous Word of the Week when we learned about being Resplendent.
- Get an accountability partner. Its always easier to work with someone else. This way you have you own cheering section to celebrate your successes and mourn your setbacks with you
- If you fall, get right back up. There are bound to be slip ups. The important thing to resisting the temptation to be inveterate is to keep moving forward. Even is you backslide a little, as long as you haven’t stopped tying victory is still possible.
- Celebrate small victories. Be proud of every accomplishment. Are you one day changed? Five days? Have you made it a full 21 yet? Celebration keeps you motivated.
- Once the bad habit has been replaced with the good – become inveterate about that
This week, your word is Inveterate.
Let’s see it in a couple of sentences
- Inveterate smokers are have a difficult time in a smoke free world.
- He was an inveterate weight-lifter, always at the gym..
Go forth, friends. Words are powerful. Use them well.
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