What Are You Going To Stop Doing Today?

Stop it.

There is something you are doing today that you should not be doing. I don’t know what it is and I don’t particularly want to. The point is you do and you know that it is wrong. Wrong to yourself and wrong to others. Damaging and destructive. You know you need to stop and that thought nags away at you constantly. Well that’s good for that’s your conscience talking. If you care enough to know it’s wrong then you can find the strength to stop doing it.

Think of all the times you have tried to stop before and failed. How did you feel when you relapsed into your old ways? Beaten, despairing, self loathing. Not a great way to live is it? Now imagine a world without that ‘thing’. Imagine the freedom, knowing that it no longer had a grip on you. Write a list if you need to outlining how you currently feel and how you would feel if you stopped. I wager that the pros far outweigh the cons. Which is why you need to stop in order to kickstart your life again.

You are better than this. You know that deep down. It needs you more than you need it. You were created for better but life has just temporarily derailed you. It’s time to dust yourself down and get back on track. It’s time to cross over to the other side. I know you can do it. Why? Because I did. I stopped and it turned my life around. And if useless old me can stop then so can you. What’s more I’m by your side and you can be accountable to me. For as long as you need me. Here’s what we are going to do.

Small bites. Commit to stopping for 24 hours. Don’t look beyond that. But for those 24 hours give it everything you’ve got. You will be tempted but that’s ok, that’s normal. The key is that you don’t give in to that temptation. Fill the void in your day that the ‘thing’ consumes with something else. Anything else. Stay busy and push on through. I am here if you need to talk. I will be thinking of you and praying for you. Just get through that first 24 hours. Then we can think about the next 24.

Will you join me in stopping today?

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  1. I will need to remember this and put this in my phone list. Best post ever. Next to the pain killer blog. I know which habit I’ll kick today. Thank you. Comes on the perfect day to stop. Greetings to ‘useless old me’, it’s time for you to leave too. 😉

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  2. Ah, Stephen…I am sure all who follow you would agree that you are not “useless old me.” God is really using you, friend, to help so many.

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  3. Yes! Allowing everything I want to do overwhelm me and then fill me with anxiety. Need to stick to my plan and focus on achieving my goals one step at a time. And! Appreciating all the little things that I have already accomplished the past few months 🙂

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  4. I’ve been thinking about the thing I need to stop doing and what I need to do instead for a few days now and here’s your post. Perfect timing. 🙂 Thank you!

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  5. Wow. I needed this today. I went for coffee with a friend today and she said something that I think is sort of along the same lines- it was “you have a million little decisions to make that will either keep you on the right track, or derail you”. I’ve been making the wrong ones. Whether that’s using the razor blade “just one more time” or purging my meal “one more time” or skipping that meal “one more time”.
    So my next decision is that for the next 24 hours, I’m going to STOP letting my impulses control me. I’m going to take control of my decisions and give up my desire for control over the outcome.

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  6. 3 weeks ago, I turned off the TV. Usually the first thing I do when I get home from work is turn it on while I make dinner. Made a commitment to 15 mins of centering prayer instead and it has changed my life. Now I’ve decided to severely limit my time, watching only if it makes me laugh or if I learn something. I had a nasty diet of murder mysteries, Judge Judy (please don’t hold that against me) and the news- lots of news. ugh. “If you want to change your life, you need to change your habits.” Thanks for another great post, Stephen.

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  7. I have many things I committed to this year – most of them revolve around getting healthier to avoid drs. But one thing that is most important to me is stop complaining. I have a habit of stirring the hypothetical pot and beating the proverbial dead horse way too much, so much so that I tend to live there….dedicated to stopping that. Thank you for post.

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  8. Amen! Thank you so much for the post. I needed this. There have been times and even now where I try and fight the thing on my own and I end up relapsing into it.

    So, yes. I will join you in stopping today.

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