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Note: A lot of the material is inspired by Craig Groeschel’s book. Each week, I take concepts from Pastor Craig Groeschel’s book, The Power To Change, and apply them to brain health.

“What if you had met Elon Musk in 1995 when he left Stanford University to start his first software company?” [1]

“What if you’d met Simone Biles when she was fourteen years old and competing in her first classic gymnastics event in her hometown of Houston, Texas?” [1]

Would you have been able to spot something different in either of these examples ten-plus years ago?

“What if I told you I could predict what your life will be like in ten years?“ [1]

What if I could tell whether you’ll be:1

  • Better off financially
  • Closer to God
  • Healthier
  • More together than ever
  • Happier
  • In a circle of good friends

“The life you are living right now is shaping the life you will live tomorrow.” -Craig Groeschel

How?

“Because your habits today are telegraphing your future. The life you are living right now is shaping the life you will live tomorrow.” [1]

“We all have the best intentions, but intentions don’t determine direction. Actions do.” [1]

“We all have hopes. But hoping for a different future doesn’t lead to a different future. Hope doesn’t change your life. Habits do.” [1]

“So if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what You’ve been getting. The life you’re living today is shaping the life you’ll live tomorrow.” [1]

“The life you want can be the life you’re living in ten years. But you will not get there because of your intentions, your hopes, or a few ‘lucky breaks.’” [1]

Two Essential Components

Let’s focus on two essential components you’ll need to become the you that you want to be. [1]

Small

“The first component is ‘small.’ Remember: the small things no one sees can lead to the big results everyone wants. The issue with small things is that they are easy to do but also easy not to do. They never seem significant. Ignoring or skipping them always feels acceptable. But you sculpt your life with the small stuff.” [1]

Consistent

“The second component is ‘consistent.’ Doing the small thing once is insignificant. Doing the right small things over and over has magnitude you cannot measure.” [1]

“…getting the life you want will be the result of countless seemingly small decisions, done consistently over time.” [1]

The Story of Nehemiah

Nehemiah was the cupbearer for Artaxerxes, the King of Persia. [1]

The Babylonians invaded Jerusalem during Daniel’s time, seventy years before Nehemiah. [1]

The Babylonians destroyed the city and took most of the people. Some Jews remained in Jerusalem. [1]

When Nehemiah heard how bad Jerusalem was, he “sat down and wept” (Neh. 1:4).

Nehemiah believed he could make a difference, so he took responsibility. [1]

“For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” Neh. 1:4).

Nehemiah began with prayer, which is the right place to start. When you don’t know what to do, go to the one who does. [1]

Nehemiah was strategic in getting permission to leave and go rebuild the wall. [1]

Nehemiah told the people of Jerusalem about his plan. He passionately convinced the people they had to do something. [1]

Just as Nehemiah rebuilt the wall. “We will change our lives one small habit at a time.” [1]

Remember

“…getting the life you want will be the result of countless seemingly small decisions, done consistently over time.” -Craig Groeschel

Nehemiah slowly built up momentum. Optimism began to grow as well.

Much like Nehemiah faced resistance from Sanballat and Tobiah, we will face resistance. [1]

You might hear whispers like: [1]

  • What are you doing?
  • Will you really restore this part of your life?
  • Do you think you can accomplish this in a day?
  • That part of your life is dead.
  • You think you can bring it back to life?

You are likely to find yourself at that same place. It usually happens like this: [1]

  1. You begin by defining a win.
  2. You make some progress and feel good about it.
  3. You realize you still have a long way to go.

There’s a good chance after you make some headway, you will discover the journey is longer and harder than you first imagined. At this point, you might think to yourself that you thought you would be further along by now. It will be tempting to quit here. [1]

Like Nehemiah, when we get discouraged, it’s a sign that we need to go to God in prayer. [1]

“Nehemiah knew a truth we need to understand: we cannot consistently do the right things over the long haul, in our own power.” [1]

“We need power we don’t possess. We need God’s power.” [1]

“Here’s another huge truth for us to learn: we must value progress over perfection.” [1]

“You will trip. You will fall. Your journey won’t be perfect. But keep moving in the right direction. Your goal is not perfection, it’s progress.” [1]

“So on October 2 the wall was finished-just fifty-two days after we had begun” (Neh. 6:15 NLT).

“For 140 years the people lived in danger without a wall.” [1]

“Change took fifty-two days.” [1]

What strategic habit do you need to start?  [1]

  • Spending ten minutes a day in prayer?
  • Limiting your time on Instagram to thirty minutes or less a day?
  • Walking a mile after dinner each night?
  • Writing three things you’re thankful for in a gratitude journal at the end of every day?
  • Taking the first ten minutes of each day to prioritize and plan your time?
  • Planning a weekly date with your spouse or kid?
  • Tithing, to help you grow your trust in God?

All of these habits are easy to do. The thing about strategic habits is that they are easy to do and easy not to do. Knowing the impact that your strategic habit might have on your life is essential to consistently do your habit. [1]

“For years psychologists told us that a habit could be formed in just twenty-one days. Recent studies have refuted that finding, reporting that, for the average person, it takes sixty-six days to create a lasting habit.” [1, 2]

What habit do you need to strategically stop? [1]

  • Using a credit card?
  • Raising your voice in anger?
  • Hanging out with friends who have a negative influence on you?
  • Watching a certain TV show?
  • Spending money on things (cable TV, Netflix, Starbucks, eating out for lunch, etc.) that keep you from paying off debt?

“I know this: Each day, the effect will seem inconsequential. You may not see any difference at first. But change is happening. You are changing your life.” [1]

Exercise

What area of your life is not what it was or what it should be? [1]

Begin with prayer. Ask God to help you develop a strategy. [1]

List a few bricks you can focus on in the next few days to take

small and consistent steps. [1]

Principle

We need a power we don’t possess. [1]

Value progress over perfection. [1]

“LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night.” -Nehemiah 1:5-6

Sources:

[1] Groeschel, C. (2023). The Power to Change: Mastering the Habits That Matter Most. Zondervan.

[2] Jessica Dickler, “As Inflation Heats Up, 64% of Americans Are Now Living Paycheck to Paycheck,” CNBC.com, March 8, 2022, www.cnbc.com/2022/03/08/as-prices-rise-64-percent-of-americans-live-paycheck-to-paycheck.html

[3] Andrew Herrig, “Personal Finance Statistics 2021: Shocking Facts on Money, Debt, and More,” Wealthy Nickel, January 9, 2021, wealthynickel.com/personal-finance-statistics

[4] Erin El Issa, *2021 American Household Credit Card Debt Study,” NerdWallet, January 11, 2022, www.nerdwallet.com/blog/average-credit-card-debt-household.

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Transcript

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Hello and welcome to The Overflow Podcast. My name
is Craig Booker. The title of this episode is You In Ten.

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A lot of the material for this week’s
episode was inspired by Craig Groechel’s book The Power

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to Change – Mastering the Habits That Matter Most.
Note: I will talk a lot about mental health, but

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please note this is not a substitute for therapy
or mental health care I am not a counselor or

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a physician if you need help with mental health
challenges please find a qualified mental health

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professional the title of this episode is you in

    1. in this section of the book Craig Rochelle

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starts off the book asking some questions so he
says what if you had met Elon Musk in 1995 when

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he left Stanford University to start his first
software company what if you met Simone biles

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when she was 14 years old and competing in her
first Classic Gymnastics event in her hometown

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of Houston Texas would you have been able to spot
something different in either of these examples

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of 10 plus years ago today these individuals are
very well known in their respective Fields but

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would you been able to ex to to spot something
different in them 10 years ago when they weren’t

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so well known he asked the question what if I told
you I could predict what your life would be like

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in 10 years what if I could tell you whether
you’ll be better off financially closer to God

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healthier more together than ever uh happier
or in a circle of good friends the life you

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are living right now is shaping the life you will
live tomorrow and that’s from Craig ochelle how

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like how is he he gonna figure this out and he
says because your habits today are telegraphing

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your future the life you are living right now
is shaping the life you will live tomorrow

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but we all have the best intentions but intentions
don’t determine Direction actions do we all have

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hopes but hopes for a different future doesn’t
lead to a different Future Hope doesn’t change

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your life habits do so if you keep doing
what you’ve been doing you’ll keep getting

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what you’ve been getting the life you’re living
today is shaping the life you’ll live tomorrow

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uh the life you want can be the life you’re
living in 10 years but you will not get there

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because of your intentions your hopes or a few
lucky breaks in this section of the book Craig

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Rochelle talks about like how he used to I think
how he used to view like famous people or people

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that were real well off and maybe that they just
got there because you know they were lucky or the

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right place at the right time maybe they had some
good connections either with family uh and so he’s

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really changed his perspective on how he views
successful people and that they get there because

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of their habits and so in this section he’s he’s
talking about he could predict like where these

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people could be or where certain people could
be by looking at their habits and their routines

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and so he goes into two what he calls two
essential components he says let’s focus on

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two essential components you’ll need to become the
you that you want to be and the first one that he

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speaks of is what we’ll call small and he says the
first component is small remember the Small Things

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no one sees can lead to the big results everyone
wants the issue with small things is that they’re

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so easy just to do or not do uh they never seem
significant uh ignoring or skipping them always

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feels acceptable but you sculpt your life with
the small stuff and then the second category

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that he talks about is consistent the second
component is consistent doing the small Thing

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Once is insignificant doing the right small things
over and over has a magnitude you cannot measure

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and there’s quote he says getting the life you
want will be the result of countless seemingly

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small decisions done consistently over time we
have these two pieces one being doing these small

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things and then the second part doing them
consistently uh this leads us to the story

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of Nehemiah and Nehemiah was the cut bearer
of artist Xerxes the King of Persia and the

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Babylonians invaded Jerusalem during Daniel’s
time and that was some 70 years before Nehemiah

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and the Babylonians destroyed the city and took
most of the people some Jews remained in Jerusalem

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and when Nehemiah heard how bad Jerusalem was
it it says in Nehemiah 1 4 that he sat down and

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wept it wrecked Nehemiah to hear the condition
of Jerusalem and so Nehemiah believed he could

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make a difference so he took responsibility
Nehemiah 1 4 it says for some days I’m mourned

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and fasted and prayed before the god of Heaven
Nehemiah began with prayer which is the right

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place to start when you don’t know what to do
go to the one who does Nehemiah was strategic

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and and getting permission from the King to
leave and rebuild to even go rebuild the wall

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and Nehemiah told the people of Jerusalem about
his plan like when he arrived there he he told

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him about this plan and he passionately convinced
them convinced the people they had to do something

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so he told this story uh of his plan and he
must have been a good speaker or at least

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pretty convincing and passionate about what
he wanted to achieve because he went about

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convincing people to help rebuild this wall and
so it says just as Nehemiah rebuilt the wall we

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will change our lives one small habit at a time
remember getting the life you want will be the

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result of countless seemingly small decisions done
consistently over time and that’s Craig Rochelle

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Nehemiah slowly built up momentum optimism began
to grow as well and much like Nehemiah faced

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resistance from sandalot and tobiah we will face
resistance you might hear Whispers when you’re

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trying to do something to change your life and
some of these Whispers might say like what are

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you doing will you really restore this part of
your life do you think you can accomplish this in

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a day that part of your life is dead you think you
can bring it back to life so you may hear these

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Whispers in your head of you know just doubt and
resistance you’re likely to find yourself at the

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same place it usually happens like this you begin
by defining your win you know we’ve talked about

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habits and the person we want to be and we did go
into details about defining what our win would be

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so you begin by defining your win you make some
progress and feel good about it and you realize

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you still have a long way to go there’s a good
chance after you make some Headway you’ll discover

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the journey is longer and harder than you first
imagine at this point you might think to yourself

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that you thought you would be further along by now
it will be tempting to quit here you know recently

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I I got to this point in my own personal journey
of trying to eat healthier and lose weight I had

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a goal of losing a certain amount of pounds and
I was right at halfway I was at 50 percent I had

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made it 50 to my goal and I was excited because
I had seen so much progress so I’ve seen this

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personally just you know currently what I’m doing
in the last week or so and so I really related

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to this statement of making it halfway and how
Nehemiah made it halfway about rebuilding the wall

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all right so uh

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you know you might get to this point where you’re
halfway there and think that you would think you

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would be further along by now and it’s really
tempting just to quit at this point halfway

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like Nehemiah when we get discouraged it’s
a sign that we need to go to God In Prayer

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it’s recognizing that we maybe don’t have the
power we need to complete and successfully

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uh do these habits over and over again we need
strength from the holy spirit so Nehemiah went

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to God In Prayer and Nehemiah knew a truth we
need to understand is we cannot consistently

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do the right things over the Long Haul in our own
power we need power that we don’t possess we need

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God’s power and here’s another huge Truth for us
to learn is we must value progress over Perfection

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you’re gonna trip you’re gonna mess up you’re
gonna fail your Journey won’t be perfect but

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keep moving in the right direction your goal
is not to be do this perfectly it’s progress

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so it says in Nehemiah 6 verse 15 New Living
Translation it says so on October 2nd the wall was

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finished just 52 days after they had begun or 140
years the people lived in danger without a wall

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and this change only took 52 days less than
two months Gregor shell poses the question

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again what strategic habit do you need to start
maybe this is spending 10 minutes a day in prayer

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maybe it’s limiting your time on Instagram the
30 minutes or less a day uh walking a mile after

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dinner each night writing three things you’re
thankful for in a gratitude Journal at the end

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of every day taking the first 10 minutes of each
day to prioritize and plan your time maybe it’s

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planning a weekly date with your spouse or kid
uh tithing to help you grow your trust in God

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that all of these habits are easy to do the
thing about strategic habits is that they’re

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easy to do and easy not to do knowing the
impact that your strategic habit might have

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on your life is essential to consistently doing
your habit we’ve got to realize the impact that

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these habits are going to have in the long
term in order for us to keep going it says

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for years psychologists told us that a habit
could be formed in just 21 days recent Studies

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have refuted that finding reporting that on for
the average person it takes 66 days to create

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a lasting habit so again asking the question
what habit do you need to strategically stop

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you know we’ve talked about starting habits but we
need we also need to look at habits that we’re we

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want to stop to become the person we’re trying to
become so maybe these this is using a credit card

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if you’re trying to get out of debt maybe it’s you
know you need to stop raising your voice and anger

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uh maybe you need to stop hanging out with friends
who have a negative influence on you watching a

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certain TV show spending money on things like
cable TV Netflix Starbucks eating up for lunch

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that keep you from paying off debt here’s what we
know each day the effect will seem inconsequential

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you may not see any difference at first but
change is happening you are changing your life

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we have an exercise this week and the start the
first question is what area of your life is not

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what it was or what it should be so we’re trying
to identify a particular part of our life that we

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want to change begin with prayer ask God to help
you develop a strategy list a few bricks you can

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focus on in the next few days to take small and
consistent steps so the idea here is to reflect

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on your life identify an area that you want to
improve go to God in prayer and then identify

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small steps or bricks that you can take in the
next few days that you can be consistent in

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all right we have we have a principal for this
week and it says we need a power we don’t possess

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we also need the value progress over perfection
Nehemiah 1 verses 5 and 6 says Lord the god of

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Heaven the great and awesome God who keeps this
Covenant of Love with those who love him and keep

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his Commandments let your ear be attentive and
your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant

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is praying before you day and night that’s all
for this episode thank you for watching if you

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Show Notes

Episode Description

In this episode, we discuss consistently doing the right things, in this case, our habits. This episode is part of a study inspired by The Power To Change by Craig Groeschel. Each week, I take concepts from Pastor Craig Groeschel’s book, The Power To Change, and apply them to brain health.

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