7 Powerful Habits for Success

Habit is never an enemy, but a gift from God. Habit is a God-given instrument to help us accomplish our goals quicker and easier. Habit simply means anything you do over and over again, becomes easier.

Discipline is often confused for habit. Discipline is the mother of habit. Discipline is a deliberate, concentrated and often painful, effort to birth a habit. But once a habit is birthed, the pain is eliminated.

According to psychologists, a habit is formed if you do one thing over and over again for 21 days. In other words, if you focus your effort on doing the same thing for 21 days, you birth a habit.

Your habits are deciding your future. Nothing will ever dictate your future unless it happens daily. Great habits are seeds for great future. Jesus cultivated a habit of entering into God’s presence (Luke 4:16). The psalmist had a habit of praying seven times a day (Psalm 119:164). Daniel’s habit was to pray three times a day (Daniel 6:10). Even the disciples of Jesus had a habit of fellowshipping together (Acts 20:7).

The difference between excellence and mediocrity is the habits you are willing to cultivate. The difference in people is their habits. Great men choose great habits. Successful men do daily what unsuccessful men are only willing to attempt occasionally.

What positive habits have you already cultivated? What other habits have you identified that are necessary for your desired future? Is there any negative habit that needs to be discarded?

7 Daily Success Habits

  1. Come before God’s presence (Psalm 100:4).  Worship is the protocol for entering into God’s presence. Invest the first 7 minutes of your day in your relationship with the Holy Spirit. Read the word of God (Psalm 119:105). Set realistic goals regarding your time of devotion so that you can enjoy the pleasure of completion. Progress creates pleasure.
  2. Memorise a scripture (Psalm 119:11). Jesus knew the scripture (Luke 4:4). The word of God in your heart is the life and wisdom of God (Proverbs 3:13-16; Proverbs 4:20-22).
  3. Write out a plan for the day. Planning is a divine trait, and also a divine strategy for productivity. We see this when God planned the first six days to create, and rested on the seventh (Gen 1). Great men cease their day by deciding its agenda. When you write out your plan for the day, you literally take control of your day (Isaiah 14:26).  After planning your day, allow the Holy Spirit liberty to order your steps (Proverbs 19:21), “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”. Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
  4. Give each day a theme (Proverbs 18:20-21; Psalm 118:24). Your words are deciding your energy and the eventuality of your day. Words are seeds for miracles (Ephesians 4:29).  Words are birthing agents for experiences. Therefore declare into your day what you want to experience. Give your day a subject you desire. Maybe you want it to be a day of favour, breakthrough, joy, strength etc. Speak your desired experience into existence.
  5. Focus your thoughts on positive things (Phil 4:8-10). Your focus decides your feelings, energy, stress and peace (Isaiah 26:3). Whatever you focus on magnifies. If you focus on your disappointments, you’ll feel and act horrible all day. but if you focus on your blessings and the goodness of God, you’ll be strengthened throughout the day.
  6. Sow a seed of honour into others (1 Peter 2:17; Romans 12:10). Honour is a seed for favour. When you sow honour, you will reap honour. Honour is the willingness to reward others for their difference. Kindness, gentleness, time, listening, and affirmation are proofs of honour. You can sow honour through your facial expression, in your tone of voice. Disinterest can be hidden for a season, but honour is a seed that can never be camouflaged. When you sow honour you create a memory and birth favour.
  7. Expect a harvest of divine favour. Your expectation is a photograph of your faith. Your expectation is always proportionate to your faith. Expectation is the heart beat of faith. And faith is the key that unlocks divine treasures. The difference between seed time and harvest is the divine law of expectation (Deuteronomy 28:3-6; Isaiah 49:22-23; Isaiah 60:1-3). Whatever you do not expect, you rarely experience.

Stay Blessed,




  • William Joukhadar

    Reply Reply April 4, 2012

    Fantastic food for thought, Wale … simple, practical, and powerful! Thank you.


    • Wale

      Reply Reply April 4, 2012

      Thanks Bill for your encouraging comment.

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