I am able to conquer destructive habits.

Like everyone, I occasionally experience urges to take a negative path. However, I am immediately conscious of them and refuse to allow them to rest in my mind. My inner desire to always feel at peace wins in all circumstances.

If I ever feel frustrated or inadequate, or I think I may want to give up, I throw my hands up in praise to the Creator instead. I acknowledge that my challenges serve as fuel to keep me moving forward. I know that success is my destiny – today, tomorrow, and the next day.

When I am tempted to combat negative actions with negative reactions, I stop in my tracks. I recognize that fueling the fire only encourages unpleasant feelings and contributes to broken relationships. Because I enjoy positive relationships, I do what I can to nurture them.

I acknowledge that whatever angers me, conquers me, so instead I choose to conquer any desire I may have to react negatively. When I feel my brow knit and hear my tone deepen, I recognize that destructive behavior may follow if I stay on the same course.

Therefore, I dispel the urge to shout, curse or say unkind words. I replace those behaviors with soft answers and patient understanding. I realize that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. That law of physics dictates how I react and respond.

Today, I firmly put aside any destructive habits that may tempt me. I bid them farewell because I know from experience that healthy, beneficial behaviors feel much better. I like the results I get from being positive and strive to cultivate that experience in all situations.

Self-Reflection Questions

1. How much influence do my loved ones have on my destructive habits?
2. In what ways can my example of constructive behavior help others around me?
3. How do I feel when I take the high road?