Have you ever felt like you’re in a rut? Like you’re going through the motions? Everyday is just part of the routine?

Many times we feel like routine is boring and the enemy of fun.

Why is that? Well, part of it comes down to the difference between a reactive routine and a proactive routine.

When we’re reacting in the day to day, we feel like we’re not in control of our lives. When we’re proactive, we are in control.

With the latter, routine can be extremely liberating. And, it’s essential to creating habits.

Getting in shape will happen when it becomes part of your routine. Feeling rested happens when getting to bed early is the routine. Same with a prayer life – we must make it part of the routine.

We can accomplish our goals when we have a plan, translate it to our schedule, and then make it routine (creating habits).

When it comes to creating goals and habits, routine becomes vitally important because inevitably, we’ll visit friends, we’ll travel for work, etc, and we’ll be out of our element.

At times like this, we need to be very clear about our goals and have a rocksolid plan.

So, this week’s challenge is a bit more freeform than normal. It might be different depending on where you are. If you’re not a goal setter, take some time to really ponder what you want to accomplish this year. If you have your goals, but they’re floating around in space, bring them back down to earth. Where are prayer and working out going to fit into your schedule? Or finally, if you’ve got your goals and your plan, buckle down with execution. Set alarms reminders to pray. Create non-negotiable rules for yourself to workout at 6am. Find an accountability partner.


Be the Men.