Dedicated to Detail

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes,  but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord,   and your plans will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16: 1-3 (NLT)  

To what are you truly dedicated? Many of us are dedicated to wellness much of the year, but those thoughts blow away with the first frosty wind. Holiday events with special foods + less time in the schedule to exercise and connect with God and family = dropped wellness plans. To avoid our well-being turning into bad Thanksgiving leftovers or discarded Christmas wrappings, let’s dedicate to a new plan this year. Following our HOLIDAY acronym, D is for Dedication to Details and details happen with habits.if we seek God with proper motives and commitment to the Holiday Wellness Plan He has for us, the Bible tells us we will succeed.

As discussed in our first week of the Holiday Wellness Plan series, habits either help us stay on track or undermine our best intentions. Creating new or tweaking old habits takes dedication to details before the holidays. When we commit our actions to the Lord, our plans will succeed as our verse from Proverbs reminds us.

Habits include a cue or trigger, then a routine which leads to a reward. As we repeat this cycle, the cue or trigger creates a craving for the reward. Each of us must identify our own internal reward to make habits like exercise or life long change possible. So, understanding our triggers, rewards, and routines is imperative to creating new or changing old habits.

To institute new habits, we need new cues to trigger new routines and rewards. But to change an old habit, we simply need to change the routine. In order to decide which routines to change, first, think about which habits don’t align with our goals for the season. Then, dedicate to the details of the routine. The trigger and the reward can remain the same, just shift the routine.

Here’s a typical holiday example. I love hosting holiday dinners (the trigger) and crave connecting with friends and family (the reward). Nothing wrong here. But planning, attending to details during and cleaning afterward (the routine) leaves me drained and anything but festive. The routine needs to change. I could enlist help before, during or after the event, scale down the size, or alter the timing of the event in the holiday season. Same trigger, same reward, but different routine.

Another is sending out Christmas cards. As the holidays approach (the trigger) we crave feeling valued by receiving cards and connecting with loved ones (the reward), so we send out our own cards (the routine). None of this is unhealthy. But the routine of sending out cards eats up too much time, energy and money we’d rather spend differently. A routine change could be sending electronic cards or even doing a holiday call. Same reward from the same trigger with a varied routine.

[tweetthis remove_twitter_handles=”true”]Creating new or tweaking old habits takes dedication to details before the holidays. @JillMHoven[/tweetthis]

Let’s look at our holiday habits to see if altering the routine could lead to increased wellness this season.

  1. Write out recurring holiday related habits-are any in need of a change?
  2. Does this habit need to stop entirely or is adjusting the routine enough?
  3. Having identified what has to change, think how to eliminate the unhealthy habits and/or change the routines of the healthy habits.
  4. What dedication to detail can you plan for now to make the routine different once the holiday trigger arrives?

Dedicate yourself to tackling some details now to solidify your wellness in the next few months. The ultimate plan is not ours but God’s. However, if we seek God with proper motives and commitment to the Holiday Wellness Plan He has for us, the Bible tells us we will succeed. Dedicating the details to Him will truly make all our holiday moments well and memorable.

Linking up with Crystal Storms at #HeartEncouragement,  Crystal Twaddell at #FreshMarketFriday, Deb Wolf at #Faith’nFriends, Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, Holly Barrett at #TestimonyTuesday, Jaime Wiebel at #SittingAmongFriends.

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14 thoughts on “Dedicated to Detail”

  1. Jill, you are so right about being dedicated to details! Sometimes I forget God wants to be right in the middle, encouraging, sustaining, and helping. Thank you for the reminder that keeping deliberately keeping Him at the center of all the holiday preparation will give us new and better reasons to celebrate.

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    • Yes, it’s an area we all fall down sometimes. Hopefully having a plan will help us all stay committed to wellness in soul, mind and body this holiday season. Thanks Alice for your thoughtful comments!

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  2. Love this encouragement, Jill, to decide now the holidays I desire. For me that means more rest and more relationship focus. But that means I need to let some things go in order for that to occur. Thank you for sharing your heart, sweet friend. xoxo

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    • Thanks Crystal! Yes, yes, yes to rest and connection with the people we love and care for. And also yes to letting some things go! Always a pleasure to have you here!

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  3. Hi Jill
    We are a family of foodies who love Christmas cookies. Last year one member decided to go the vegan route for a while. We couldn’t bear to let him eat dates while we all scarfed down his share of cookies. We did a vegan cookie challenge. It was a ton of fun and kept us connected during a busy holiday season.
    PS the vegan chocolate chip cookie won out.
    Happy Holidays everyone!

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  4. I needed to read this! I am notorious for leaving shopping to the last minute. Stress follows! You reminded me that I really am in control of that stress! Thanks, Jill. My family thanks you, too.

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  5. The holidays used to be so hectic for us, but now we are really focused on making it intentional time with Jesus, family and loved ones. Before that I always felt so frazzled, so you are definitely spot on with your post Jill! I do still love to send out Christmas cards though. It used to stress me out, but now it brings me joy. 😉

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    • It truly is about making intentional moments out of what we want to focus on. Agree entirely, Nicki-find what’s important to you and be intentional! Thanks!

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