We learn new skills more quickly if we can figure out a repetitive pattern. The familiarity we find in the rhythm of something new helps us remember how to perform that task correctly. This works really well for athletic skills, but also helps us in developing new habits. In fact, I believe we can even help ourselves mature by examining patterns that already exist in our life:
- Moments in life when you are most receptive to God's lessons
- Times when you have experienced the most positive growth
- Areas of negative choices that need to be avoided
- The various people we associate with & our behavior in that company
- Places we frequent & our actions based on that environment
- Our response to changing circumstances
Understanding our existing behavioral rhythms will help us see the need for continuing positive patterns as well as establishing new, healthier ones.