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What A Rat Taught Me About Habits

Sometimes weird experiences can open our eyes to new realizations. I remember a few summers ago, I opened the glass slider that leads to our back yard to preheat the BBQ for some chicken. I pulled the cover off, turned on the propane and turned the burners to get the fire going. As I turned to go inside and grab the plate of chicken, I decided to double-check there was nothing on the grill.

When I checked, I couldn’t believe what I saw…

When I opened the grill I found a hot and anxious rat ready to escape and escape it did. Fortunately, I checked before the BBQ got too hot and cooked the rat! It quickly jumped over the edge of the grill and down to the ground where it hid under the cover of the BBQ.

To make sure I wasn’t crazy, I lifted the BBQ cover and there he was again. This time, he ran toward the edge of the house and under some bushes, never to be seen again.

I turned off the grill and when I looked inside again, I noticed the rat had built a nest and had hijacked my BBQ, he was taking over. As a result of this experience, I didn’t grill for months and ended up buying a new one!

After this experience, I started thinking about the habits, ideas, or people that I may be neglecting and could be getting hijacked.

Don’t Let Your Habits Be Hijacked

With habits or BBQs that we neglect to take care of and use, even for a week or two, we discover something else has taken the place of our healthy habits. The replacement habit may be laziness, entertainment, food, or in my case, a rat!

Sometimes a broken habit can set us back for a little while and it takes some effort to get back on track. Other times, we let bad habits creep in and stop us completely from doing the good habits we were doing before.

When we allow this to happen in our lives, we are missing out on great opportunities for growth and learning. I’ll never forget that experience and it will always serve as a reminder to take care of the important habits in my life!

What good habits have been hijacked in your life and slowed your growth? What are the “rats” that have hijacked habits in your life or even stopped you? What do you need to do to start again?

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