118 - Enlisting The Power Of Habit

November 5, 2020

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 118 – SHOW NOTES


  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 118 titled:

Enlisting The Power Of Habit

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– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


BB&JT: Plea and thank you for ratings and review & for spreading the word via social media and word of mouth…

BB – What are some of the good habits that you’ve developed?”




  • JT – How about you?

BB answers


  1. Bob – POINT: The old saying really does make sense that if you develop a habit you develop a lifestyle and you develop a pathway to achievement…


  1. JT ------ OK THEN LET’S TALK SOME MORE ABOUT THAT as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW –  as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com …

Bob, tell us what you wrote in your blog,

Enlisting The Power Of Habit

  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,
  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog“Enlisting The Power Of Habit”
  • Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”      ((((:03 PAUSE))))


  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? Any news we need to know about this week?”…


  1. Bob - “Basic Prayer Training & God’s Powerline of Prayer” and –… & Sermon link on the website.

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  1. JT – “So here we go… in our time for WHAT ABOUT THIS…  –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO JT@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…




Does developing a spiritual discipline into a habit – take away from the discipline?

  1. Bob


Good question --- let’s work through the concept…

We need a good habit as mentioned in the article – like being devoted to God’s words on a daily basis…


Psalm 119:105 (ESV) — 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

So you start out in a hap hazard way… picking up the Bible and just letting it fall open and you find you don’t get anything…

Then you hear Bob and JT talk about having a plan – a plan to read, a plan to have a certain place, a plan to have a certain time, and a plan to have all the tools necessary … like a note pad and probably a marker…

So you get all that together…

As you start it takes a while to make a habit a habit so you give it the prescribed 13 weeks to develop a good habit…

In that time …..there will be days when you don’t feel like it or you are just going through the motions … but don’t give up

The bottom line is the habit doesn’t take away from the spiritual discipline – rather it keeps us going when we would not do  what we know we should be doing.


The only way a habit can take away is when it becomes a source of pride…and the accomplishment of task becomes the end, rather than the good coming from the spiritual discipline which is enhanced by developing good habits


  1. JT – Question Two… “FROM THE MENTAL ASPECT” –


Let’s cover those “mental cues” again used to develop a habit...

  1. Bob


The cue can also be the trigger or motivation behind developing a habit.. The stronger the cue or trigger, the more likely you’ll be to develop and hold to the habit.

Like working out… unless you are motivated to workout… then the cue to workout will be non-cholent at best… but if you are like me and your life literally rests on your working out most every day … and your doctor tells you that this has kept you alive now for 15 years past your life expectancy … then I guess you’d be motivated to be crazy like me…


It really helps to know why you want to develop the habit as much as you then work up the details for developing the routine to get you into the discipline that you want to be a habit.


  1. (JT) Third Question …. Turning to the physical aspect of life….


It’s been a tough year to get to the gym but let’s talk about the importance of getting back to strength training for all of us who are getting older….

  1. Bob’s answer…


Came across an important article from Chris Carmichael’s “train right” group…

Six reasons you need strength training…

  1. You are not getting any younger – reference the fact that your strength and muscle mass decreases exponentially as you age… the curve gets steeper
  2. Strength training preserves muscle mass and strength
  3. Strength training enhances your coordination and balance
  4. Strength training makes you smarter as it enhances brain function
  5. Strength training increases your options to try different sports
  6. Strength training will keep you in the game of what you love – longer..


Bob’s final comment – It takes discipline ….


Point: DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE --- in all aspects of life

Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 118


  1. JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to JT@bobbrubaker.com and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast

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