This session introduces a seven-step process to help participants adopt good habits.


  • Character
  • Higher-order Thinking
  • Self-control land Self-motivation


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply a seven-step process to help develop good habits or eliminate bad habits.


  • Seven Steps to Good Habits activity sheet—make a copy for each participant
  • Pen or pencil for each participant


Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.

Activity 1

Developing Good Habits

Ask: If someone tells a lie, does that mean he or she is a liar?


Based on the answers that are provided, lead a discussion to make the point that a single bad act does not define a person, but it may be the first step in a process that does define the person.


Make the following points through brief comments:

  • Habits can be divided roughly into two types: good habits—such as always doing the thing you know to be right or regularly being considerate of others—and poor habits—such as cheating or putting off the things we have to do until the last minute.
  • Poor habits, or vices, come easily to us. We slip into telling convenient lies, and before long we have the lying habit. We are liars. Or we start watching more and more television, and soon we are hooked and have little time for school assignments. The road to poor habits is smooth and slippery.
  • Good habits, or virtues, on the other hand, are more difficult to come by. We have to work hard to acquire a strong, good habit.


Moving in the direction of developing good habits can be a matter of intentionality. Ask Explorers to describe some good habits they might like to adopt. Examples may include helping around the house, completing homework on time, or saving money from part-time work.


Pass out the Seven Steps to Good Habits activity sheet. Ask participants to pick one habit they would like to adopt and jot down some things they can do to internalize that desired good habit.


After Explorers complete the activity sheet, use the questions below to lead a reflection.


Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.


Focusing Questions

  • What was the hardest part about this activity?
  • This process can also be used to eliminate bad habits. How would that work for you?

Analysis Questions

  • Looking further ahead on your list of steps, which one will be most challenging for you and why?
  • How might you use this process in your potential career?

Generalization Questions

  • How might this process help you as a leader?
  • How are some ways you could use this process to develop more ethical habits?
  • How might you use this in life or in college?
  • Why is this important?
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