What are Keystone Habits?
Simply put, they are small changes or habits that people introduce into their daily routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives. (Think wellness.) They spark a chain reaction of other goods habits and can rapidly alter every aspect your life, in a positive way.
Keystone Habits work because they focus on making a dynamic change in your life by producing a trickle-down effect. Soon after implementing a habit you will notice more opportunities for self-improvement from the Keystone Habits that you’re forming.
Success with a Keystone Habit happens when you take that first step.
Right now, make a list of all the habits you’d like to develop. Pay close attention to the ones that can have a ripple-effect in your life. Then focus on these new habits over the next 30 days. You’d be surprised at how this small change can generate many positive outcomes.
Example: you start an exercise plan and after about a week you start feeling amazing, so you start to eat better with less processed foods and drinking more water, which then leads to a better nights sleep, which ultimately leads to a better more positive outlook and more energy, less anxiety, depression, exhaustion, etc. Make sense? The key here is to keep going, don’t stop because this is your routine.
As always I suggest starting small (stepping stones) because every thing you do that becomes a habit takes repetition and consistency. If you start too many rituals or habits at once you will lose focus and burn out.
If you are a morning person, I suggest you start with creating a morning ritual for yourself and in turn if you are an evening person, you can do the same, which I call a wind-down routine.
You can gain ideas from my blogs or simply design your own (google can help you). If you want a more individualized plan, I can hep you.
Keystone Habits can include:
- Family dinner with no electronics – have each member of your family report a WIN for the day sharing something positive that happened to them.
- Make your bed every morning
- Exercise regularly – yoga, walking, hiking, join a gym
- Eat healthier and often – fresh foods, greens
- Create daily routines – wake with the sunrise, morning smoothie, yoga, no electronics first thing, walk the dog, read the paper
- Add meditation to your morning/evening routine
- Goal setting – weekly/monthly/daily
- Journal your thoughts, goals and gratitude
- Early to bed/early to rise – change your bedtime routine to include meditation, a hot bath and a good book
- Read, everything and anything
- Set financial goals/budget
Start today and start small. No excuses.