In May’s bookclub book, The Power of Habit – we’ve been talking a bit about why we do what we do – how to understand our habits (good or bad) and how to use that part of our brain as a way to strengthen our lives instead of being controlled by them.
Otherwise, feel free to jump in to this conversation and share what your thoughts were below.
Discussion: Keystone Habits For Revolutionary Change
I found Duligg’s take on keystone habits interesting
He talks about these “keystone habits” that central/core habits that are powerful enough to change and influence almost every other habit closely linked and related to them.
When you want to make your overall life better, you need to identify your keystone habits – because if you don’t, the attached habits are hard to break and virtually impossible to keep broken.
Keystone habits are a personal thing, but a popular one is in the area of health. If your keystone habit you’d like to improve and develop is exercising, that tends to branch out to other healthy habits, like eating healthier, watching where your money is going (particularly in respect to your diet), getting a healthier amount of sleep and being more productive overall.
That one habit change causes a butterfly effect with other changes that can improve virtually every aspect of your life.
Keystone habits are important when it comes to running your business too, because setting up important rituals/habits/routines for business management can greatly impact the running of every aspect.
When you introduce a new habit in a workplace (or at home), and make this something that all employees or family members are a part of it, it can have a positive impact on other important but seemingly unrelated areas.
Duligg’s theory behind this is that for a new habit that needs the input and cooperation for a group of people to work together to accomplish and stick to promotes communication. When there is better communication, ideas flow better, more taking happens and people feel they can voice their opinion more openly, which then influences their willingness to try new things, take on new challenges and more.
Finding those keystone habits are key (mind the pun… haha). So,
- What do you think your keystone habits are?
- What habits are the biggies? The ones that can influence your entire life.
- Can you see some habits in other people’s lives that are controlling their every aspect of well being?
They might feel ‘too big’ right now, but share them in the comments below – and if you can, grab Charles’ book and give it a read. I’ll be putting together more pointers in what i’ve been learning while reading the book. He is great at just breaking them down so that it’s a lot more achievable (and … dare I say it… absolutely life changing!) than you might expect.