A keystone habit is a habit that creates “small wins” and provides you with a feeling of success, albeit small. It is a habit that over time starts a process that will create more changes.
If you find a keystone habit and manage to change it, it can change your life. For instance, if you are a smoker (I am not) and you start to exercise, that can make you reconsider not smoking … and many other things.
Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit :
Understanding keystone habits holds the answer to that question: The habits that matter most are the ones that, when they start to shift, dislodge and remake other patterns.
I think one keystone habit for me is snacking on food that makes me gain weight. If I can change that, I think I will make progress in my weight game.
Today, I didn’t snack but had my excellent strong cheese and homebaked bun. Yummie. And a caffelatte. Life feels good.
I also went to the public pool to swim. I am trying to prioritize exercising over work.
Also, my focus on change made me put on a bike helmet for the first time without being forced to do so. I’ve used one when doing races, where it is obligatory. Otherwise I absolutely hate bike helmets.
A huge body of research has shown that small wins have enormous power, an influence disproportionate to the accomplishments of the victories themselves. Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
Small wins fuel transformative change by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach. Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
Finally, my weight on Tuesday morning.