This is my favorite Big Idea in the book. The basic idea: There’s a habit that when we change it will have the greatest positive impact on our lives. It’s a KEYSTONE habit. Keystones are good.
As the Apple dictionary tells us, a keystone is “a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together.”
So…what’s your keystone habit? What’s the #1 thing you could change that would have the most positive impact on your life? Is it quitting smoking? No longer drinking? Drastically reducing your internet time? Getting your inbox to zero? Meditating every day? Think about it. And pick one.
This is a keystone habit for me that I commit to changing: Frequency of checking e-mail
So, let’s look at my Cue + Routine + Reward. Old pattern: Cue = Checking my e-mail first thing in the morning. Routine = Tell myself there might be something important that needs my immediate attention. Reward = Convinced myself that there are no problems lurking out there for me.
New pattern: Cue = Getting out of bed bright and early ready to get a fast start to my day. Routine = Tell myself how much more productive I will be getting some “real work” (writing a blog post or article etc.) before checking my e-mail. Reward = Honored my commitment to be more focused, strategic and productive. Stopped fooling myself that checking e-mail incessantly is helping me reach my goals for the day!
Back to you: What’s your keystone habit? And your Cue + Routine + Reward?
The book goes into more detail that will be very helpful for you as you look to re-shape your habits, but let’s take a quick inventory:
My keystone habit:_____________________________________
My current Cue:_______________________________________
My current Routine:____________________________________
My current Reward:____________________________________
My new Cue: _________________________________________
My new Routine:_______________________________________
My new Reward:_______________________________________
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