From The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Some habits have the power to have a chain reaction, these are known as keystone habits. One you incorporate or change one keystone habit in your life, this starts a process that overtime, transforms everything.
The notion of keystone habits brings focus to the point that success doesn’t depend on getting everything right, but relies on identifying a just few key priorities and fashioning them into powerful levers, that will have a spillover effect on the rest of your life.
For me, that keystone habit was yoga. In January of 2017, I committed to a a regular yoga practice. I would attend a yoga class about 5 times a week, often times I would take two classes in a single day. Within 6 months of regular yoga, things that I had been trying to change for years started changing on their own, seemingly. I became a vegan, I was running regularly, waking up early (which, as a night owl, had always been my biggest challenge) and started following a daily routine which allowed me to use my time more efficiently and get more out of each day.
The 1% Rule for Creating All Habits
By James Altucher
One of my favorite ideas, which came from Jame’s Altucher, is the 1% Rule – the idea that every week, or even every day if we aim to get better by just 1% – 1 measly percent! – will see dramatic change over time. I have been keeping this in mind during my yoga practice, my daily runs and at work. I don’t shoot for the moon every day, but push myself to make small improvements that add up and eventually become noticeable!
In his blog, Altucher writes:
“Every day I wake up and think, how can I be a little better? Just a tiny bit. Because I know it will make me feel good today to practice. And I know it will add up.
- Can I read a little more?
- Can I write a little better?
- Can I walk a little more?
- Can I improve my emotional relationships a little more?
- Can I eat a little better?…”
The answer is yes! “Just a tiny bit” eventually goes a long way.