Slow and Steady: Keystone Habits

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I’m reading a fabulous book right now. It’s called: The Power of Habit: Why We Do what We Do in Live and Business.

Since I’m focusing on daily habits, and making new healthy ones, I thought it was a great way to start.

However, now that I’m 100 pages into the book I have come to a part of the book where they are describing a keystone habit.

In the book describes keystone habits as:

The habits that matter most are the ones that, when they start to shift, dislodge and remake other patterns.

Some not even necessarily have to do with this certain keystone habit.

Keystone Habits: The habits that matter most are the ones that, when they start to shift, dislodge and remake other patterns- theashleytomlinson.com

For example, it tells an example of a main company, that when they focused on safety procedures only, it create better communication between the floor of the factory and the managers to the corporate leadership. And then in return to these safety procedures changing, production and focus went up.

But here’s where it gets me, it was talking about exercise being a keystone habit. It reads:

But for many people, exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. “Exercise spills over” said James Prochaska, a University of Rhode Island researcher. “There’s something about it that makes other good habits easier.”

It goes on to say:

If you focus on changing or cultivating keystone habits, you can causer widespread shifts.

So now I’m sitting here, like: should exercise be my next healthy habit???

Yes, I think it should be!

And besides, exercise is good for you and for the whole family. Just one small step at a time, one small step… Slow and Steady!

But now that I’m thinking about it, I have a million other questions that I need to think about:

  • What do I want to do for exercise?
  • Do I want to involve my family?
  • What time of day can I be the most consistent?
  • What will work out for the whole family?
  • How often do I want to do it?
  • How can I add exercise into my everyday life? Or as a weekend activity?
  • Where do we want to do it?
  • What am I going to do with Amelia? Is she going to do it with us or do I need to schedule it during naptime???

Ugh! So many decisions!

I need something doable and something that will work for all of us and something that won’t be stressful. Or I need to start small and just build on to it. Maybe just walking, I would eventually like to run.

Decisions… decisions!

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