In his book The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg explains how certain habits we make can greatly impact our entire lifestyle. These habits, he explains, are “keystone habits”, and they have these three things in common:
1. They create small wins - they are measurable, small things that you can check off to give you a sense of victory. This way you start to have confidence that you can accomplish things and momentum builds.
2. They create new platforms - keystone habits aren’t ultimate goals, but they allow us to build upon them. For example, if my goal is to go to the gym first thing in the morning, I’ll probably need to drink more water, thus stay more hydrated throughout the day and eat less as a result.
3. They create a culture in which excellence [or other virtues] are possible - if you are able to succeed at these habits, they get you into the mindset that you will succeed at the other things you’re attempting, despite the obstacles.
If you want to read more about keystone habits [and even more importantly, the cue-routine-reward “habit loop” that you find yourself in], click here [.pdf link, but it’s legit].
So starting today and going through February, the Fit-Teacher challenge is this: identify three keystone habits in your life that you want to begin [make at least one of them related to wellness!] and post weekly about how well you’re doing at purposefully creating that habit. At the end of February, we’ll do a big celebration post with all the new keystone habits we’ve created.
Tag your posts with #3Habits [no space, because the spaced tag is so full of random stuff] and as always, #fit teacher. If you’re not a teacher, still join us! Let’s see what culture of success we can create in a month in our own lives!