Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits: One Thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.”

“Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything. Keystone habits say that success doesn’t depend on getting every single thing right, but instead relies on identifying a few key priorities and fashioning them into powerful levers. If you focus on changing or cultivating keystone habits, you can cause widespread shifts. However, identifying keystone habits is tricky. To find them, you have to know where to look. Detecting keystone habits means searching out certain characteristics. Keystone habits offer what is known within academic literature as “small wins.” They help other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.” The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Keystone Habit

OMG!!! I don’t know about each of you but sometimes I feel pulled in a million different directions. I am constantly thinking about every facet of my life. This includes my personal and spiritual health and wellness, my immediate and extended family members and friends, my job and co-workers, my business interests and hobbies, my home, my plans for my next chapter in life and the list goes on and on.

This reminds me of putting together puzzles; a hobby that requires focusing on “one thing” namely one of 500 or more pieces, that work together to create a whole. Each winter Roxanne and I go find the perfect puzzles that we work on during cold, snowy winter days. We often trade them and share our struggles and triumphs about the process. My life can often be like those puzzles. I have a completed picture in my mind of how I want or think things should go. Yet, sometimes, it is too many pieces and only so much time and energy available. This sense of being overwhelmed makes it difficult to break down the big picture into more manageable pieces.

This is when I take a breath and focus on this mantra, One Thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.” When I start a puzzle I sort out the pieces. I group my edges together and sort by color; then I group colors and pieces that pertain to other elements in the picture together. I then begin to work on the border, adding different elements until I get a finished product. This same systematic approach can apply to other areas of life.

One thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.” It may not be the most obvious thing. It might not be what someone else would do. It most definitely may not be the what appears to be the most urgent. Do not be afraid to separate, sort and group the pieces of your life and then choose “one thing” to focus on that will ultimately have an impact on everything else. Whittle away at it. Life may feel and be crazy; however, find those edges, sort out the various elements, divide into groups then choose One Thing…FOCUS…on “one thing.” Let that focus direct your habit until it becomes so natural that it is done without thought or hesitation. In this process you will realize that time has moved on and goals will have been achieved. The picture will become clear and the details will fall into place. This has helped me and I hope it helps you.

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Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!! Sheila