5 Keystone Habits

According to Charles Duhigg (author of “The Power of Habit”), we all need to develop keystone habits. These are the patterns that transform our lives and influence how we experience each day.

Duhigg writes, “If you can ultimately establish most or all of these five keystone habits…your health and your life will be radically altered for the better.”

The 5 Keystone Habits include:
• Sleep 7-8 hours nightly
• Exercise at least 20-30 minutes daily
• Eat two colors and one healthy protein at each meal
• Floss and brush your teeth daily
• Before dozing off each night, think of 3 blessings for which you are grateful

At GateWay of Hope, we focus on the whole person – body, mind and spirit. These habits listed above seem to include body and mind but little about the spirit. So we would like to add to Duhigg’s list with two more keystone habits:

• Talk weekly with friends – We all know how important it is to have trust-worthy relationships. As we communicate weekly with those who understand us best, we find acceptance and joy.
• Talk daily with God – Our spirits need to be in communication with the Almighty. God made us and enjoys having a relationship with us. So talking with Him and listening to Him gives us the spiritual connection we need to survive and thrive.

What about you? Is there another keystone habit that you’ve established in your life?

2 thoughts on “5 Keystone Habits

  • September 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I love the concept of keystone habits. They may be small, but the changes they produce can be BIG.

    Since I work for myself, I started experimenting. Which habits can help grow my business?

    I’ve found these 3 keystone habits work well:

    1) Reading my monthly goal out loud for 1 minute every morning
    2) Visualizing it for 3 minutes
    3) Walking while saying affirmations out loud for 10 minutes

    They’re no magic bullet, but they REALLY work for me.

    I wish you all the best!

    Kevin Donlin
    3 Habits of Growth

    • September 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Great points, Kevin, and thanks for sharing that with us. As you know, when we practice something for 30 days, it becomes a habit.

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