Habits can be good or bad. I am acutely aware of my bad habits and how difficult they are to break. Researchers believe it can take anywhere from 21-66 days to form a habit. This number is highly dependent on your personality and how achievable the habit is. Let’s just say it’s hard.
Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of the Habit, explores habits in depth. One of the fundamentals of using habits to improve your life is to develop keystone habits. A keystone habit is a habit that leads you to a chain reaction of developing many good habits. Here is a glimpse of my keystone habits.
- Journal every day. I began journaling at the start of 2019. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Oprah, and other successful people start their day with journaling. It is a key component of developing a daily routine. Journaling is touted as the keystone habit that can make the biggest breakthroughs in living a better life. It’s a good fit for me as a person who enjoys writing and sees the benefits of structuring my day to be more productive.
- Be active every day. I have concentrated on being an active person for many years. It is reflected in the various ways by which I defined the right path for my life. This keystone habit is important to me as a retired person. The health and wellness benefits of being active in my golden years are well supported by a good bit of research.
- Make healthy choices every
day. Today’s world presents me with many choices. A visit to the grocery is a prime example of how good choices are challenged by bad choices. The same is true when I am handed a restaurant menu. My mind is often tempted by bad choices. This takes me back to my school years and the food pyramid. The Department of Agriculture has replaced the food pyramid with a more comprehensive MyPlate program. I am looking to the MyPlate core principles to make healthy choices every day.