In architecture, the keystone is the final wedge-shaped stone put into place at the very top of an arch. It locks all of the other stones into position and allows the arch to bear weight. Without the keystone, the whole thing falls apart.
This concept of a “keystone” is incredibly important in architecture, but it also applies to our personal life as well.
In our daily lives, keystone habits create a cascade of other actions and feelings, both positive and negative. Often times, the keystone habit is just the first domino that knocks over all the others.
For example, when I workout, I eat healthier during the day. I also drink less alcohol. Working out creates a mental narrative (“I’m a healthy person”) that impacts other choices I make. Similarly, if you’ve ever heard someone say, “I only smoke when I drink,” you’ve heard about keystone habits. The drinking, in this case, is the catalyst that cascades into other actions.
The important thing to understand is we can harness this concept of keystone habits to improve our health and maintain motivation over the long haul.Continue Reading