On introspective days, most of us enjoy kicking back our legs and reminiscing our biggest achievements. That first pay check. Graduation. When she said “yes” to be your wife. But how did we really achieve these successes?
You cannot put it down to a singular event – catalyst yes – but these successes were realised only through a long period of consistent work. Day by day, brick by brick. And through biting your teeth, knuckling down for the ride and at times pushing through only with sheer grit, one day you realise that you have reached the destination.
You found your first job after countless rejected applications and saw through the first month. You completed 4 years of projects, homework, and examinations. You found your then-girlfriend’s love language and gave her enough words of affirmation.
It’s a process. Life’s a process. That is why they say that success is a journey, not a destination.
But in this generation of quick fixes – think “six-pack shortcuts” and “how to be a millionaire in one year” – what is ultimately a formula that is sustainable, replicable, and trustable?
These are small changes that when incorporated into our lives help create a domino effect for bigger and bolder success. For example, you go to the gym in the morning and find that you are ditching the cookie jar at 3pm. In this case, gym is the keystone habit.
The formula for success is building enough of such keystone habits that positivity and motivation creeps in every facet of your life. Before you know it, you will have amassed a fearsome army of habits. And it is through a collection of such habits that form character.
Ready to try one keystone habit today? Grab a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep tonight. Tomorrow, watch how your productivity skyrockets. You may finally hit the gym or tracks.
“The power of a keystone habit draws from its ability to change your self-image. Basically anything can become a keystone habit if it has the power to make you see yourself in a different way.” – Charles Duhigg, The Power Of Habit.