Keystone Decisions

In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg writes about “keystone habits,” which are routines that lead to a cascade of other actions because of them.

For example, physical exercise can lead to healthier eating, better sleep, and improved focus, to name just a few of the benefits. So, exercise is the keystone habit that inspires other habits that improve health and productivity.

Similarly, there are “keystone decisions” that create a cascade of results. Here are four:

  1. Who (or what) am I ultimately serving?
  2. What standards (morals, principles, values) am I living by?
  3. How can I best serve others?
  4. What do I want the legacy of my life to be?

When I decide who I serve, the standards I want to live by become clearer; and when I know the legacy I want to leave behind, I can more easily identify how I can best serve others.

The other decisions in your life will be easier to make once these four keystone decisions come into clear view.

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