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:
- Who (or what) am I ultimately serving?
- What standards (morals, principles, values) am I living by?
- How can I best serve others?
- 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.