Reflections on Keystone Habits

Habits-oldandnew-featureMaking small changes in your life and the everyday activities we do can make big differences to our lives. Charles Duhigg’s book “The power of Habit” talks about the power of keystone habits. Keystone habits are small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives. Keystone habits have a ripple effect into other parts of life, creating positive change unexpectedly.

Keystone habits are habits and routines which give you small wins. That is they are not the big changes but the small repeatable patterns of behaviour, which when done provide a sense of achievement. Theses small wins have a greater effect than the accomplishment themselves. They help to show yourself that you are able to achieve the bigger goals in your life.

Keystone habits spawn other positive habits. Keystone habits are not just a habit in themselves they are the breeding ground for other habits to form.

Keystone habits when done give you energy and confidence. They motivate you and change how we see ourselves.

For us as Christians we can develop a number of keystone habits, that have far reaching positive influences on our lives. I could list a number of them but I want to focus on the power of pray and daily bible reading. Put simply daily prayer and bible reading is a keystone habit that shows all the signs of keystone habits. Daily prayer and bible reading gives us the small win that has a far greater cumulative effect. It draws us closer to the heart of God, and sets us up wonderfully for the day ahead. Daily prayer and bile reading develops other positive habits in outlives, especially in our character (becoming more Christ like). And finally when you have a daily habit of prayer and bible reading it will give you confidence in your day and energy to live within God’s plan for your life.

The power of Gratitude

Thank-YouFollowing on from our series “Small things Big differences”  on how words shape our lives, and how important using life giving words are to our own personal happiness and wellbeing and to the happiness and wellbeing of others. I would like to talk briefly about small subsection of life giving words – words of gratitude.

Words of gratitude are often some of the first words our parents taught us to say in situations where we are dealing with people. I remember my mother saying as I headed to a friends place, don’t forget to say “Thank you”, both Annette and myself have been known to say to our kids, don’t forget to say thank you. Words of gratitude are important.

Gratitude plays a significant role in our lives but its presence can be taken for granted, and its power is often overlooked. Gratitude not only effects the person on the receiving end but also the person who gives the gratitude. Gratitude increases our happiness and satisfaction and has been shown to a have significant health benefits. In last weeks talk one of the major points was that if you think something positive about a person, then you should say it to them. This has been shown to be important in showing gratitude as well. The actual act of personally expressing your gratitude, with words spoken face to face increases the effect of your words of gratitude, both upon yourself and the person receiving them.

So, lets be a church known for lifting people up with positive comments and attitudes, a place where gratitude is expressed in every aspect of our church and the lives of the people within our church.