One of the most life-transforming principles I’ve learned over the years is that discipline begets discipline. When I am disciplined in one area, that resolve spills over into other areas. Or, to put it another way, when I choose to live my life on purpose, it jumpstarts success in multiple areas.
For instance, purposefully getting up early in the mornings has set so many other good habits in motion. I have more time to pray and study the Bible. I have more time to exercise. I have more time to get a head start on the day before my kids wake up. Purposefully making one consistent habit change has slowly lead to amazing transformation in many areas of my life.
In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg challenges you to focus your efforts on those habits that are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck. That is, zero in your efforts and energies on purposeful changes that are going to spill over into other areas of your life.
He calls these “keystone habits” — those that have a positive trickle down effect on all other areas. Keystone habits influence how we work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transform everything.
For example, I have two keystone habits I incorporate into my evening routine each night:
1. I spend one-on-one devotional and conversation time with each of my kids for 10 minutes every night. It’s an opportunity for my kids to know they have my complete attention. I want to hear my kids’ hearts, know their struggles, and listen to them. This habit has a trickle down effect for the next day. It fills up my kids’ love tanks and helps them feel secure, and it affects so many areas of their lives. It will also have a lifelong impact on my children.
2. I take my vitamins each night before bed. So many times, I get tired and want to skip this. When I make it a priority, though, I sleep better and feel so much better on a daily basis.
I encourage you to reflect and think about what your keystone habits are. If you commit to stick to one or two of these habits over a period of time, I can almost guarantee you’ll see big changes in your life as a whole — just by beginning with a simple habit!
I created this Live Your Life On Purpose Mug as a reminder to myself and to others that we have the power to change our lives when we approach each day with purpose — one small habit at a time. It won’t happen over night, but you’ll be encouraged when you start seeing the results from taking baby steps towards a more intentional life!
This mug serves as a reminder to me to live each day with intention. To take those baby steps in the right direction. To keep making wise decisions — even on days when its hard. To remember the why behind what I’m doing. To not give up when the going gets tough. Because it does matter, it makes a difference, and it will be worth it.
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Please note: this mug is handwash only and is not dishwasher safe. As always, shipping is free with any order over $50 from our store.
Psst! Did you see all of the other fun products included in our brand-new line of inspirational products with Glory Haus that recently launched!? The line is called “Intentional Life by Crystal Paine” and is available in a number of boutique stores nationwide, as well as online.
I’m SO excited! I had so much fun working on these products — and each was designed specifically as a reminder of powerful, life-impacting truths that have helped to shape and transform my life.