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Ever heard of the domino effect and how to create a chain reaction of good habits?

Well friends, the domino effect is a phenomenon where one event sets off a chain reaction of subsequent events. It’s called the domino effect because when you knock over a line of dominoes, each one hits the next, and so on until all the dominoes have fallen.

The domino effect is a powerful force, and it can be harnessed to create positive change in your life. By creating a chain reaction of good habits, you can transform your life and achieve your goals. In this post, I’m going to show you how to do just that.

Step 1: Identify Your Keystone Habit

The first step to creating a chain reaction of good habits is to identify your keystone habit. Your keystone habit is the one habit that has the most significant impact on your life. It’s the habit that, when you do it consistently, makes it easier to develop other good habits.

For example, if you’re trying to watch your weight, your keystone habit might be going for a daily walk. When you go for a walk, you’re more likely to make healthier food choices, get better sleep, and feel more energized throughout the day. By focusing on this one habit, you can create a domino effect that leads to better overall health.

To identify your keystone habit, think about the one habit that, if you did it consistently, would have the most significant impact on your life. It might be something related to your health, your career, your relationships, or your personal development. Once you’ve identified your keystone habit, make a commitment to do it every day, no matter what.

Step 2: Start Small

The second step to creating a chain reaction of good habits is to start small. It’s tempting to try to change everything at once, but that’s a recipe for failure. When you try to change too much too soon, you’re more likely to get overwhelmed and give up.

Instead, focus on making small changes that you can stick to. For example, if your keystone habit is going for a daily walk, start by going for a 10-minute walk every day. Once you’ve established that habit, you can gradually increase the duration and intensity of your walks.

The key is to make the habit so small that it’s almost impossible to fail. When you start small, you build momentum and create a positive feedback loop that makes it easier to develop other good habits.

Step 3: Build Momentum

The third step to creating a chain reaction of good habits is to build momentum. Momentum is the force that keeps you moving forward even when things get tough. When you have momentum, you’re more likely to stay committed to your goals and make progress even when you face obstacles.

To build momentum, it’s important to celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. For example, if you’ve gone for a walk every day for a week, celebrate that accomplishment. Treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a favourite meal or a relaxing activity.

By celebrating your successes, you create positive associations with your new habits, which makes it easier to stick to them. You also create a sense of momentum that keeps you moving forward.

Step 4: Create a Routine

The fourth step to creating a chain reaction of good habits is to create a routine. A routine is a set of habits that you do every day, no matter what. When you have a routine, you don’t have to think about what to do next. You just follow the plan.

To create a routine, start by identifying the habits that you want to develop. Then, figure out the order in which you want to do them. For example, if your routine includes going for a walk, meditating, and reading, decide which one you want to do first, second, and third.

Once you’ve established your routine, make a commitment to stick to it every day. Consistency is key when it comes to creating good habits, and a routine helps you stay consistent.

Step 5: Track Your Progress

The fifth and final step to creating a chain reaction of good habits is to track your progress. Tracking your progress helps you stay motivated and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you make progress towards your goals.

Now friends, there are a numerous ways to track your progress, including using a habit tracker app, a journal, or a calendar. Choose the method that works best for you and make a commitment to use it every day.

What I have realized is that when you track your progress, you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished. This can be a powerful motivator that keeps you going even when things get tough.

What I have learned thus far and hence why I wanted it to share with you all is that the domino effect is a powerful force that can be harnessed to create positive change in your life. By identifying your keystone habit, starting small, building momentum, creating a routine, and tracking your progress, you can create a chain reaction of good habits that transforms your life and helps you achieve your goals.

So as we continue to learn and grow, remember that creating good habits takes time and effort, but it’s worth it in the end. Don’t give up, even if you stumble along the way.

Keep pushing forward, and before you know it, you’ll have created a new, positive way of living that will benefit you for years to come.

Have a wonderful start to the week and let’s all continue to keep on growing and learning!
Shane Wenzel

Shane Wenzel

Shane is the President & CEO of the Shane Homes Group of Companies and the namesake. Shane's responsibilities include strategic direction for the companies, policy advice for the building industry through BILD Calgary, and political involvement through the Alberta Enterprise Group on the economy, making him an industry leader in his field. Shane's sales and marketing background comes from growing up with two entrepreneurial parents, Cal and Edith, and participating in a business advisory group. On the personal side, Shane considers himself a bit of a "tech junky" and social media influencer on various platforms. He's also proudly apart of the LGBTQ community.