What is the one activity you can do today that will make or break your day?

The Roman archway is a fascinating architecture feat. At the crown of the archway is what is called the “keystone.” It is a wedge shaped stone that holds the rest of the archway in place.  Without it, the entire structure would collapse.  

In comparison to the rest of the archway, the keystone is minuscule, but without it nothing else stands. It has a domino effect on everything else and gives integrity to the structure.

So what is the one activity that will make or break your day–your keystone activity?

Recently, I was coaching a leader who was feeling the weight of uncertainty that we are all impacted by.  I asked her,  “What is the most important activity you do each day?” She responded, “Identifying what is the most important thing, the one out of the bazillion, I need to get done today.” 

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, unapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good’.”  Anon

Invitation

Try out this deceptively simple practice that so many leaders neglect.

  1. Write down all the things you want to do today. 
  2. Look over your list and find your keystone by asking yourself: “What is the most important and meaningful thing I can do today, so that when the day is over I can have a legitimate claim on peace?
  3. Do it.

That’s it. Build this into your daily routine and notice the peace that can come by focusing on your keystone!  

Sending you good vibes and blessings! 

Doug Nielsen

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