Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals
Building these habits means focusing on the type of person you wish to become rather than the outcome you wish to achieve.
Your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity. To change your behavior for good, you need to start believing new things about yourself.
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The beliefs you have about yourself can drive your long-term behavior.
You could trick yourself into going to the gym or eating healthy once or twice, but if you don't shift your under...
Most people start by focusing on outcome-based goals like “I want to lose 20 pounds”. But these are surface-level changes.
... and building better habits is your identity.
Each action you perform is driven by the belief that it is possible. So if you change your identity (the type of person that you believe that you are), then it’s easier to change your actions.
Devote at least 15 minutes a day to your change.
Even if it’s just a walk around your neighborhood, one less cigarette, reading an inspirational article, do it. Mix it up, too. No one wants t...
Behavior modification teaches us that we repeat behaviors that make us feel good. What’s your payoff for not changing?
Until the goal becomes larger than the payoff, you’re always going to choose feeling good over feeling uncomfortable.
Start with one behavior at a time.
Instead of concentrating on losing 20 pounds in 20 days, for example, make a goal to simply begin by eating five fruits and vegetables a day.
It's your daily actions that will change what you believe about yourself and the person you become.
Focus on the process. Focus on showing up, on sticking to the schedule, on “not quitting.”
Eventually, the results and the self–confidence will come anyway.