To build the identity of the person you want to become, ask yourself what the behavior of a person who has the habit you want to develop is. For example:
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The progress we experience from the compounding effect of any habit isn’t immediately visible. As a result, people give up quickly.
They don’t realize that every day they show up they’re building momentum. They are moving closer and closer to a breakthrough or inflection point.
When something becomes effortless, raise the level of intensity, to the point where you can get there without too much resistance, but it’s still somewhat challenging. To put it more concisely, bend but don’t break.
We usually make effort unsustainable. For example:
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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...
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 underlying identity, then it's hard to stick with long-term changes.
Imagining two people resisting cigarette. When offered a smoke, the first person says, “No thanks. I’m trying to quit.” The second person declines by saying, “No thanks. I’m not a smoker.”
It’s a small difference, but this statement signals a shift in identity. Smoking was part of their fo...
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