Identity-Driven Habit Changes

Avoid thinking about changing a habit, but instead think about changing your self-conception.

Pros:

  •  “I’m a healthy person now,” for example can trigger eating better, exercising more and quitting smoking and drinking all at once.
  • If successful, these can make not following the habit unthinkable. 

Cons:

  • If you’re trying to change your identity but you still really like the old you, the change won’t last.
  • Hard to plan for and pull off

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