How do your habits shape your identity?
Consider the 3 Levels of Change:
Focus is changing the results such as, losing weight, reaching a PR, winning a championship, or publishing a book. Most goals you set exist at this level.
What you get!
Focus is changing the habits and systems such as, implementing a new routine at the gym, organizing a desk for better workflow, or developing a meditation or yoga practice. Most habits you build exist at this level.
What you do!
Focus is changing the beliefs such as, worldview, self-image, or judgements about self and others. Most of the beliefs, assumptions, and biases you hold exist at this level.
What you believe!
What is the most effective way to change your habits?
Focus who you wish to become, not on what you want to achieve.
Your identity emerges from your habits.
Every action you complete is a step closer to the person you wish to become.
Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs and values, and expand your identity.
Why are your habits so important?
Your habits can change your beliefs about yourself, not because they can help you achieve better results (although they can help you do that too!)
Clear, J. (2018). Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. New York, NY: Penguin Random House, LLC.