Sunday, January 05, 2014

'Identity-Based Goals' Are The Only Way To Make Good Habits Last

If you want to get in shape, you have to believe you're the type of person who never misses a workout.

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The reason why it’s so hard to stick to new habits is that we often try to achieve a performance or appearance–based goal without changing our identity. Most of the time we try to achieve results before proving to ourselves that we have the identity of the type of person we want to become. It should be the other way around.

The Recipe for Sustained Success

Changing your beliefs isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. There are two steps.
1. Decide the type of person you want to be.
2. Prove it to yourself with small wins.

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