Identity-Based Habits

FRIDAY

With outcome-based habits, the focus is on what you want to achieve. With identity-based habits, the focus is on who you wish to become.”
— James Clear, author of Atomic Habits

Many of us have outcome based habits.

“My goal is to lose x amount of weight”

“I want to put x amount of money in my savings by the end of the year”

We attach ourselves to these goals but do we have a plan of action? What system will we put in place? The bigger question is, how often do we actually achieve these outcome based goals?

I am guilty of not achieving many goals that I have set for myself but I feel enlightened after reading Atomic Habits.

Rather than attaching myself to a goal, I will attach myself to the process of that goal. What behaviors do others practice that have reached my goal? Emulate them.

Example:

“ I want to put x amount of money in my savings by the end of the year”

What habits will I change within myself to help me save money?

“I will no longer spend money on coffee at Starbuck’s. Every time I get the urge to buy a coffee, I will transfer that money into my savings.”

“Every pay day, I will instantly transfer 20% of my pay check into my savings.”

The things listed above are HABITS that I have to exercise. I won't be perfect but the more reps I put in, the more it becomes a part of who I am. That’s where the real success is. It’s not about the goal, it’s about becoming that person!

If you want to lose weight, you have to look at your systems in a LONG TERM view. What small habits can you make each day that will accumulate to something larger?

Don’t think grand. Think small.

Example:

Switch out your bagel on the run for a cup of fruit and nuts.

If you never cook, give yourself the habit of cooking once a week. Once you’ve mastered that, shoot for 2. Then 3. And so on. Stack your habits on top of good habits you’ve already formed and grow from there.

If you change your system to one of healthy habits, then you maintain the goal because YOU are changed. No more YO-YO weight loss where you do something for a while, get results, then gain it all back because you go back to the same old habits.

This is easily a topic I could go on and on about but James Clear has written it out flawlessly. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to the book. Let’s discuss what we can do to improve our life by practicing habits that get us closer to the person we want to be.

Workout of the Day

For Time:

50 Strict HSPU

*Every time you break, run door to door.

*Max Scale 25# plate + ab mat

*DB or BB Strict Press as modification