Thursday, May 21, 2015

Create Meaningful Change in Your Life with Identity-Based Habits

I just finished reading an article that discussed employing identity-based habits techniques to create a desired change. There is a little bit of text below and a link to the complete article which goes into more detail about the concept.

For our purposes here, I want to focus only on the couple paragraphs below. I want to approach the topic this way because there is a new method to getting what you want out of life without setting goals.

Create Meaningful Change in Your Life with Identity-Based Habits

The key to building lasting habits is focusing on creating a new identity first. Your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity. What you do now is a mirror image of the type of person you believe that you are (either consciously or subconsciously).

To change your behavior for good, you need to start believing new things about yourself. When you embrace a new identity it is much easier to reinvent yourself. You are starting from scratch. So you can essentially create the kind of person you want to become.

It takes practice and hard work. But, you must be willing to put forth the effort if you want to change your life for the better.

Imagine how we typically set goals. We might start by saying “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get stronger.” Forget that right now. Forget everything you think you know about setting and achieving goals as a means to self-improvement.

From now on you are no longer going to set goals. You don't have any more goals. In fact, your last goal is to not create any more goals. You are going to focus on systems.

A system is a way of doing something. For example, if you are a writer, your goal is to write a book. To complete a novel. Or a how-to manual.

The system you employ to write the book is what's going to get you where you want to go. The goal of completing the book won't help you in this regard. When you focus on the system you do not have a goal. But you will eventually get where you want to go.

The the system you use can be anything from writing 2 pages a day to writing 10 pages a day. Or even 10 pages a month. You can design any system you desire. The beauty of this approach is the more fun you make it the more likely you are to stick to the system.

Once you learn to operate from the standpoint of working a system. And not working towards a goal. You will be able to create real change in your life.
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