We all have a sense of identity of who we are.
For instance, you might be an American. You might also be a parent. You could be a spouse, too. You could be a writer.
Some parts of our identity are given to us and fixed, but others we choose on our own – often without realizing we’re making a choice.
So, let’s think about the choices we make that affect our identity. What are those choices based on?
We believe they’re based on what we want and how we limit our chances of success by misidentifying ourselves.
Let’s say you have a goal of staying at a healthy weight. You could express that in terms of an outcome like “I want to stay at a healthy weight.” But the problem with outcomes is that we can’t always control them, then we feel like failures and, too often, give up.
But what if you switched from the OUTCOME to the IDENTITY by saying, “I’m the kind of person who enjoys staying at a healthy weight.”
Next, reverse-engineer the process by asking, “What does that kind of person do?” And then start doing those things.
So, instead of thinking that maintaining a healthy weight is something you want someday, you adapt the goal as part of your identity. You’re the kind of person who can maintain a healthy weight, and you’re doing the things that those people do. Success follows the actions, which follow the shift in how you think about yourself.
You can follow this process with anything you desire, like this.
“I want to go to Paris someday, but I’ll never be able to afford it” easily becomes, “I’m the kind of person who saves $50 a week so I can go on a nice vacation once a year.”
We know you’re the kind of person with powerful emotions and the mindset to make things happen for yourself and others. Build on that identity!
If you would like additional support and guidance on creating your new identity as it pertains to your health, fitness, and nutrition, comment below and let us know what you plan on achieving and we can chat 🙂