“Forget about setting goals. Focus on this instead.” – James Clear
And what is “this”?
"If you do something every day, it’s a system. If you're waiting to achieve it someday in the future, it's a goal." – Scott Adams, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Simply put, systems are the habits that we perform every day to help us build our self-identity and get to our goals.
One popular method of habit-building is called the 21/90 rule. Commit to a personal or professional goal for 21 days to form the habit and then another 90 days to make it permanent, a lifestyle change.
“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. You need to build identity-based habits.” – James Clear
Answer these questions:1. What is a goal that will improve your quality of life in a major way? (Identify goal)
Example: Lose 50 lbs
2. What sort of person could be achieving this goal? What characteristics does this person have? What actions does this person take? (Identity)
Example: Someone who is active every day.
3. What is a baby step habit that I will commit to every day? (Pick habit to build)
Example: Take a 5-minute walk after dinner every day. Increase time by 5 minutes every day.
Let’s grow and flourish together!