The importance of Identity and goal setting!
It is said that only 8% of the people who set New Year’s goals will actually stick to them. 8%!!!! With January behind us, where are you at with your goals? Have they fallen to the wayside already? Do you have them, but aren’t sure how to tackle them??
Every day is an opportunity to change. It’s not January 1st or bust. If you made a resolution and haven’t been as diligent as you wanted, that’s OK! Start again!
Take some time to sit down with your goals, maybe it’s your approach that’s holding you back! Let’s flip the script, and change our mindset for how we navigate our goals!
The first step is not what or how, but who. You need to know who you want to be. You have the power to change your beliefs about yourself. You have a choice in every moment. You can choose the identity you want to reinforce today with the habits you choose today. Habits are about becoming someone. They help you become the type of person you wish to be.
You may want better health for example, but if you continue to prioritize comfort over accomplishment, you’ll be drawn to relaxing rather than training. The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s one thing to say I’m the type of person who wants this. But it is something very different to say I am the type of person who is this.
The goal is not to draw more, it’s to become an artist The goal is not to complete a triathlon, it is to become a triathlete The goal is not to quit smoking, it’s to become a non-smoker
See the difference??
The next step is to align your actions with that identity. Even if it’s baby steps, 1% improvements each day add up! How would a triathlete train? How would they eat? How would they self-motivate? How would they sleep? How would they recover? How would they internally speak to themselves? Your habits are how you embody your identity, and these daily habits get you closer and closer to your goals.
Take some time today to sit down with your goals and this new perspective. Take on your goals as an identity, then align each and every action to your newly found who.
This process takes time as well. It’s a journey, not an overnight event. One baby step at a time.