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In this episode, James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, discusses the importance of habits in our daily lives and how they help create our identity and lead to the bigger results we desire. Listen on Apple, Libsyn, Castbox, or your favorite player. 

Doing not only creates confidence and clarity in our lives, but it also impacts the way we view our identity. 

Why is that? 

Atomic Habits and Identity

“Your habits are how you embody a particular identity”

Confidence is the display of our ability, and our identity is impacted by the actions we do every day. It’s not about placing our identity in the results we want, but rather about placing it in the small habits that lead to those results. 

“Every action you take is like a vote for the person you want to become”

The smaller actions and repeated habits, they reinforce the type of person we are. With every action you take, you’re casting a vote, and even the smallest action is a vote cast. It’s not about being perfect, but about casting a majority of your votes toward the person you want to become. 

What about when who we want to become doesn’t match our actions? What then? 

We often hear the term “fake it till you make it,” but that is only a short term solution. It doesn’t hold up in the long term because we don’t have evidence that we are the person we claim to be. 

Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

By putting our actions before our belief, belief becomes a by-product of the evidence and is more likely to stick around.

People have many New Year’s resolutions, goals, and ideals for the person they desire to become. Usually, people make their resolutions by focusing on the results they want, and this is their motivation. Their identity lies in the person they wish to become. 

“Most New Year’s resolutions fail, partially, because they don’t get integrated into our identity.”

Instead of focusing on the end result, we should place our identity in the small habits that lead to that goal. When you choose to focus on identity rather than outcomes, habits start to form. It’s not about the result, it’s about the person you are along the way. That is what impacts your identity. Don’t just try to achieve the results, but be the type of person to get those results! 

“If you don’t love the process, it’s really hard to get the result you’re looking for.”

We don’t have to be perfect, but a little more courageous every day. It’s much more about the process and system than the results!

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