Determine desired behaviours based on who you want to become

Tags: Health Change Management Human Behaviour Strategy

James Clear suggests that in order to identify and adopt new habits, an individual should first determine who it is that they want to become. With a clear vision in mind of this person, the individual can then determine what behaviours or activities such a person would adopt and then adopt them for themselves. As an example, he says that a person who has written a book is likely someone who is consistent and reliable. Therefore, someone wishing to write a book should strive to become consistent and reliable themselves.

The logical next step is to take steps to prove to one's self that they embody those qualities and behaviours that characterize the person they wish to become. This means adopting those habits and behaviours.

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    Tags: [[Health]] [[Change Management]] [[Habits]] [[Human Behaviour]]

    Taking small, incremental steps toward a desired outcome is often more effective over the long-term than large, herculean effo...
    . Identifying and adopting small behaviours can be a more effective path to the ideal self than large scale change.
  • See We become the people we spend time withWe become the people we spend time with
    Tags: [[Human Behaviour]] [[Habits]]

    Humans are social animals and tend to mimic or adopt the behaviour of those with whom we associate. We are most likely to adopt the habits of people we are clo...
    . Joining a community of individuals who embody the target self may also be conducive to behaviour change.

Clear says that having this vision of a future self helps create intrinsic motivation; intrinsic motivation is stronger than extrinsic motivation.


Clear 2018