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On identity.

The most powerful thing you can do to make good habits stick is fuse them in your mind as your new identity.

Instead of relying on “willpower” of your future self, rely on identity mechanics. Humans are rigged internally to act in alignment with what they believe they are.

A person who believes they are spiritual will naturally find a few moments to express gratitude. A person who believes they are a mindfulness practitioner will find a few moments to meditate.

Be a writer first — then your writing habits will be easier to stick.

Be a maker first — then your shipping habits will be easier to follow through.

Be a runner first — then you will find an excuse to add running to your daily life.

Because if you don’t, your internal mind has to live through the conflict of identity which is a more powerful force than guilt of skipping habits.

When you believe and embrace your (new) identity, your actions line up pretty organically. Give it a try, it’s been working well for me.