Here’s something to think about: What do healthy habits mean to YOU?
For me, my habits are who I am. They’re my identity.
If I think about my before and after photos, I know that I’m a different person to who I used to be. I have different habits and a different identity.
These days, my habits and identity are still ever changing.
- If most of my habits are healthy habits, I’ll see myself as a healthy person.
- If most of my habits are unhealthy habits, I’ll see myself as an unhealthy person.
- It’s the same for my finance habits, relationship habits, work and productivity habits, and so on.
Something really important that I’ve learned from my own physical and mental transformation is that you can change your identity by changing your habits.
- If I have bad habits, I know that I can change them and build better ones.
- If I have good habits, I know that I need to work hard to keep them, otherwise I might lose them.
People change over time. We’re supposed to. It’s up to us if we’re changing for better or worse.
So to me, every time I do a habit (or a behaviour that might eventually become a habit), I’m voting for what kind of person I want to be.
If I choose to do a workout today, I’m voting for being a fit and active person. If I choose to skip my workout and watch TV, I’m voting for being a sedentary and inactive person.
If I choose to eat a healthy meal versus an unhealthy meal, go to bed early versus go to bed late, stick to my budget or deviate from my budget, focus at work or allow myself to be distracted, contribute positively to my relationships or contribute negatively to my relationships… Each individual behaviour is building a habit and creating an identity over time.
Think about the things that you do regularly and consistently (good or bad) right now:
- What kind of identity do they give you?
- What do they say about you?
- What kind of person are they turning you into?