When I was trying to build new habits in 2022, I was too focused on outcomes. I should have been focused on a new identity.
Identity vs. outcomes
Early on in 2022 I wrote a big list of outcomes I wanted at the end of the year.
These goals spanned things like health, finances, career, and relationships. And I worked really hard to achieve these outcomes. But I frequently felt like I was battling something to take the next step forward.
That something was the misalignment between my identity and the outcomes I was trying to achieve.
My Framework for 2023
To achieve my goals in 2023, instead of just hard work, I’m going to apply a concept from James Clear’s Atomic Habits.
I will reframe the outcomes I want to achieve as the habits of the person I want to be.
Outcome: I want to read 50 books
Identity: I’m a person who reads everyday
Outcome: I want to be healthier
Identity: I’m a person who eats whole foods and exercises daily
Outcome: I want to write another book
Identity: I’m a person who writes something everyday
By adopting this framework, I will be able to shift my mindset from “things I need to do” to “things I do.”