"The interior of behavior change and building better habits is your identity. Each action you perform is driven by the fundamental belief that it is possible. So if you change your identity (the type of person that you believe that you are), then it’s easier to change your actions. The reason why it’s so hard to stick to new habits is that we often try to achieve a performance or appearance–based goal without changing our identity. Most of the time we try to achieve results before proving to ourselves that we have the identity of the type of person we want to become. It should be the other way around."
Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year
Less than a year ago today, I ran a mile a day for a week. The first day, I told my friend that I hated running. Now, I run at least three miles weekdays, more on the weekends, and running is one of my favorite things in my life.