How to build a new habit: Crafting a habit statement

James Clear describes that behavioural change happens at multiple levels.

Outcomes are about what you get. Processes are about what you do. Identity is about what you believe.

With identity-based habits, the focus is on who you wish to become.

Examples of the desired identity:

• I want to be healthier 
• I want to be a better writer  
• I want to be the type of person who completes eCourses.

Step 1: Start by linking your habit to your desired identity

Think about your desired identity.

Step 2: Ask - “Who is the type of person that could get the outcome I want?"

Examples of habits linked to the desired identity:

• What would a healthy person do? Go for a run four times a week
• What would a writer do to get better? Write a short paragraph every day for the week
• What would someone do to complete an eCourse? Go through a topic each week.

How Can I Make It Obvious

Step 3: Craft your habit statement using either Implementation Intention (Cue-trigger) or Habit Stacking.

Implementation Intention (Cue-trigger)
I will [Behaviour] at [Time] in [Location]
Eg. I will walk for 45 minutes at 7 am in the park.

Habit Stacking
Eg. After I will drink my lemon water, I will go out for a walk

More examples of habit statement here

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