Creating Daily Habits

Habits make up 40% of your daily behaviors.  Meaning 40% of what you do on a daily basis is not a conscious decision, but a preprogrammed action.  Think about that.

In this episode, we talk about how much that can affect your goals, your identity, and your why — the reason you do the things you do, the person you want to be, and what you believe about yourself.

We discuss the 5 ways to build a new habit (as covered by James Clear in his book, Atomic Habits).  These include:

  1. Make the new habit easily attainable
  2. Build on this habit slowly
  3. Make it sustainable
  4. If you slip up, just get back on track
  5. Stay patient

As I was reviewing this study of habits, it really resonated with our brand at ReDefine:RVA.  How we build our approach around this and how we attack the main thing that helps the habits stick: the identity.

The identity is the core of what you believe about yourself.  Do you believe you’re healthy and fit?  If you do, your results and your habits tend to stick.  If you never address that belief, you will likely not stick to the new habits you’ve created.

This is why we PREACH making fitness a lifestyle, and not just a quick fix.  We believe that, given time, people start to change the way they think (sometimes with a little encouragement in the right direction), and they actually change their identity.  This is KEY in making these habits stick around.

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