How To Build Great Habits With a Powerful Mindset

Alex Judd, host of the EntreLeadership Podcast talks with James Clear, New York Times bestselling author, about how to get into a great mindset that will help you to form unbreakable mindsets and habits.

If you want to change your behavior, you have to start with your whole identity.

James Clear explains it in this way, “Like, it’s one thing to say, ‘I’m the type of person who wants this’. But it’s something very different to say, ‘I’m the type of person who is this’.” When you set goals or habits for yourself, you can become who you want to be. Be the complete embodiment of your goal.

What is the first step to figuring out what you want to become?

One mistake that we often make is that we see unimaginable results and only focus on those. We never look to the process behind those results or what it takes to get there. Because we only see the outcomes, we may think that it’s not important to follow through with the necessary steps. Start by asking yourself “what type of people can reach that result that I want?” Once you figure that out, start developing habits and living the lifestyle that you see in that specific type of person. 

The way that your life turns out can be influenced by multiple facets. James listed two of the ways.“One of them is luck and randomness and uncertainty and the actions of other people, and none of those things are under your control. But the other meaningful part of the equation your daily habits and decisions, and that is under your control.” There are basically two main influences. Influences that are under your control and not under your control.

We should focus on the areas that we CAN control because those are the ones that matter at the end of the day.

Don’t just focus on your goal, focus on WHAT you need to do and WHO you need to be in order to become the BEST that you can be. Make your dream into reality. Keep track of your improvements so you know what you need to change and do more of. Always remember - “how can I get 1% better today?”, James Clear said.

For more information about becoming a better leader, check out the EntreLeadership Podcast and James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits”. 

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