“Identity fuels action, and action creates habits and habits are part of a practice and a practice is the single best way to get to where you seek to go. “ -Seth Godin “The Practice”
As I start to think of a vision for the new year, it’s tempting for me to think it’s all about what I have to do, as if getting things done is all that it takes.
This quote reminds me that my actions are confirmations of my identity. What I do flows from how I think about myself. Said another way, mindset is the foundation upon which action builds the home of our habits.
The whole first part of Godin’s book has to do with trust, especially trusting yourself. It’s his way of describing how we can have a healthy identity of ourselves.
Trusting yourself begins with rejecting the forces of compliance and reassurance. But it also means taking ownership and being on the hook. When we create out of our own autonomy, we have no one to look to but ourselves.
I’m starting to see identity —> action —> habits —> practice as more of a circle than something linear. The practice we commit to not only confirms but transforms who we are, so that we become most like ourselves.
If you are just starting on this journey now, the mindset to have is trusting yourself. Once you can do that, you set the stage to become bias toward action.
Start where you are now, and see where it takes you.