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3 Ways to Shift Your Identity & Change Your Life – #TomFerryShow

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Let me ask you a few questions:

Do you identify yourself as someone who…

…delivers value?

…is wealthy?

…is healthy?

…is ambitious?

We all have thoughts about ourselves that run the gamut from positive to negative. I’m sure some of these sound familiar – traits we’re proud of, skills we possess, insecurities we obsess over, deficiencies we worry about, etc.

When you add all of those together, they become your personal identity

The way you think about yourself.

And that, my friend, is a very powerful thing.

 

Here’s Why…

Your identity determines your belief…

…and your BELIEF determines your behavior.

When your identity is out of alignment with your goals, you’re never going to take the actions needed to achieve those goals.

So how do we fix that? How do we make that shift?

I’ve got 3 tips today to shift your identity and change your life.

 

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Identity Shifting Method 1: Proximity

They say you become like the five people you spend the most time with.

So that begs the question:

How close are you to the type of people you want to be?

Who you spend your time with absolutely matters.

You need to model your behaviors around the type of people you want to emulate and then grow into those behaviors becoming automatic – part of your everyday routine.

 

Identity Shifting Method 2: Pick Small Tasks & Document Your Wins

If you truly want to shift your identity, you want to help yourself gain momentum.

By breaking strategies down into small tasks, you’re able to start making headway almost immediately.

Then you start documenting your wins.

Every time you check off a completed task, you’re forging your identity as someone who does what you say you’re going to do.

“I get things done.”

“I follow through.”

“I make my phone calls.”

“I go to the gym.”

Starting with the small tasks allows you to “feel” your wins and start building momentum.

Remember Jim Rohn’s words of wisdom: The things required to achieve the greatest things in life are both easy to do… and easy not to do.

 

Identity Shifting Method 3: Work on Your Confidence Every Day

So many people have so much potential.

But some… crumble under pressure.

Or worse yet… they never even try. They don’t take action.

When you have confidence, you act boldly to achieve your dreams.

Here are six simple actions to up your confidence:

  • Get in the gym! – It’s unbelievable how much this will shift your identity
  • Change the way you walk – Stand taller and put a smile on your face
  • Watch your self-talk – You become what you think about
  • Visualization – Close your eyes and envision where you want to be
  • Role playing – People who don’t role play scare me. When you practice, you build your confidence.
  • Make your calls – Or learn to live off less income

 

Let me know how you’re going to shift your identity and change your life below. I can’t wait to read your comments. 


 

 

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