I like many things about both approaches to eating (and I also don’t agree with a lot of things in both).
But that’s not really relevant or why I bring this up.
Picture this scenario:
10 people walk into a bar J
They start introducing themselves:
- Hi, I’m on a low fat diet
- Hi, I’m on the Zone diet
- Hi, I’m on the Atkins diet
- Hi, I’m on the South beach diet
- Hi, I’m on the Weightwatchers diet
- Hi, I’m on the Alkaline diet
- Hi, I’m on the Mediterranean diet
- Hi, I’m on a Raw Food diet
- Hi, I am Vegan
- Hi, I am Paleo
10 points for spotting the 2 odd ones out from that list.
Did you notice something?
Anyone on a “diet” will say that they’re “ON” this or that diet.
Both vegans and paleo people will say: I “AM” vegan, I “AM” paleo.
This is important because both diets have FAR higher adherence rates (how likely people are to “stick” to the diet long-term) than ANY other diet!
You see this is a psychological trick: “being” something means you merge your own identity with that of whatever you’re trying to do. You “become” a part of a “tribe”. It changes “who” you are.
There is a reason why Vegans and Paleo people try to convert everyone they see to their way to eating: veganism and paleo is not something they do, it’s something they ARE.
This is a very powerful tool for forming success habits: instead of trying to do something, write down the “kind of person you want to be and the kind of person you don’t want to be”.
- Are you the “kind of person” who says “I don’t have time to work out”?
- Are you the “kind of person” who can’t resist sugary treats?
- Are you the “kind of person” who loses his/her temper with colleagues?
- Are you the “kind of person” who carries resentment and bitterness?
- Are you the “kind of person” who can’t commit to 15min of reading per day?
- Are you a quitter?
If you want to build powerful and long-lasting habits, then find a way to merge that habit into your personality, the “kind of person you are”.
I know I’ve written about this before, but it’s such a powerful tool that I feel inclined to reinforce the concept occasionally.
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