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January: Connect Through Built Identity

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January is the busiest time of the year for new gym memberships, but the gym industry knows that it doesn’t mean those new members will stick it out. We call them “resolutions” because we resolved to make changes in behavior. You set a goal, even a SMART goal, like you learned in high school Health. You take action towards that goal, but it often doesn’t last. It leads to feelings of failure and the resolve you felt on January 1st is now wrapped up in self-loathing.

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to get out of this rut is as simple as a thought-shift? Instead of thinking about WHAT you want to accomplish, think about WHO you want to be.

In January, we look at ways to up your connection through building an identity that is in line with who you want to be. 

James Clear is a habit expert. In his book Atomic Habits (2018), he identifies ways to "build good habits and break bad ones." Right off the bat, he says that it is a reciprocal pattern of being and doing. What you do creates who you are and so who you are (or want to be) will create the easiest path for what you do. 

Check out his 30-day starter course: There are lots of ways to get his book, including the Lane Library's digital service, Hoopla. 

Is there a person or people you can start this journey with together? (PRO TIP: accountability partners help create a sense of identity, form connections, and build good habits!)