The "Identity" of Wellness...
How do you identify yourself? By your name or your title? Your relationship? By your hobbies and activities?
I found myself asking this question recently, after listening to a brilliant podcast of James Clear being interviewed by Rich Roll (definitely check them out!). They spent almost 2 hours talking about James Clears’ recent book “Atomic Habits”, in which he lays out easy ways to create good habits and break bad ones.
The part that most intrigued me was his initial concept of identity. He says ‘Your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity. What you do now is a mirror image of the type of person you believe that you are (either consciously or subconsciously).”
His theory brilliantly aligns with the concept of wellness and the power I believe we have to impact our body, overall well-being, and our ability to gain optimal health. Sometimes we label ourselves without even realizing the strength of those ‘declarations’. Maybe we say “I’m so lazy” or “I’m a junk food junkie” or “I can’t do something because of my condition/disease/weight”. Our mindset and the inner (and sometimes outer) dialogue we have with ourselves and others can make a lasting impact on our actions, and ultimately affect our personal experience of wellness.
The message about identity truly resonated for me. How did I go from being a chocolate, sugar and PB&J loving little person to someone who very consciously chooses food and drinks, physical activities and a lifestyle that truly nourishes me?
In a word…identity. The identity I’ve created for myself is that of health and wellness, even in the midst of autoimmune conditions. My life, my actions and the areas of life I choose to focus on are all informed by this identity; ironically, I didn’t fully recognize the power of identity until I heard the podcast. The identity of wellness really encompasses all aspects of life including the people I choose to engage with, the books I read, the movies I watch, how much ‘screen’ time I have, and ensuring I spend time outside.
I ask you…what is YOUR identity? How do you talk about YOURSELF, both out loud and internally? Do you connect to a particular way of living? Do you love or hate your body? Do you see yourself as healthy and well? Or do you beat yourself up? None of this is about being perfect or having a particular goal, but simply owning the identity that informs your actions.
You have the power to choose! How will you empower yourself with YOUR identity??
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Wishing you wellness,