"Those who believe they are, usually end up being" Unknown
The most common thread across "Self-help" books I have read is that change only happens when you believe it to be happening, or when the fundamental image of "yourself" is removed or altered during a task.
Psycho cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz outlines how people undergoing plastic surgery only benefit when their self-image evolves with the procedure.
The author also explains when hypnosis changes people's self-image, their physical body changes to represent this new image.
Atomic Habits by James Clear demonstrates that identity-driven habits are the only ones that provide lasting change in a person.
Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra & Becoming Supernatural by Dr, Joe Dispenza explains how changes in our self limiting beliefs can literally change our physical body.
The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman states that creating environment specific characters (alter ego's) to embody in times of need, can change our performances to mirror that character.
David Goggins in his book Can't Hurt Me, gives a blow by blow account of times he speaks to himself, about himself, in the third person with statements like "David Goggins isn't the kind of Mother Fu*ker that quits".
Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal and The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler show how "flow state" fundamentally removes thought and "the self" from high-stress tasks to achieve new levels of performance.
This idea speaks volumes when we consider how change actually happens.
In reverse from last week, think back to 5 or 10 years ago, did you think of yourself in the same way that you do now?
Or have you spend that past 5 or 10 years confirming your own biases.
"I can't do that"
"I wish I was that good"
"I wish I was more like him"
If you want to change your physical self, you need to change your internal identity first. So practice this, forget the walk if it's too hard, just sit, imagine your future self having achieved what you want to achieve.
Part 3 next week.