The Fastest Habit Disruption Technique (How to Change Who You Are in an Instant)

The Fastest Habit Disruption Technique (How to Change Who You Are in an Instant)

What if you could change who you’ve always been in an instant? Like a costume change in a grand play, you transform into a completely different person. Unrecognizable from your old self.

You’re no longer you. You’re free to be anything and everything you’ve always wanted to be.

You can do that. You can change anything about yourself.

Right Now.
Just start by pondering this one extraordinary truth: The vast makeup of who we are is the result of repetitive behaviors rooted in beliefs we have about ourselves. And all beliefs are are simply repetitive thoughts.

So… what if you ferociously disrupted repetitive thoughts to the point of them never being able to return in the same way?

Which begs the next question: What’s the most potent method for radically disturbing those ingrained grooves of thinking?

I’ve been using a simple technique to change all sorts of limiting beliefs.

Things like:

  • I’ll always have tension and muscular imbalances in my body. It’s just something I’ll have to deal with.
  • I’ll always be just on the edge of perfect health. But I’ll never sustain high performing energy.
  • I’ll always be operating just outside of what I’m capable of. I’ll never be able to give completely without fear.

Yadda, yadda, yadda. You get the deal.

The point is, all of these things are true first, because I believe them, and second, because I act out those beliefs in my behavior and body.

Here’s how to disrupt limiting beliefs forever

Just start saying: I’m the type of person that… [your new belief about yourself here].

For example…

  • I’m the type of person that has incredible stamina.
  • I’m the type of person that is always relaxed and at ease in uncomfortable situations.
  • I’m the type of person that gives love freely without needing anything in return.
  • I’m the type of person that shows up fully alive and gives unabashedly.
  • I’m the type of person that is awesome at believing new things (meta belief, did you catch that?).

Remember this doesn’t have to be technically true based on past information. Those events were simply the results of repetitive thoughts that created repetitive behaviors that shaped your reality.

Identity and the truth about habit change

A lot of my personal research on habit change suggests changing your identification with your habits is the most critical ingredient to making a lasting change.

Think about it, if you identify as a very fit, strong person, you’ll naturally take actions that support that belief. If you identify as sexy, you’ll naturally emanate a very attractive energy.

It’s just who-you-are. Accountability also increases likelihood of sticking to habits and new beliefs. So go ahead, try picking one thing you’d like to change. Then come up with your own “I’m the type of person that _____” and post it in the comments if you want to double your chances of success.

Make it your mantra. Put it on your fridge, nightstand, bathroom mirror.

It might feel weird at first and that’s completely normal. If you feel any internal resistance, try using this three part technique:

  1. “What I desire is _____” (because that is always true)
  2. Moving to “I’m becoming the type of person that ____”
  3. And finally “I’m the type of person that _____.”

PropsThis is a technique I learned from the brilliant Danielle LaPorte in The Desire Map.

Example: What I desire is more energy and vibrance. I’m becoming the type of person that always chooses to fuel my body with good, whole foods. I’m the type of person that is naturally healthy and strong.

Feels good, doesn’t it?

What’s one belief you want to change? Share below and let the snowball start growing.

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Vincent
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I could definitely vouch for this because this is the sort of mindset training I did for myself when I first began self-improvement. I am confident, I am charismatic, I am motivated, etc. These things became a part of me and it didn’t have to be said aloud to others. Instead, it was repeated over and over in my head. When I was acting against these beliefs I reflected and asked myself what I could have done better. Next time around I am much more prepared. My habits changed gradually over time until it just seemed natural, as if I’ve… Read more »
Cedric
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Interesting stuff Vincent. I think that you can change how you feel about yourself and carry yourself, but others perceptions… that’s pretty much out of your hands.

Dustin
Guest

Awesome article.

I have the unhealthy habit of often defaulting to negative self-talk. I’ve taken massive action to reverse this. And I’ve started to get some serious traction.

This technique will be an awesome and welcome addition to my tool kit. : )

Cedric
Admin

Thought you might like this with the work you’ve been doing.

Alan
Guest

Good stuff…
I love this train of thought. All it really takes are Small Daily Steps and your life will soon change. You have to start though.

I like this statement. “The quality of questions you ask yourself dictate the quality of your life”.

Have an awesome day everyone.
Alan

Cedric
Admin

I’ve noticed that as well Alan.

What’s a question that’s made a huge difference for you?

Alan
Guest

Lately ,the question that has been on my mind the most is this “What is it that makes me want to be better”. I love thinking on that and writing down what comes out. I find that if I ask this often enough I weed out all the stuff that just isn’t serving me or in my immediate frame of reference.

Get’s me where I want to go ….faster.

Cheers,
Alan

Meghan Kerner
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Great ideas for changing not only habits, but the very framework of who you are. Our minds are so powerful and our egos like to be consistent with our beliefs — that is what makes choosing these new beliefs so powerful. Our ego will identify with the new belief over time and the decisions that backup that belief will become automatic.

Here’s a new belief for me:
I’m the type of person who has an amazing immune system so I am always healthy and energetic:)

Cedric
Admin

I love it. I can feel your radiance.

Kate
Guest
Awesome. Glad you didn’t just leave it at “I’m the type of person who…” <– One thing I've noticed with that statement, that you touched on for sure, is that sometimes I'll say something like that to myself (I'm the type of person who meditates every day, for example) and the immediate, programmed thought that comes is "Uh, no you're not" and it negates what I am trying to instill in its place! You mentioned the word 'becoming', which is awesome…. also words like 'beginning' or 'allowing' – "I'm beginning to choose healthy options at every meal" or "I'm allowing… Read more »
Kate
Guest

Ha I guess I should have posted the changes:

“My body is becoming whole, healed, and healthy every single day”
“I’m the type of person that goes all in, living and loving freely and completely”
“I’m beginning to understand that we are born to thrive and that by feeling good, I am contributing to the world”

Rex
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“The vast makeup of who we are is the result of repetitive behaviors rooted in beliefs we have about ourselves.” This is crux of the matter for me. If I look for it, there is always some tension somewhere in my body about something going on in my life at that moment — some echo of belief about who I think I’m supposed to be (because of, you know, TV, school, socialization (is that redundant?), insane laws). That echo is just enough for part of my subconscious to wince and knot something up in my head or my neck or… Read more »
Rex
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sorry, wasn’t trying to be preachy, i was actually motivating myself, like it says to do in this post…..

how strange. ;)

noelle lake
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Hi Rex – This did not sound “preachy” to me at all. I really appreciate what you shared. I also feel that the key is interrupting the unhealthy belief (I love your talking to a stranger that’s not a mugger suggestion!), and am not sure about how I feel about the latter steps of substituting a different more positive one. I am all in favor of doing whatever it takes to empower oneself and I think this is one approach. But it feels a little like the pendulum swinging vigorously in the opposite direction. What about letting the pendulum just… Read more »
Rex
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“All that said, I do think that a positive belief is better than a negative one, I just think that no belief is better still when that is possible.” Can’t argue with that. I totally agree that in the moment realization and investigation is key. Since each time we ignore it, it remains an ingrained part of our conditioning. Also completely agree that no belief is still better. It is the best. In this very moment, none of my concerns are real, except that I think I forgot to wash this shirt before wearing back to work (ew). Thanks for… Read more »
Frater Smith
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This is very similar to what Franz Bardon describes in his book “Initiation into Hermetics”… he calls the technique Auto-Suggestion. Here is the excerpt from the book: 1. Autosuggestion or the Secret of Subconscious ~ Before proceeding to describe the exercises of the second step, let me explain the secret of the subconscious and its practical consequences. In the same way as normal consciousness has its seat in the soul, and is activated by the cerebrum in the body, consequently the head, subconsciousness is a property of the soul, residing in the cerebellum, i.e., the back part of the head.… Read more »
Jason
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Aha! Great to see another Bardon-trained Hermeticist here! :) Hermeticists also use air, water and food to acquire new virtues and to snuff out corresponding vices. For example, before consuming a meal or drink, raise your dominant hand above it and imagine a pure white energy radiating from your hand and penetrating the meal. Then bring to mind your desired quality: feel it and believe you have it now! Then push that feeling, via the white light, into your meal. Be mindful, as you eat, that your wish has anchored itself within you. You’ll find that, after a while, the… Read more »
Deevra Norling
Guest

I’ve always struggled with negative self-limiting beliefs. It’s still a struggle. Some people are natrually optimistic. I’ve always wondered why I lean towards pessimism and have a more depressive personality. I have to work doubly hard to keep positive!

pht
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Take your example back : Example: What I desire is more energy and vibrance. I’m becoming the type of person that always chooses to fuel my body with good, whole foods. I’m the type of person that is naturally healthy and strong. This implies that, for you, “fuel my body with good, whole foods” will somehow imply “more energy and vibrance”. Which makes sense, and is not exactly big news. So you’re basically saying : if you want something to happen, find a way to make it happen, and apply it. Causality FTW ! I suspect people’s real issue is… Read more »
Gina Musa
Guest

This is a great idea and I used it this morning in order to make a phone call about my finances (I’d been telling my self I was the kind of person who doesn’t understand money….). Also it is perfect for a coaching group I’m running so thank you. Loving your 365 programme by the way :-)

Nadine
Guest

I’m the type of person who pursues her dreams.

Thank you very much for this most inspiring post :)

Christine G. Adamo
Guest

Not to be intrusive, Deevra, but I’d love to hear a new take on yourself – ’cause boy can I relate to it, which is why your post stood out for me. How ’bout we BOTH, together, choose a more constructive thought? Like…? Maybe…?

I am the type of person whose positive self image and belief in limitless uplifting possibilities pay huge dividends and make my life wonderful for me and those around me – without effort, wherever I go and whatever mood I start out in.

I’m just sayin’…you so rock and you’re so worth the positive vibes!!!!

Christine

Maya Stein
Guest

I’m the type of person that is naturally gifted at making a successful and sustainable living from her creative pursuits.

Alysa
Guest

LOVE THIS!!

Try New Things
Guest

I am a person who lives vibrantly and fully alive.
I am a person who looks forward to each day with optimism and excitement.

Ashley Rae
Guest

I’m the type of person who wakes up early to get the most out of every day.

Lucy
Guest

Loved this post! The beliefs I would most like to change are:

“I’m an anxious, over-reactive type, that’s just who I am” and
“I’ll never be as fit and strong as I want to be, I just have a weaker constitution/less energy than others”

So I especially love these two:
• I’m the type of person that has incredible stamina.
• I’m the type of person that is always relaxed and at ease in uncomfortable situations.

Thanks Jonathan!

Bre
Guest

I’m the type of person who is always relaxed and confident in social situations.

Cody Wheeler
Guest

Awesome reminder about how our thinking impacts our behavior Jonathan.

Aside from Think and Grow Rich, there’s another great book on this that I read a few months back called Psycho Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz. It’s got a lot of short but deep lessons, kind of blog post like, that can really help keep you motivation and inspired during rough situations.

Maltz was one of the pioneers of positive self-talk. I highly recommend that book if any of you guys haven’t read it. It’s been a great addition to my mental toolkit and has helped me in a variety of different avenues.

sara
Guest
Hi Jonathan. Thank you. A great post and wonderful invitation. I’m the type of person who transforms my weaknesses into strengths. I’m the type of person who is getting the willingness to create a web presence and step out and write and share, to find my voice, service, vision. I’m the type of person who finishes my projects. I’m the type of person who loves sharing my ideas, and encourages and loves to listen to feedback and hearing others ideas. I’m the type of person who takes action, is not afraid to experiment in public, and is overcoming the lizard… Read more »
Cedric
Admin

Thank you for sharing Sara.

Michael
Guest

Great reminder!

Thanks for the post. Gonna put it into action today!

Patricia Johnson
Guest

Thank you Jonathan so much for this. Starting with:

I am the type of person that doesn’t allow distractions to keep me from the things I need to accomplish..

I am the type of person who is extremely creative.

Lynn Allen
Guest

I am the type of person who appreciates great, practical advice and who says “thank you” when it applies to me.

Thank you. This is awesome.

I am the type of person who is focused and organized. I am the type of person who values my own efforts and is willing to charge clients the right amount for the benefits I bring them.

Karenee
Guest

I’m the type of person that enables others to discover and be the best of themselves….
I show them how by living it myself.

Cedric
Admin

Nice.

Andrea H.
Guest

Most of the times habits are a kind of highways of the mind which we are used to and go more or less on autopilot. Changing them in little steps as you say is a very good way to develop healthy or wanted habits. It takes time but it works.

It’s just like learning to drive a car, at first it seems difficult but with practice everything goes smooth. We just have to stick to it until it becomes second nature.

Cedric
Admin

Very true Andrea. I’ve also realized that the more I change my habits the more I realize that everything is change and I’ll always desire for things to be different to some degree. This helps me relax and focus on where I want to go without obsessing about it.

Marie butler
Guest

I know I need to do this. I need to get over the fact that I was wronged. I need to move on and beyond all that. It’s hard when the people you know are still around.

Cedric
Admin

Everything can change, and will change. The question is whether you’ll direct it where you most want it to go. You can start now. :)

Big Apple Dreaming
Guest

Everything is your hands ;) I think if you really want something you can get it! But you need to work hard and be passionated about what are you doing ;)

Katie
Guest

Great post! I love the positive thinking combined with giving yourself some big shoes to fill! However from personal experience it can be tricky to break out of the bad habit of negative self talk. But as long as we keep striving, right? Enjoy the process, independent of the outcome! Cheers!

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Sherry Marshall
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Hi. Yes, I agree. If we keep doing/thinking the same thing, we get the same result, so nothing changes. Using positive affirmations and positive thinking, in a consistent way, can, for some people, change their mind and therefore change their beliefs about themselves and their habitual patterns. Meditation also works in this way. At the same time, if we could all do it, we would! As a Process Psychologist and long time meditator and author of a book on Tibetan Buddhism, my experience with thousands of people is that psychological and mental and emotional patterns of mind are far more… Read more »
Marc Vaillancourt
Guest

Great post Jonathan! Your insights always show up at the right time for me! Thanks for all you do.

Cedric
Admin

Glad to be of service Marc.

Elena Novak
Guest
I’ve always had a problem with the conflicting notions of “who we are” as an ingrained self and “who we can be” as the capacity to change that ingrained self. So is there a “you,” or is “you” whoever you want to be? Now I think my problem was trying to write “I’m the type of person that…” statements that revolved too much around who I thought others wanted me to be. Instead of trying to make myself fit that image, even if I could, the fact is I don’t want to. I’ve chosen that for myself. A change in… Read more »
Nikole Gipps
Guest

At some point, don’t you hit the very nature of yourself though? Like trying to tell yourself that you’re a morning person when you’re a night owl, or that you’re an organized person when your brain just can’t deal with that kind of structure.

Barbara
Guest

I am the type of person who can focus on a goal and make it happen.

Great posts and I have loved all the comments, Thank you.

Nir Eyal
Guest

Interesting essay but where’s the science to back this up? I love the concept and it seems directionally correct but can you point to any studies that show this really works?
Thank you!

Napoleon Nalcot
Guest

Very well written post for this particular topic. From the title to the last word of the last paragraph is all packed with what I need to translate into action myself. Thank you for this!

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Kelly @Try New Things
Guest

I love this technique. When I first read it, I wasn`t sure and then…amazing.

I am the type of person who gets started right away when I get up.

And my brain said `No you are not`.

But I kept saying it and it works!

And for the last 6 mornings I AM the type of person who gets started right away when I get up.And I accomplish so much.

Cedric
Admin

Booyah.

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Mariah
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My mind was blown when I read “all beliefs are simply repetitive thoughts” it is so simple, so genius! When I was finished reading I felt a ease of relief wash over. I am going to start using this technique right away.

“I am outgoing and happy. I bring joy and ease to everyone around me.”

Maggie Reyes
Guest

I am the type of person that has whatever I need whenever I need it.

I am the type of person that loves her life and you can tell.

I am the type of person who succeeds.

I am the type of person who has a great marriage and an awesome career.

I LOVE THIS GAME!

By the way, I never heard of you and two totally un-connected people mentioned you within the same hour on the same day. Followed the obvious SIGNS here. Thanks for this!

I am the type of person who loves awesome when I see it!

XO

Maggie

Tom Southern
Guest

“I’m the type of person who is healthy, wealthy, happy and successful.”

Can I have two? :)

“I’m the type of person who writes my novel every day no matter what, no matter how many or few words.”

This is a great pattern-interrupter, Jonathan. Simplicity is always the most powerful tool when it comes to conquering great foes.

Walid
Guest

I’m the type of person who is focused and work hard.

Let’s work !

Tiffany
Guest

What I desire is to be good to my boyfriend. I’m becoming the type of person that will treat him with respect and listen to him sincerely. I’m the type of person that will love and nourish my boyfriend.

Eric
Guest

Good article if you don’t suffer from any sort of mental health issues. You can always tell the healthy minded people by their naivety about the simplicity of their “just change how you think” theories.

This article certainly has a motivating tone to it, but out of touch with reality.

Venky Rajagopal
Guest
I am being tormented by thought for the past three years, which actually stemmed from a person humiliating me for unknown reasons and I had to walk away from that place, but this humiliation was continued by others, and I had to walk completely off that group, and now that humiliation thoughts are tormenting me and I am not able to concentrate and behave the way I was before that scenarios. I want to live that happy life just the way before these episodes as many ppl were finding benefit with my small act of giving in many forms. I… Read more »
Akisha
Guest

I will change the belief that I am not good enough. It somehow seems to come up every now and then. I am the type of person who is good enough.

Boe
Guest
I disagree that most beliefs come from repetition. Most of our beliefs stem from childhood and were most likely formed in an instant, eg, your parents say something such as “all ___ are ___”. Kids automatically believe what their parents say. The parent is the authority, and kids are just sponges until they learn to discriminate for themselves. Another example, there is a lot of propaganda being channeled through the news and media. In fact, a lot of PR companies pay news programs to market stuff posing as “news segments”. People see what is on the news and instantly just… Read more »
Colin
Guest

Great article. I find that the most effective process has been to choose a belief about myself that I’d like to install or become, and attach it to a small, daily action working it as a habit. The action serves as the ‘proof’ to myself that I’m becoming that way

Andrew Mitchell
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I desire to be pain free and in good shape, I am becoming the type of person that eats healthy and excercises, I am the type of person that is fit and healthy and pain free

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