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You probably have to be up at a certain time every morning, so getting a good night's rest comes down to falling asleep on time the night before. If you can't get to bed at a decent hour on your own, ask for some help.

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You'd think a short-term financial plan — saving for a holiday, for example, or stashing an extra month's pay into your emergency fund — wouldn't be hard to do. After all, you only have to tighten your belt for a limited period of time. Plus, the results come faster, and that motivates you to stay the course.

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For most of my life, I've just drifted. I would work passionately at one thing for a while, then I'd burn out on that thing and move on to something else. I felt like I had a good grip on what I needed to do today, but in terms of thinking about the big picture of my life, I just didn't have any idea.

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In high school, our hockey coach was a demigod. Hockey at the school was so important it nearly transcended the concept of sports. Our coach was a natural teacher and dexterously wove in life lessons into nearly every hockey lesson. And there were a lot of hockey lessons.

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Have you ever told yourself no? I definitely have. I'm talking about thoughts like "Why bother applying? I doubt that school would ever accept me," or "This business idea isn't going to work. I'm too old/too young/too inexperienced". Or maybe "He'd never date me. I might as well move on." Or "My boss won't promote me anyway. Why should I even ask?" From what I can tell, we all doubt ourselves from time to time. The problem, of course, is that telling yourself no prevents you from getting started at all. When you decide not to act, you deny yourself opportunities. Once I realised this, I started following a simple little rule that has helped me stick to things and persevere when I normally would have given up. Here's how it works and why you should use it.

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We've all had the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. Sometimes we wait because we just don't care enough about the project, but other times we care a lot — and still end up doing something else. I, for one, end up cleaning my house when I have a lot of papers to grade, even though I know I need to grade them.

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This goal of mine. It was pointless. Not arguably pointless, actually pointless. Undisputedly pointless. Nothing would change if I achieved it. My financial situation would remain the same. My career: the same. My relationship with loved ones: the same. Everything: the same.

The only thing that would change: me. And no-one really gives a damn about that, do they?