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Avoid The 'Perfectionist Trap' And Stop Comparing Your Successes To Your Role Models

The ‘perfectionist trap’ happens when you see the successes of the people you look up to and aspire to them, forgetting (or not seeing) the hard work and failures required for them to get there. You try, you struggle, and assume you should give up. Don’t: they’re more like you than you know.

The Psychological Origins Of Procrastination And How To Stop Putting Things Off

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.

Make A 'Reverse Bucket List' When You've Hit A Plateau With Your Goals

We all have goals we’re working toward, and at some point, you may come to a financial plateau with those goals. During that time, it’s easy to get impatient and lose sight of what you already have. A “reverse bucket list” can come in handy during this plateau.

Get More Done By Focusing On Systems Instead Of Goals

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship and so on.

My Hobby Transformed Everything I Know About Setting Goals

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?

Get Started On Large Goals With An Easy Task That Has Huge Rewards

Big goals are daunting, and it’s common practice to break them into smaller tasks. But you can still have trouble getting started. To get over that initial fear, choose a task with little effort and huge rewards.

Olympians Teach Us To Forget The Goal And Focus On The Process

There’s something to learn from an Olympic athlete’s work ethic, even when the games are over. Sure, they spend most waking hours training, but the part where they set epic goals and grind it out, day in and day out, even when it sucks, even if you never get there? That’s what’s important.

If You Rely Too Much On Plan B, It Might Ruin Your Plan A

It’s good to have backup plans in case your goals don’t work out in your career or life. However, if you spend too much effort on figuring out the details of your backup plans, it can make you less likely to really pursue your first plan.

Play This Game Of Financial Noughts And Crosses To Gauge Your Budget's Health

There are a lot of boxes you need to tick off in your financial life. While it’s important to hit them all, that’s not always realistic for every budget. However, this neat noughts and crosses game is a clever way to motivate you to get a few things done.

Motivate Yourself By Switching 'I Will' To 'Will I?'

The process of developing a positive new habit is filled with “I will” statements. I will get up earlier. I will go for a run. I will eat more vegetables. But a little self-interrogation might be more motivational.

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