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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.

Make A List Of Your Personal 'Big Wins' To Stay Motivated

Staying motivated isn’t easy, but it helps to remember your accomplishments — especially the big ones — long after you’ve completed them. Keep a list of those “big wins” in view to stay focused and help you drive to the next one you can add to your list.

Get Into A 'Not Yet' Mindset To Prepare For Your Financial Future

If you’re not on top of your finances already, you probably feel like you never will be. The debt feel overwhelming and saving feels impossible. Fight this despair by switching from failure to “not yet”.

Reach Keeps Your Savings Goals Front And Centre In Chrome

Chrome: When working toward any goal, visual reminders can help you stay on track. Reach is an extension for Chrome that simplifies your financial goals and reminds you of them every time you open a new tab.

The Limitations Of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking and striving for happiness are common goals associated with self-improvement. It seems that they’re becoming more pervasive within company cultures, too, as employee happiness, customer happiness and a focus on productivity pop up in more company culture documents and mission statements.

At first glance, it seems like a step forward for company leaders to be focusing on the emotional health of employees and customers. But there’s more to positive thinking than might appear on the surface.

Figure Out What You Really Love To Do With The 'Laptop Test'

You’ll find no shortage of tips from many of the most successful and powerful people on how to find your “passion”, or what you truly love to do. Here’s a simpler way: gauge how you feel about opening your laptop.

Attach Your Spending Desire To A Financial Goal

If you want to buy a home, most experts suggest saving at least 20% for the down payment. It’s a simple goal for a big purchase, but it’s meant to protect you financially. You can use the same concept for other purchases, too.

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