One of the biggest pitfalls of long-term goals is spending more time focusing on where you want to end up than you do on what you should be doing right now. Stay motivated by thinking only about the next step.
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Breaking your long-term goal down into smaller actionable milestones helps make it more manageable and gives you that next step to focus on. Even if you're a patient person, you'll probably be frustrated by slow progress at some point. Thinking about the next hurdle you have to overcome will defuse that frustration and help you feel more accomplished.
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