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When everything is going right, you’re going with the flow. When everything is not going right, you’re trying to go against it.
So instead of feeling frustrated, choose to take it easy. Have that ice cream. Sleep in. Don’t work out. Eventually, you’ll want to get back to your productive routines.
Think of a moment you were in a powerful state of mind. A time when everything went well. Try to be very specific and to remember everything in detail.
You have the power to control your mind. If you do that several times a day, you will notice that you start feeling that way again.
When you plan your days, you know what you have to do:
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Schedule your habits by giving them a specific space in your daily waking hours. You can put it in your calendar, or link it to your current behavior patterns.
Create a system around your existing life to incorporate the new habit.
Even doing something small towards your goal can help build a daily routine.
Example: Instead of skipping the morning jog entirely due to lack of time, one can jog for a few minutes.
Instead of browsing social media, use that time to exercise or do something that actually helps you.
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Once you decide what you want to do, it takes little time to do it. For exercise, fifteen minutes is all it takes to get your heart pumping, and you're done for the day.
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