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Putting highly successful people on a pedestal can unknowingly hinder our own efforts. We get caught in comparisons and it’s easy to forget that they’ve had and still have their own set of struggles and challenges on their path.
Use highly successful people as inspiration, not idols.
Be selective about the apps and systems you use.
Updating and optimizing our productivity apps and systems makes us feel like we’re accomplishing something. But there's a catch in this: that “something” is managing our productivity apps and systems, not actually working toward our goals.
The theory of finite willpower has recently been called into question. Newer research suggests that willpower may be more variable, and based on context and culture. But although willpower is malleable, it’s important not to overdo work at the expense of leisure and relaxation.
Developing small habits, or rituals helps build willpower over time.
Visualization doesn’t inspire us to jump higher, but rather causes us to become complacent. People also become more easily deterred by setbacks because, in our fantasy version, nothing went wrong.
Use your imagination, but realistically. For example, use your imagination for possible challenges and setbacks.
Many people stay busy because that's the norm for them, and they cannot imagine themselves sitting idly. To avoid the busyness trap:
Rather than being hard on yourself when you don’t meet your expectations, be more supportive of yourself and understanding of your challenges.
Try changing the way you talk to yourself when you’re trying to build up the motivation to do something. Positive self-talk and self-support will help.
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