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5 Useful Reminders for When You Want to Give Up
I am struggling today. If you've ever struggled to be consistent with something you care about, maybe my struggle will resonate with you too. It has been 939 days since November 12, 2012. That's the date when I first published an article on JamesClear.com and it's almost 2 years and 7 months ago.

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Your Mind is a Suggestion Engine

Every thought you have is a suggestion, an option, not an order. 

You have the power to choose which option you follow.

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Discomfort Is Temporary

Your life is good and your discomfort is temporary.  Relative to the time in your normal day or week, nearly any habit you perform is over quickly.

Your workout will be finishe...

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You Will Never Regret Good Work

... once it is done, despite our resistance to it.

Sometimes, the simple act of showing up and having the courage to do the work, even in an average manner, is a victory worth celebrating.

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James Clear

"Life is a constant balance between giving into the ease of distraction or overcoming the pain of discipline."

James Clear

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Increasing your focused time

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  • Asking yourself what meaningful, impactful work you can get done today.
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Deciding on Your Impactful Work

It’s an incredible habit to take even a few moments at the beginning of your day (or the end of the day before) to give some thought to where you’d like to concentrate your attention. 

Ask yourself: What is worth doing today? What is worth focusing on? What is worth spending the limited time you have in this life?

Creating Space for Focused Work

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