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How to Stick to Your Goals When You've Lost Motivation
Almost two months have gone by already! Time flies, doesn't it? It feels as though last week we were just reflecting on our past year and planning for the year ahead. Most of us start every new year with a set of goals we are determined to achieve.

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Force yourself to do things

Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline. 

Forcing yourself to do things...

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"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

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Focus on the emotional reward

Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.

  • The adrenaline rush.
  • The feeling of being fit and healthy.

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Track your goals periodically

Writing things down is a way to reinforce to our subconscious what we want. The more we tell ourselves what we want to achieve, the more likely we are to take ac...

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Set a reward for yourself

Rewards can keep us motivated. And if a reward can keep us motivated for 30 days, then we might have successfully changed our habit by then too. Pick a healthy reward for yourself. 

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Find someone to hold you accountable

Instead of tracking your goals yourself, you can ask someone you trust to keep you on track with your goals. This can be a sibling, friend, partner, or even a professional such as a life coa...

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The Dip

Across language learning, company building, and any kind of creative project, there is a dip. The Dip is the long stretch between beginner’s luck and real accomplishment.
Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most.

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