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5 Useful Reminders for When You Want to Give Up

Doing Good Work

We'll never regret doing good work, once it is done, despite our initial 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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5 Useful Reminders for When You Want to Give Up

5 Useful Reminders for When You Want to Give Up

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Key Ideas

Our Minds Work Like Suggestion Engines

Our thoughts work as suggestions, options, not as orders.

We have the power to choose which option we follow.

Discomfort Is Short-Term

Our lives are good in most parts and our discomfort is temporary. Relative to the time in our normal day, almost any habit we adopt is over quickly.

Your workout will be finished in an hour or two. Your report will be typed to completion by tomorrow morning.

James Clear

James Clear

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

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See life as it is, without all the ideals and fantasies you’ve been preoccupied with.

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