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How to Achieve Your Goals By Creating an Enemy

Our Intuitions can be Wrong

The underlying cause of our bad behavior, procrastination, slacking or avoiding something that is beneficial may or may not be what we think it is.

We need to identify our own self-defeating habits and behaviours. If we give shape to an enemy and think that what is happening to us is because of 'them' we then paradoxically develop motivation within ourselves to fight that enemy.

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