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The biggest challenge to moving forward on anything

... is the transition to working on it. It almost always represents a shift from doing something comfortable to doing something uncomfortable.

We tend to think that getting traction on our most important work requires us to be skilled and proficient at that work. But the real thing we need to be skilled and proficient in is moving through the moment before the work.

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  1. Identify something important to you that you want to move ahead with.
  2. Identify the transition point to working on it. Examples of transition points are: Pick up the phone and dial (for a conversation); ask a question and then stop talking (for receiving feedback).

  • Start with willpower. Willpower in a moment is much more reliable than willpower over long stretches of time (In some cases you just need to force yourself through a moment to get to the other side).
  • Commit to repetition. Even if your mind starts protesting, ignore it a...

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