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Eight Ways to Achieve Your Goals – No Willpower Required


By Emma Young

Need a boost of motivation? From diet tips to micropayments, here’s how to cheat your chances of achieving success. Read more

6 Strategies to Maintain Your Willpower

By Nina Zipkin

It isn’t enough to just want to achieve a goal. There are going to be times, when you’re busy, tired or discouraged and you’ll feel like you don’t have it in you to keep going. But you have to fight through those feelings to get over the hump and accomplish everything you set out to do. You need to have the willpower to persevere. Read more

Becoming Grittier: Mindset Changes to Achieve Long-Term Goals

By Nacho Caballero

Grit is the willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve long-term goals. Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania has been researching how grit correlates with activities like reaching the final rounds of the U.S. National Spelling Bee, or surviving the grueling first summer of training at West Point. She has found that being gritty is a better predictor of success than high IQ or SAT scores.

So, how do we become grittier? Is it even possible? Yes, it’s possible. How do I know this? I don’t, but I’m putting my money on the two techniques that I have used in my grittiest moments: outsourcing the decision to get started, and crafting an epic narrative. Read more

A Strategy To Really, Truly Reach Your Goal

By Unstuck

Stuck Moment: After a few weeks of gung-ho enthusiasm, we’re tempted to slip back into old habits and give up our resolutions.

You have to admire the enthusiasm that washes over us every January. It’s like we’re scrubbed shiny-clean with aspiration to make our lives better. Plus, we know we’re not the only ones trying to shed holiday pounds or master Twitter or finally launch a new business — giving us a nice boost from the camaraderie department.

Sometimes fresh zeal and plenty of company are enough to reach the finish line. But, not usually. This is a big “but,” because when we fall short, it’s easy to blame our willpower or circumstance, and be done with it.  “Okay,” we say. “I’m too tired at night to cook, so it’s another year of ordering takeout. I can afford it. Sort of.” Sigh.

Not okay, because we haven’t given ourselves a decent run at it. Achieving a goal is not simply a matter of grin-and-bear-it endurance. Actually, it’s the opposite of that. Read more

4 Steps to Developing Your Self-Discipline That You Can Start Today

By Nic Ferguson

Being honest, my biggest challenge is self-discipline — or lack of! And it’s an area I grow more aware of and want to challenge daily.

The trouble is, I find it hard to do what I say I want to do! For example, my intention was to write from 5.30am this morning, and guess what, it’s just gone 6am.

This isn’t uncommon for me and it gets on my nerves. Or rather, I should say, I get on my nerves. Self-discipline has been the biggest obstacle in the pursuit of my goals. Read more

The Surprising Secret That Could Help You Achieve Your Goals

By Rachel Lapidos

When you think about your goals—whether it’s to actually meditate on the reg, become a better runner, or cut dairy from your diet—you probably think a strong willpower is how you make them happen. Well, here’s some news for you self-control pros: there’s something else that could be more effective in helping you succeed.

The true secret? Avoiding temptation completely. Read more

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

By Alan Zimmerman

You’ve heard the old cliché that says, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Well, it’s NOT a cliché. Research unequivocally confirms that your attitude is one of the most important … if not THE most important … factor in your success. Read more

Getting Started Is Everything

By Adam Pash

Nothing’s better than sinking your teeth into a satisfying after-hours side project—or what I guess most people may just call a hobby. But after 10 hours at work, it’s not always easy to muster the energy to switch off your TV and go to work on your project. The trick I use is simple, self-evident, and it works. Getting started is everything.

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A Better Way to Get out of a Rut and Achieve Your Goals

By Chris Helder

When Melbourne author and public speaker Chris Helder’s father died four years ago, little did he know that in the midst of his grief he would come up with a philosophy that he would live by.

Not only did this Eureka moment alter his own belief system, but it also influenced his public speaking subjects and his latest book, Useful Belief. Read more

7 Ways To Be More Self-Disciplined, Because You Can Accomplish Whatever You Want

By Carolyn Steber

Doesn’t it sometimes feel like everyone on the planet is all successful and motivated except for you? Those people at the gym, that vegan coworker, your cousin the author — they all seem to have discovered ways to have more self-discipline. And they make it look so easy.

But self-discipline isn’t easy, and it wasn’t for them at first, either. Because the truth is, no one is born with the magic ability to publish books, or the miraculous desire to give up dairy. These things are hard to do, and the process sucks. So really, the only difference between you and the so-called successful people is that they stuck it out, and you didn’t. Read more

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