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Prisoners of Our Thoughts, 2nd Edition by Stephen Covey, Alex Pattakos

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7Don’t Work Against Yourself

Ironically enough, in the same way that fear brings to pass what one is afraid of, likewise a forced intention makes impossible what one forcibly wishes.62

Have you ever worked so hard at something that the more you tried, the harder the task became and the farther away you seemed to get from your goal? In other words, one step forward, two steps backward? I’ve experienced this kind of situation in my life, including my work life. Let me share a quick example that took place when I was a full-time professor, directing a graduate degree program in public administration at a university in the United States.

Among my duties as director, I was charged with the challenge of obtaining accreditation from one of the discipline’s ...

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