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The feeling of progress has a huge impact on your motivation: little victories can be just as important as big ones. Not only do they help you toward your goals; they can also give you the psychological boost you need.

If you have big aspirations, your ultimate goal may feel a long way off, with years or maybe even decades of hard work between you and your objective. That’s not an encouraging feeling, and can leave you wondering if it’s really all worthwhile. The trick is to learn how to enjoy the smaller triumphs—the stepping stones that take you toward your goal – in their own right.

The progress principle

There’s a helpful theory, developed ...

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