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Achieving long-term goals takes persistence, which often means you need to delay short-term gratification. How can you learn to say “no” to immediate rewards if they conflict with your bigger plans?

We all have multiple goals that we seek to fulfill, and which give us the feeling of being successful. Unfortunately, many distractions can cause us to focus on short-term good feelings (“I want to buy a new car”) rather than on the longer-term goal (“I want to pay off my student loans so I can save more and buy a house”). The feelings triggered by the desire to fulfill both the short-term desire (driving a nice car) and the long-term desire (getting ...

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