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Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimon Reynolds

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no daily rituals

When I walk into my local gym I see a huge poster with some of the wisest words ever written: Inspiration gets you started, habit keeps you going.

That is so true! Not just for exercising, but for success in any field at all. Let’s be honest: we’ve all started a project with immense enthusiasm and vigor only to find a few weeks later that we’ve run out of motivation and can hardly bring ourselves to keep working on it. As the Bible puts it, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

For years I used to beat myself up about giving up on cherished projects, until one day I got a bit smarter and started asking myself why this occurred.

I think there are two basic reasons. The first is purely mental: we start linking more ...

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