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Peter Hollins

Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline

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    But take courage for a moment, and for the sake of your personal growth and happiness, consider how your life would be different if you made following through a habit.
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    Action is thus crucial to the execution of your plans and the realization of your goals, for without it, plans remain abstract and goals remain dreams
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    Without self-discipline, you wouldn’t be able to consistently exert effort on something until it’s done, which is what following through is all about.
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    What do you suppose went wrong in Esther’s situation? Did she lack focus? Self-discipline? Action? Persistence?

    If you say she lacked all of the above, you’re pointing to actually just one concept: following through.
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    In fact, we're so talented at delaying work that we could convince others (and even ourselves) that we’re already working even when we’re not.
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    Many of the goals worth aiming for in life call for not just a sprint but a marathon. If your heart is not fit enough to run the length of it, then you will find yourself stopping halfway through and giving up before you reach the finish line.
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    Following through is an intention that’s been translated into action. It is action that will move things in the real world and take you from Point A to Point B—that is, from where you are now to where the fulfillment of your goals lies. It is the visible aspect of following through, the one that’s actually observed, measured, and evaluated against your goals. Action is thus crucial to the execution of your plans and the realization of your goals, for without it, plans remain abstract and goals remain dreams.
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    If you are focused on what you need to do, self-discipline will naturally follow. Likewise, if you are self-disciplined, it will be easier for you to focus on what needs to be done and avoid distractions. Self-discipline, like the spine, keeps you upright so you don’t slump into a mess.
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    See, following through is not just about exerting effort; it’s about exerting effort that’s concentrated on a single goal. With focus, no effort is wasted. What’s followed is a single line of sight, so what’s pursued is the single most direct way toward a goal.
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    What is a mindset? A mindset is a set way of visualizing and approaching situations and problems. Certain mindsets are all it takes to find the will and motivation necessary to follow through on something.
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    Takeaways:

    How do we stay hungry and motivated? By delving deep and really asking what internal and external motivators you have at your disposal—a task that is rarely performed.
    External motivators are when we leverage other people, places, and things to push us into action. For the most part, these are when we want to avoid negative consequences involving other people, places, and things. These methods include accountability partners and groups, putting money down upfront, and self-bribery.
    Internal motivators are when we look at how we stand to benefit and improve our lives. These are universal needs, drives, and desires that are easy to lose track of. The easy way to find these is to answer a set of questions that directly asks things such as how am I going to benefit from this and how does my life stand to improve from this? It’s only through answering these questions that you realize what you are neglecting.
    Anything we want to accomplish has an associated opportunity cost. We must sacrifice, even if we are sacrificing our ability to lie on the couch and watch television. We can deal with this mental obstacle by playing with the cost-benefit ratio so the cost is minimized or the benefit is maximized.
    Motivation has been shown to work best when we are reminded of it—otherwise, out of sight, out of mind. Thus, you should have cues you’re your motivations all around you—but make sure to keep them distinct and memorable, use all five senses (even taste), and make sure to change and switch them periodically to avoid growing used to them and forgetting them.
    Bianca Beltránhar citeretfor 3 måneder siden
    Seeing or hearing their motivators can drive them to maintain motivation. In other words, sometimes the simplest solutions work best: constant reminders will keep you on track because our minds can only fixate on so many things.
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    people are more inclined to follow through if they are exposed to stimuli that remind them of their motivators. Seeing or hearing their motivators can drive them to maintain motivation. In other words, sometimes the simplest solutions work best: constant reminders will keep you on track because our minds can only fixate on so many things.
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    Psychological roadblocks refer to the internal, often unconscious mechanisms in our psyches that act as barriers to following through. Among these mechanisms are (1) laziness and lack of discipline, (2) fear of judgment, rejection, and failure, (3) perfectionism out of insecurity, and (4) lack of self-aware
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    he couldn’t deal with the idea of expectations hanging over her head.
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    start testing the waters.
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    can we circumvent our worst instincts and get things done when we want, without the specter of a deadline over our heads
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    wore on me until I committed myself to finishing it a couple of summers later.
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    the canoe was a damning reminder of my laziness and inability to follow through. I
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    taking hold of your life.
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