2 – “I only have to do a little bit of this job.”

23 03 2011

When you have an overwhelmingly large job to do, tell yourself…

“I don’t have to do it all.

In fact, I’ll just work on it for five minutes.

Then I’ll do something more fun, like feed the crocodiles.”

After five minutes you’ll be on a roll and want to keep working on it.  You’ll become so obsessed with your project that you won’t want to stop.  You know how hard it was to get going, and you know that if you stop you might not be able to start again.  So you skip meals, you skip sleep, you don’t go home. But you get that job done.  You have beat it.

That should have got you going.  But maybe it didn’t.  Or maybe it did, but you can’t be fooled twice.  Or maybe you just get bored easily and like variety.

In any of these cases, here are some other self-deceptions that will help make you a winner.


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