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Tip 1: Act As if Failure is Impossible
We only have so many heart beats in our life; stress will snuff you out like a candle, it wears on your body and psyche. It would make sense that evolutionarily, our body would have less momentum under stressful situations to conserve precious energy. Negative thoughts make you less likely to start work- who wants to apply themselves when failure seems inevitable?
Do This: Don't pretend you've already hit success, just work at whatever the day's tasks is as if you won't fail at your ultimate goal. It works!
Tip 2: Work Until You Feel Exhausted Every Single Day. Really, Really, Apply Yourself.
This is the big one. Mental change is important, and so is actually working. Most people are not truly applying 100% of themselves to their goals every single day. Just one hour of hard application is better than a whole day of half-assed effort.
Do This: Write a detailed set of action-steps for every work day and set a timer for accomplishing each one. You may think you're applying yourself but when you really track your time you'll be surprised at how much time was wasted on non-vital tasks, loafing on social media or getting sucked into a show that's supposed to be playing in the background.
Sometimes we need simple, common-sense reminders to get us back on track. These two simple action steps are the big ones you need to get our of the painful inertia slump. Exercise that will power and work as hard as you possibly can and monetary and spiritual rewards will come your way. Truly going the distance is its own reward that can't be beat.
What do you do when work and stress is driving you nuts and you can't go on? Do share in the comments.