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Finish What You Start: The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline (Live a Disciplined Life Book 2)

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This reinforces the rule and the limitation, which in turn makes it more appealing to follow through, because who likes burpees? The end of the chapter has a summary that was helpful if you're like me and started zoning out towards the end of each one, which I appreciated. This lack of drive is caused by a massive disconnect between three important aspects: (1) what the things we care about represent, (2) the positive benefits we receive from our actions, and (3) the negative consequences we can avoid related to our causes. With the “finishing = learning” mindset, you can keep perfectionism at bay and focus on strengthening your follow through muscles; that allow you to focus, take action, resist distraction and persist.

Or do you happen to be the type of person who has a ton of ideas but rarely follows through on them?Avoiding negative social emotions works well because no one wants to feel shame, guilt, or rejection. When you have a “Finishing Manifesto”, you don’t have to consciously think about what to do when it comes to working on a new project. Persistence us firmly sticking to something for a prolonged period of time, even as we encounter things that try to unstick you. Do all the similar tasks together, one after the other, and then move on to the next batch of similar or related activities. This process can go on in the background so that we don’t even realize that our discipline is lapsing until it’s too late and all of our past efforts have been wasted.

External motivations are mostly about avoiding pain, so figure out what pains you are avoiding or can create for yourself.

Put important tasks on the top three list, rather than urgent, because urgent tasks are rarely significant. Unlike your self-discipline and willpower, a system organizes you and helps you perform your duties without having to push yourself. This makes your first step seem incredibly easy—and taking that first step is the hardest part with procrastination.

It touches many points and it gives practical examples of how to apply them (it doesn't go too deep into the details but it's good enough to get your started). This book goes a long way to helping you get to know yourself, and identifying what (from the selection offered) can move you forward in achieving your goals and objectives. As a list of practical tips and ideas for beating procrastination and following through on your plans, it's a good book to have.

External motivators drive you forward out of fear of something unpleasant, while internal motivators make you feel that reaching your goal is going to give you a big reward and lots of pleasant benefits. During the beginning of a project, you have a surge of inspiration that allows you to focus, take action, resist distraction, and persist. I didn't really connect with the examples, the characters used in the thought experiments clearly have different ambitions in life and mindsets than I have.

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