The Elephant in the Room

It’s impossible to talk about following through without acknowledging the elephant in the room. I mean no offense by this, but the elephant in the room is YOU!

That’s right, you’re the elephant. And you’re also the elephant trainer.

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Daring to Utter the P-Word

Procrastination is waiting until the last minute to do something you know you should do but sure as heck don’t feel like doing. We all procrastinate. Some people are lucky enough, however, to reach the last minute right away. For others, it can take forever for the last minute to come. This article offers a counterintuitive way to end procrastination, by making the last minute come sooner.

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The Paradox of Following Through Better

I have a confession. Although I’ve spent years helping people improve their ability to follow through, I’ve never found a way around this paradox: To follow through a lot, you have to be able to make yourself follow through just a little — just enough to take the first easy step. Sadly, I have yet to figure out how to make someone take that first easy step.

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Take Your Intentions Seriously

As a psychologist who’s spent decades helping people improve their ability to follow through, I’m often asked this question:

“Doc, if you could give people just one piece of advice, what would it be?”

My answer usually goes like this: “Take your intentions seriously.”

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