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Dear Anna,

I’m good at setting goals for myself, but I’m bad at sticking to them. Do you have any suggestions that might help?

The good news is that research continues into how people can grow and achieve their goals. One of the most interesting I’ve read recently is the link between famous quotations and willpower.  Selecting a motivating quote from a set turned out to increase short-term willpower and reduce its decline in a study published in Europe’s Journal of Psychology. Build yourself a set of motivation quotes that work for you. One of my favourites is Nelson Mandela’s “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.

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