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How often do you opt for an escalator over a flight of stairs? For many, this ďescalator mentalityĒ isnít confined to getting from one floor to another.
After all, itís tempting to look for a shortcut or an easy way out ó especially when it comes to tough tasks such as reaching a goal weight or eliminating debt. But shortcuts are deceiving. They take a toll on self-discipline and donít always take you where you want to go, warns Rory Vaden, author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. He offers advice on how to reach your goal the right way:
Weigh your decisions. Make it a habit to evaluate them. ďSuccess is often not the result of our major decisions, but more deceptively it is the aggregate sum total of all our small and seemingly insignificant ones,Ē Vaden says.
Allow for change. ďStart small, and as you gain confidence, you can make bigger and bigger verbal commitments,Ē Vaden advises.
Manage your time. Instead of asking yourself ďAm I spending enough time on this activity?Ē you should really be asking, ďWhen is the best time to be focused on this activity?Ē Answering that question will help you prioritize and excel.