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If you want to whip yourself into shape or earn a professional degree, don’t wait until you feel ready, says Robert Leahy, psychologist and author of The Worry Cure. No such time will come.


Commit each day to doing something that you don’t want to do. After all, if your goal is to earn your degree, you’ll have to consistently turn down other bids for your time.

Go-getters, Leahy says, are not always having fun. But they do feel good when they force themselves to do what’s needed.

Embrace “constructive discomfort.” Self-starters reward themselves for keeping up the habit of tackling dreaded tasks, not just for the results.

When you feel hungry and antsy because you can’t partake in Doughnut Friday, like the rest of the office, remind yourself that those are victory signals.

“It’s like when ballet dancers say a workout was good because it hurt good,” Leahy says.

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