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The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
-- Walter Bagehot


Thursday, June 17, 1999


If you want to get someone to do something, you give them an incentive. From salespeople to athletes to wage earners to CEOs to consumers, people naturally respond to incentives in all their many forms. So what do you think would be a good way to for you to get yourself going? Give yourself an incentive!

How do you give yourself an incentive to do something? By focusing on the reasons why you’re doing it, and on all the things you’ll gain from doing it. Visualize clearly and in detail what your actions will accomplish. Keep that vision in front of you.

It is very easy to get distracted by the difficulties and details of getting the work done. So make an effort to constantly keep in mind why you’re doing it in the first place. Give yourself a powerful incentive by maintaining a strong connection between your efforts and the reasons behind them.

You provide incentives to others all the time. Each dollar you spend is an incentive for someone. Every day, incentives compel people to do extraordinary things. Give yourself a big enough incentive, and you can accomplish anything you desire.

— Ralph Marston

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