Unlike instant coffee, making big changes in our lives takes a lot of time, hard work, and dedication. The internet, newspapers, and magazines are full of advertisements appealing to our desire for quick results, whether it be to get rich, improve concentration, be more likable, or to achieve our dreams. In the same way that no athlete got to the Olympics without training and no linguist learned a language by taking a pill, we are unlikely to achieve our goals without determination, willpower, and discipline. These attributes give us staying power, or the ability to continue to work towards our goals over an extended period of time.
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