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Put Fire In Your Belly

Stop staring out the window, flipping channels or checking out E! Online. Here's how to get-and stay-motivated.

This story appears in the April 2000 issue of

Some babies seem to come out of the womb with fire in their bellies while others are phlegmatic from the get-go. So if you're looking for ways to fire up, I suppose the best advice is, "Choose the right parents."

But what if you're not naturally driven? I reviewed my career-counseling notes on more than 1,400 clients to find the strategies that have worked best at lighting a fire under these procrastinating, unproductive small-business owners. There's no one size-fits-all cure. Looking back, it's clear that each procrastinator needs a personalized combination of one or more strategies. Here's a smorgasboard to choose from:

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