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Finally Follow Through

20 March 2023 - 47 mins
Podcast Series The Art of Manliness

You get really excited about an idea to start an exercise program, or become a better partner, or get organized. And then you do . . . nothing. Absolutely nothing.

It's said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Even if they don't send you straight to Hades, good intentions, that go unfulfilled, can lead to real suffering. When you fail to act on your perennial plans for progress, you end up feeling frustrated, demoralized, and stuck.

My guest is a clinical psychologist who has spent his career obsessed with how to tackle this stubborn issue of human existence. His name is Steve Levinson, and he's the co-author of Following Through: A Revolutionary New Model for Finishing Wh...

47 mins

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The Shadows Over Men's Hearts and How to Fight Them

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Patton and the Bulge: Blood, Guts, and Prayer

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Embracing the Strive State

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The Dude's Guide to Laundry: How to Save Time, Money, and Your Wardrobe

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How to Get Better at Anything

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Of Strength and Soul — Exploring the Philosophy of Physical Fitness

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