The secret to affecting major personal change is limiting your efforts to one problem at a time, Peter Bregman writes. Focusing on a single problem isn't just easier, he writes, it tends to be more effective than a sweeping overhaul. When a person wants to change their life, they often go overboard, focus on too many areas, become frustrated and give up, he notes. "If you're going to work on a weakness, never choose more than one," he writes.

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