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Resolution 2006

By closely examining Myself, I found that I am a big-time Procrastinator.

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
I suppose Don Marquis was just trying to be cute, but who wants to live their lives in the past?

We should always live in the present.

Sure, positive memories can be good for the soul. And it is wonderful to look forward to the future.

But our life is now, no matter how much we procrastinate, so let's live it now.

Today.

This very minute.

Positive Quote Of The Day!

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power. -- Lord Alfred Tennyson

Merry Christmas!

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The Winning Edge - By: Peter Doskoch

Peter Doskoch is a science writer based in New Jersey, and he is the former executive editor of Psychology Today.

In the summer of 1994, in the tallest of Princeton University's ivory towers, Andrew Wiles was completing one of the most extraordinary odysseys in the history of math. For more than three decades, Wiles had been obsessed with Fermat's Last Theorem, a seemingly simple problem that had stumped mathematicians for 350 years. French mathematician Pierre de Fermat had noted that although there are plenty of solutions to the equation X^2 + Y^2 = Z^2 (for example, 32 + 42 = 52), there is no corresponding solution if the numbers are cubed instead of squared. In fact, Fermat scribbled in the margin of a book that he had "truly marvelous" proof that the equation X^n + Y^n = Z^n has no solution if n is any number greater than 2. Unfortunately, he never put his proof on paper.

Wiles was 10 years old when he encountered the theorem. "It looked so simple, and yet al…

Are You a Procrastinator?

We have to start with the definition of procrastination. In general, procrastination is the gap between intention and action. You wake up with the intention to write a report. But for some reason it is aversive, and you keep putting it off. A key point--procrastination involves actively putting something off, not just letting something slide in front of it from a too-long to-do list.
Only you can tell whether you are a procrastinator. It usually involves some negative feeling when you put off a task, like anxiety or guilt.

If you think of procrastination as a trait, then we all have a certain amount within us. It's related to conscientiousness, your sense of orderliness, of dutifulness. People who are low on the trait of conscientiousness also tend to be procrastinators. But for most of us, the "procrastinating" that we do is not problematic. Most likely, we are unduly beating ourselves up for being procrastinators when the real problem is that we live in a world that is l…

Is the To-Do List Doing You In?

Many days seem to bring an endless barrage of tasks and responsibilities, all of which apparently must be tackled right away. You spend the day putting out fires, but by the end of the day you haven't accomplished any of the really important things you set out to do.

In desperation, you draft a to-do list — but most days, you can make little progress with it. When you look at the list each morning, a big fat cloud of doom is right at the top — those difficult, complex, important tasks that are so crucial to get done — and so easy to avoid.

Plenty of us create a to-do list to address feelings of being overwhelmed, but we rarely use these tools to their best effect. They wind up being guilt-provoking reminders of the fact that we're overcommitted and losing control of our priorities.

Is there a better way to use the to-do list? Experts on procrastination and efficiency say yes.
There's a right way and a wrong way to do a "to-do." According to procrastination researc…

Shivers

Ever wonder what a shiver is?
If your body temperature starts falling, one way to heat it up is to get your muscles moving, and if you won't do it by jumping or running, your body will kick-start them in a more desperate fashion.

Ever wonder what anxiety is?
If your life fails to inspire, one way to get things going is to go out and do something, and if you won't do it by embracing new risks, will kick-start it in a more desperate fashion.

Kick-start your life yourself, before your mind does it for you.

Memories

When you lose all hope, when things seem bleakest, when life seems like it can't scratch you up any more, there is one thing you can always reach for.

Memories of things that did work well. Memories of times you loved. Memories of beauty you have seen or felt. Memories allow you to feel joy in the midst of sorrow. Memories allow you to feel a hug when you are alone. Memories allow you to smell a rose, even when the snow is two feet deep.

Pull out some memories today, and relive the best that life has to offer (so far).

Motivational Quotes of the Day!

There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.
-Stephen R. Covey, American Speaker/Trainer/Author of "The 7 Habits ofHighly Effective People"

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was hëre first.
- Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American Writer andHumorist