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Friday November 6, 2009

     But I need to "feel" like doing................................... Skip the need Whatever you need, you do not have. Take your focus off needing, and start doing, start creating, start being what you seek.  Don't waste your time and energy languishing in a state of need. The moment you have the thought to add something to your life or your world, get busy making it happen. Skip the need and go straight to the achievement. Dive into the effort, and keep making the effort until your objective is reached. Instead of constantly thinking that you need something, experience yourself achieving it. Instead of dwelling in excuses and lamentations, celebrate positive and valuable results. There is nothing that you need to need. That's because you are fully capable of setting goals and of finding effective ways to reach them. So get busy, get going and express life's grand abundance in your own very special way. -- Ralph Marston            Read more:

Recycler CI 9:30pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I love the monkey in the shower threadstarter :) Thanks, vic! :)

This morning at the gym I did cardio, stretching & ab exercises.

At work I did stay on my project list this morning.

I lunchtime I did an errand, then took stuff by the condo.

In the afternoon, I completed other assignments on my project list. At the end of the day I updated my priority list & highlighted for next week.

After work, I brought stuff by the condo. I picked up a book at the library. I tried to take some stuff a couple places, but it didn't work out. I ate something for dinner that wasn't the best for me. I did go to my meeting. At first, no one except me showed up. I was getting ready to leave, but then someone drove in the parking lot, then someone else. So we had 3 people at the meeting. Partly I as on topic, but partly I rambled. I guess I said what I needed to say, but it was not eloquent. Fortunately it's a real casual meeting, so that was ok.

Next: get ready to sleep.

I will be in and out all weekend, so I'm not sure how much I will check in on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

GeorgeSmiley 12:36 PM ; Checkout 4:48 PM

Early this AM I got my day sorted out, pretty much. After a morning out on various errands and family matters, back in to my home office to work for 3 hours or so.

1) Project U cleanup
Smile Done!

2) Project CL
Undecided Didn't get to

3) Project P-01
Undecided Didn't get to

4) Project S2M
Undecided got a little done

Update: But most important I stayed on task with what I did get done and avoided avoidance!


"You know what to do, so do it."

Love that.




Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church (1948-2009)


The Hero's Code:

Show Up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go o

OCz morning ci

Good morning / afternoon everyone... TGIF!

I had such a good day yesterday... not that I did anything special, but I was all day aware of my thoughts and really made an effort to stay possitive, to keep in balance and to do things. And the result is that for most of the day I didn't procrastinate... today's starter is just an affirmation of what happened to me yesterday. the idea is hard: just get to it! but it's true.

Thanks again vic for this message. Even if you are not going through your best moment you can allow yourself to feel joy into knowing that you are such an inspiration to all of us!

I'm working on a task that I don't like to do... I would usually procrastinate hard on it... but I'm not. I' am working in 5 minute laps then when I'm starting to feel "funny" about it I make a stop. I think it's helping me to stop doing the task while the feeling is funny instead of forcing me into it and allowing the funny feeling to turn into anxiety, discomfort, headache. So I stop, I breathe, I go writing a bit in my notebook, just copy some nice quote or a nice idea to help me gather enough balance to set me back to another 5 minute lap. so far it's worked for 4 laps and I'm already at 305 of the task... at this rate I should be done with it in about 1 hour... instead of leaving it there for days or weeks or until my boss comes and wathes over my shoulder while I complete it.

UPDATE: tedious task is now complete! Cool took longer than expected (I still have a huge issue trying to figure out how long time lasts... ie how long a task will take) but overall I'm pleased. At some point the lap and timer trick was no longer needed. I guess it was just a matter of gaining momentum.

Completed online mandatory training due this monday! I was just about to leave it for monday... then excercised some more willpower and managed to finish it before leaving the office! Felt nice!

Have a nice and productive day... have a beautiful life!

8's ci 7:41

start being what u

  • b-fast shake
  • meeting
  • mr doi, r, start that case! send out.check orde
  • call cathy, al mo
  • bike lunch
  • bike
  • walk to office
  • starbucs work
  • dinner
  • check out roof


Spirit 11/04

This has been a frustrating week for me in most areas,  but I have to remember that there is lots for me to do and I can have a great day and a great weekend regardless of where I am right now.

  • declutter my home
  • get financials for bus


CL daily overcoming

WOW so many motivational quotes today and tomorrow. my inner being is on overload.

today's thread starter i believe is true, but it seems to lack rock-bottom utility. ie what if someone reads that and they are just not motivated by it. what do we do when our motivation is at zero. and we can't get that first action that spurs motivation. I dont have an answer either. I haven't found one. My answer is just this: wait on the Lord. Ie there may be nothing *I* can do to restart myself. It might be that it must come from the outside. Friends, family, a song, this forum, god, but when i have 0, maybe there is nothing i can do.

by the eve yesterday i was running out of gas. My joy from the morning had dissipated. i was not at 0 motivation tho, thankfully. i did depend on god for strength to take next steps, tho, and thanks be to god i got my two tasks done. and spent time w/ the family.

9 ex :)
930 thr :)
950 ci :)
955 small next right action :)
1040 was:10 quiet time :D \o/
1110 run - SKIPPED (is there smiley for this ?)
1150 dailies :)
12 work plan :)
1210 work
3pm interrputs (ML)
3:30-45pm turn off capt :)

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

What do you do when your car runs out of gas?

Oh CL! I cannot count how many times have I felt the same!

I must say you have a gift. I'm absolutely sure you can read my mind!

Yes, there are times when I'm out of gas... just unable to move a finger.

I can remember countless of times just sitting in front of my PC, knowing what to do, understanding the consequences of non doing, receiving lots of pressure from the boss and customers and just absolutely UNABLE to do anything about it.

So, what do you think of this? What do you do when your car is out of gas? I can think of three options:

a) Push it to the gas station. But then, you need a lot of strength to move your car to the gas station... maybe if you have a lot of friends who can come and help you push i.e. your fellow PA's, us. So, ask for help! even if that's just asking for prayers from us!

b) Gather a bottle and run to the nearest station, return with it and take your car to the station to get some more. sometimes we're unable to receive help from our friends or family (maybe we're just too proud or too shy to ask for it even when it migth be available). so, maybe going to a special place, or take a walk and pray God for that small bottle of gas needed to reah the station.

c) Make an effort to point your car into a slope and let it run down and gather momentum, then pray for that momentum is enough to get to the station! I followed the link at the bottom of today's starter and found this other article about using momentum from small actions (very in line with the microburst concept but then ut adds a small ingredient: the joy of finding out that "you can do it"

For the sake of the excercise let's assume the gas station is not that far, cause really, emotional gas station is never really far, it just seems to us that it is, specially when we are most desperate. distance is really so relative!

How can I tell it wasn't that far? When, for whatever reasson I have absolutelly no other choice than to tackle the task in front of me and actually do it, most of the times it happens the task wasn't that hard to do... so, I actually didn't needed that much of a gas.

Oh! and remember: when pushing a car, it doesn't help that much to use that "i'm making so much effort" expression in your face... it helps better to laugh about it!

Just a thougth!

ps. sorry about the poor writing... I'm in a hurry so I can't stop much to check grammar and logic!

great out of gas analogies

yeah, often i can't push my car. but bringing a bottle of gas back, wow, i like that. It does mirror the microburst technique.

And calling AAA, i like that one too.

but, i just can't help thinking that, at time, i would sit in the car and wallow, and would not do anything.

That's when my friends (or god) would have to come and bring me some gas :)

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

Out of gas

Nice extended metaphor, OCz!

To add one more option. . . when I'm out of gas, I call AAA, and they come and provide enough gas to get me to the next station.

(For those not in the U.S., that's Automobile Association of America.  You subscribe with them and then you can call on them for help whenever you have a breakdown, flat tire, etc. and they send someone to help.)

I think of this site as my procrastination AAA.  When I can't get going, I check in here and get the little bit of "gas" I need to take the next step.  Smile


Page 449 in the AA Big Book

If I could do what Mr. Motivation said, I would not be here.  It's nice to get info and see what could help or try different tips.

Acceptance- I am grateful that I show up, I was so tempted to shut down today.

Thanks everyone for being here. Vic

re: big book vic

p 449? what section is that, cuz i'm looking at

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

Clem Big Book pg 449 4th ed

from p. 449 of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Big Book of AA

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation--some fact of my life--unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

More on acceptance:not bb

FANTASIES GET REPLACED BY ACCEPTANCE OF REALITYRepeated reliance upon emotional attitudes creates a habit pattern of thinking. (see pg 68). One which produces a childish demand to be "right", and includes automatic rejection of new or different ideas. "The Great Reality" is a reasonable synonym and concept for the word "God". (pg 55). Unhappily for some, any personal efforts to defend erroneous beliefs eventually yield to the Ultimate Reality of life, on life’s terms. For others, it can be a welcomed opportunity to "trade up" to something better. (i.e.: "God’s will" - see pg 133).By seeking an expanded awareness of reality (syn: "God"- pg 60(c)) it is possible to experience relief from problems caused by erroneous beliefs. This occurs by improving a conscious understanding of how to relate to that Ultimate Reality (see Step 11). All that is required is to place a demand upon ones own mind for an enlarged awareness of the truth (syn: "God"). If this is a dominant desire (syn: "prayer") it is possible to "let go of old ideas". (pg 58). By that personal choice an alcoholic can change beliefs which had previously been guiding forces in their life. (pg 27). There was a time, for this author, when that equality and freedom of choice seemed impossible. However, with new knowledge of reality, that personal belief system was changed.


Journey 9:30 at least it's friday

Feeling kinda bad this morning about some stuff that happened yesterday, and I need to put it behind me and move forward:

1) coworker snapped at me (via email) because I asked a dumb question.  It was indeed a dumb question, but still I have the right to ask it and get a courteous answer.  He's wound pretty tight and has been in a bad mood lately, so I need to mark that as HIS problem and move on.

2) we had a fire drill yesterday and I'm the floor fire warden.  Normally these things are planned way in advance, and I have plenty of time to warn everyone.  But this time, it was planned last minute and I only found out about it Wednesday afternooon.  Being super busy with Project E, I forgot/didn't have time to warn everyone.  Another co-worker, who has health problems, thought it was real and walked down 16 flights of stairs.  He had to go home sick after.   When the alarm went off, I went around to everyone's office to check on them and tell them it was a drill, but too late, this guy had already left.  It is not technically my fault, but I feel guilty - I should have warned him.   I'll apologize to him today, and then there's nothing else to do but try to remember to warn him the next time.

Writing those things down makes them feel a little lighter, thanks for being here so I can share my neurotic obsessions with you lol.!  The first item is silly and I'll just forget about it, the second item there's nothing I can do but say sorry and try to do  better next time.  Actually, the next time we have a fire drill we will have moved to the new building and I will not volunteer for this duty.  I've done it four years now, it's someone else's turn! 

Wow, amazing how much better I feel now.   Better get to work!  I exercised at home this morning, and I've read email and checked my calendar.  Now I need to get the todo list done and starting checkin' off stuff.


"The world is my classroom, each day is a new lesson, and every person I meet is my teacher" - Craig Harper

*Hugs Journey*

Hope today is going well, Journey ^_^ Thinking of you!

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

thanks Edge!

I had lunch with a group from work including the fire drill victim, he's feeling much better, and I apologized so now I'm feeling much better!


"The world is my classroom, each day is a new lesson, and every person I meet is my teacher" - Craig Harper

Lol, Journey :D

Glad to hear it ^_^v

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

kromer 7:55 CI

Today I'm finishing up prep for mtg w/ my advisor.

Specifically, what I want to do is:
Analyze RT results
Read 1 paper on RA biosensor
(If time) do a quick GSEA run on 1st wave data
Slide on GSEA results (actually, I think these aren't that interesting, so I'll skip this)
Notes on possible ways to use TE's method

Status update

Then I have mtg 2-3ish. After the mtg I'll take notes on what was discussed

Today I also have to shop and cook dinner for church youth group

And I need to:
*Do laundry
*Start a big copyediting job for a labmate

All right, now I'm going to go grocery shopping, then I'll head to lab w/ my groceries. When I get to lab, I'll start by analyzing my RT data, then I'll do status update, then I'll try and finish up my quick GSEA runs and make a slide or two on the results.

Edge's CI - 3:33pm

Thanks for the thread started, Vic :*

Going to tad a bit more procrastination on this site before I get up and do what I need to do. I'm giving myself 10 more minutes.

x get dressed
- 4pm med
- hmed 1
- bmed 2
- clean room
- study
- fh: eb/m

Feeling intimidated by my tasks, even though they're not much. Every little thing is making me want to procrastinate, but I'm just going to grit my teeth and do it regardless of whether I feel ready or not.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 4:58pm

Feeling anxious every time I think about studying because I've let things pile up. Will focus on one subject now and will get to the others tomorrow. Also need to speak to my tutor because I missed one class and am not sure when my deadlines are >_< blah.

x get dressed
x 4pm med
x hmed 1
x bmed 2
x clean room
x kitty litter
- shower
- study
x fh: eb
- fh: m
- bmed 3

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 6:05pm

Huzzah! Did some studying today and class preparation! Going to get into the shower then see to my other to-dos. Hope everyone is doing alright :) Don't get disheartened if things aren't going your way though! *hugs to all*

x get dressed
x 4pm med
x hmed 1
x bmed 2
x clean room
x kitty litter
- shower
x study (finish summarizing uni 1 and read uni 4)
x fh: eb
- fh: m
- bmed 3

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 7:06pm

Finished my to-do. The "start when you're not ready" rule really helped. Going to do my own fun stuff now.

x get dressed
x 4pm med
x hmed 1
x bmed 2
x clean room
x kitty litter
x shower
x study (finish summarizing uni 1 and read uni 4)
x fh: eb
x fh: m
x bmed 3

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

You do deserve some fun Edge!

Have tons of fun!

I also pray so that you find fun in studying... since that's currently so hard for you!

have you tried MindMaps? I highly recommend it for studying! just google it!

Hugs, OCz

Thanks OCz!

Good idea, hadn't thought of the mindmaps :D

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Vic 11/6

 Show up (done),(even though I do not "feel" like it)

To create your own powerful, personal motivation, set yourself up to do two things that come naturally. Move away from pain and move toward pleasure.R. Marston

1. showed up 2. walk and listen to self help tapes, did not walk yesterday, it does affect my mood, have a dental issue, do not "feel" like calling dentist.or anything else.

re: Marston

Vic, I love the starter and I like Marston's motivational articles.  The one that sticks in mind is:  "You know what to do, so do it."  That seems a little harsh but I reckon it is true!


"The world is my classroom, each day is a new lesson, and every person I meet is my teacher" - Craig Harper