Month: September 2016

When Procrastination Can Be a Real Problem

Procrastination

You think you’re a bad procrastinator. You haven’t met me yet! I’m pretty sure I have you all beat in the procrastination department, for while many people find ways to procrastinate at certain aspects of their life and work – for example, they might wait too long to do an assignment, write a paper, or write up their taxes – I did something far worse.

I procrastinated at life itself.

What do I mean with that? I mean that I was waiting for something, I was hoping for something to happen. And while it didn’t happen, I chose to ignore all the other options available. They weren’t good enough. I was waiting for my golden ticket and I couldn’t very well choose those other options that life kept throwing on my path, just in case they’d keep me from missing that golden opportunity when it did come along.

A parable

It’s a bit like that joke about the deeply religious man who had a ship crash and was in the ocean. He’s paddling along when along comes a boat. The captain yells, ‘climb aboard!’ The religious man yells back, ‘no, no, god will save me.’ Nonplussed the captain shrugs and sails off. Along comes a water plane. ‘Climb aboard!’ they yell to him. ‘No, no, god will save me.’ Says the man. The pilot shrugs and flies off.

Finally, there is a helicopter. They throw down a rope and yell, ‘Grab hold, we’ll pull you up!’ ‘No, no, the man says again, ‘god will save me.’ The helicopter leaves and the man have left in the water. No more people come and eventually he drowns. He arrives in heaven and meets god.

‘Why didn’t you save me?’ he asks. ‘What do you mean?’ God asks, ‘I sent a boat, a plane, and a helicopter!’

What was I waiting for?

I don’t know. It was something. And I knew I didn’t have it because I was deeply unhappy and certain that something was missing from my life. I could just work at home more than at the office. Every day I went through the motions of living, but it all felt like a sham – because I was meant for better things than this. Life owed me more than this. Other people, less smart, less attractive, less gifted, were doing better than I was. So where was my opportunity?

I really thought that. Crazy, no? Because what I realize now, without a doubt is that I was the stupid one. I was the ugly one. I was the one squandering whatever gift I did have because I wasn’t actually doing anything with it.

The world doesn’t owe you anything

I think my biggest problem, for the longest time, was the sense of entitlement that I had. And because I felt entitled, because I felt the world owed me something, I didn’t actually go out there and take anything. I didn’t take my chances, I didn’t take up the opportunities that came along, and I didn’t take the time to try my hardest to make more of what I had been given.

I think a lot of western people have that problem now. It’s not yet so bad in other countries. There they still don’t feel that they’re owed anything and for that reason area willing to try hard and put in the effort that they need to to get ahead. It doesn’t seem to work that way for many kids born in the west, however.

They somehow get the idea from the world around them that they are special. And that feeling of specialness makes them assume that they’ll be treated in some special way. Then, when that doesn’t happen, because we’re only as special as we make ourselves, they get angry, frustrated, and envious of those who do manage to get ahead. Even though often those people do so only through their willingness to roll up their sleeves and try (and fail).

The realization set in

Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t special and that the world didn’t owe me anything. It sunk me into a deep depression. How could it not? It struck down the foundation of my mental structure and made me realize that I’d built my whole existence out of air castles.

The truth is, it took me several years to rebuild myself after that. Only after I’d done that could I really start embracing the opportunities that life was willing to throw my way? I grew wiser, I started to work harder, to do a more writing and I decided to make something of myself (rather than assume I was something already).

Now I’m doing okay. And obviously I wouldn’t take any of it back because we’re the sum of our experiences, and therefore if I did change anything, then I’d change who I am, what I’ve learned and where I’ve ended up. I wouldn’t want to do that because today I’m happy with who I am. But still, I do hope others don’t have to go through that same ordeal.

Solving the Procrastination problem

Don’t fall into the same trap I did. Don’t wait for the world to show you the way. That’s a real procrastination problem. That’s not how it works. You have to find your own way. You have to roll up your sleeves, put in the time and learn the skills. You have to go out and search for the opportunities.

And you should never assume that something better will simply come along. It might. It might not. It doesn’t matter. Take what you’ve got until it does or doesn’t. Life isn’t about waiting. It’s about living. We’d all do a lot better if we managed to remember that a little more often.

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The Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHR)

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The Benefits of Electronic Health Records (ELH)

The healthcare system becomes more and more efficient worldwide with the implementation of the ELH, meaning the Electronic Health Records.

There are many benefits for implementing the ELH and for more guidance, we have created a list of 12 resources to explain the benefits of the Electronic Health Records:

  1. Romesoft: EMR/EHR Development. What You Need to Know?
  2. EHR adoption rates: 19 must-see stats. Here you will find information about: support for EHR adoption, EHR adoption rates, EHR Adoption Rates 2012-2016, meaningful Use achievement, EHR costs, EHR vendors
  3. EHR Impacts for Physician Practices
  4. Administrative work consumes one-sixth of U.S. physicians’ time and erodes their morale, researchers say
  5. Electronic prescribing
  6. Dr. Smith Talks About How EHRs Aids in Work Life Balance
  7. The economics of health care quality and medical errors.
  8. Effect of Electronic Health Records on Health Care Costs: Longitudinal Comparative Evidence From Community Practices
  9. Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs
  10. Health IT Summaries
  11. Inviting Patients to Read Their Doctors’ Notes: A Quasi-experimental Study and a Look Ahead
  12. How Patient Portals Can Produce Revenue Cycle Benefits

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Quote Crush for Light

Quote Crush for Light

Quote Crush for the positive word LIGHT

We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.” – Ernest Hemingway

I also have a crush for these quotes from Rumi:

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”

“Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.”

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I Am Enough ~ pictures

I AM ENOUGH

These pictures with the positive word “I AM ENOUGH” were taken on 24 September 2016 on a sunny day in a lovely park.

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Earthing In Pictures

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These pictures with the positive word “EARTHING” were taken on 24 September 2016 on a sunny day in a lovely park.

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Awakened In Pictures

Awakened

These pictures with the positive word “AWAKENED” were taken on 24 September 2016 on a sunny day in a lovely park.

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You are Enough In Pictures

You are Enough

These pictures affirming this powerful statement “YOU ARE ENOUGH” were taken during the sunny day of 24 September 2016 in a lovely park!

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This Week’s Positive Word is BUBBLY

B is for Bubbly

B IS FOR … BUBBLY

By Victoria J.Brown

Link to www.victoria-brown.com

How bubbly would you say you are?

If someone was describing you to another person, would they say …

 OR … would they say …

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When faced with problems, how do you deal with them? Is every problem in your life due to your constant bad luck? Or do you see these things as ‘just life’; little bumps in the journey of life?

You see, those who ooze a bubbly personality may not have the perfect life, but that doesn’t affect the way they treat themselves or others.

B is for Bubbly

A situation may be occurring that you feel is completely negative in your life, but try looking at it from a different angle.

Ask yourself, ‘Why is this happening to me?’

I don’t mean, ‘WHY? WHY? WHY ME??!!’ As you scream to the heavens.

 I mean, ask yourself, ‘What am I learning from this situation?’ ‘Why does this need to happen to me?’ ‘What will I discover?’

Tell yourself you can gain something from this.

Write down 5 things you will gain from going through a certain experience.

B is for Bubbly

Once you start looking for the positive in any adverse situation you are going through, you will feel a cloud being lifted.

A bubbly and lovable person sees the good in life … always!

B is for Bubbly

Still finding it hard to just simply be happy, let alone bubbly?

Here’s 5 tips on how to be bubbly

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In Case No One Told You Today

you-are-beautiful

In case no one told you today: You are beautiful. You are loved. You are needed. You are alive for a reason. You are stronger than you think. You are gonna get through this. I am glad you are alive. Don’t give up.

Type “YES” if you agree

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IKIGAI definition – meaning | Dictionary Positive Words

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IKIGAI

~ the meaning of the positive word ikigai ~

IKIGAI is a Japanese for “reason for living.” Also known as a “raison d’être”. It’s the passion that brings meaning to life.

What’s your IKIGAI? Share below.

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