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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Do you ever find yourself procrastinating? Just can't get motivated to do whatever it is that you need to do to get what you really want? I know I do!! Well, procrastination doesn't mean you're lazy - it means you are more MOTIVATED to do something else. If you look at it that way, you're behavior is ALWAYS motivated by something. It could be motivated by dread, or fear, or fatigue, OR HOPEFULLY Passion, Joy, and Excitement. Notice that when you're motivated by what you WANT you move in a productive direction, whereas when you are motivated by what you DON'T WANT you tend to stay inert in life, or move backwards.

So what is motivating you?

All Things Possible!


  • At 7:28 PM, August 24, 2005 , Blogger Linds said...

    I haven't been motivated to pack for a job on the other side of the country. Finally this afternoon when everything was as set in stone as it's going to get, I was motivated to pack. I LOVE doing what I'm going to be doing (interviewing a music group for a website I write for), and I LOVE the girls I'm going to be talking to, so I'm now excited.
    As mentioned before, I am learning to walk. I'm motivated in PT to do things as well as I possibly can, so that walking will come easier with time.
    Lastly, I'm motivated by aggravation to get the guy who hit my car to pay for the damages! *L*

  • At 6:56 AM, August 25, 2005 , Blogger Marshall said...

    Did I ever find myself procrastinating? Heavens that's my chief motivation--what can I procrastinate about today?
    Where would I be without that? Somewhere I suppose.
    Which means I must be nowhere. Right?
    And sitting in nowhere with nothing to do, I can't think of anything I'd rather be sitting in nowhere doing than looking at your fabulous smile.
    You are one serious knockout! Love your site and remember that in certain times and places, procrastinating is simply being careful--which in certain times and places can be quite wise. As a writer who has been only very remotely connected with people in the entertainment industry, I've still seen enough to know that it is filled with people I would certainly "procrastinate" about before I got any closer to. You take care, Marshall

  • At 6:34 AM, August 26, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Thank you both! Linds, good for you for making the best of a trying situation with the car. Marshall - thanks for your comments and welcome to the forum! You're right about the entertainment industry. Good Luck with the writing!

    I recently read a great thought on procrastination. Whenever you feel like procrastinating, procrastinate procrastination! Put off putting it off! I love it!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 7:48 PM, August 27, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm taking a chance here, but hoping for some thoughts from anyone in Chris' web community on music. Chris' question for this week is about motivation. Music is something that can motivate us in a variety of ways. I'm wondering if anyone who's reading this might have a suggestion for a CD they think would make a great gift and healing tool for someone in the hospital. My brother-in-law is in a rehab hospital recovering from a stroke he suffered a week ago. I'm looking for music that would inspire and motivate his rehabilitation and recovery. If anyone has a favorite CD that has helped them, or that they would give someone in these circumstances -- to inspire and motivate them and keep them in an upbeat, positive, "all things possible" frame of mind, I'd welcome any ideas. Since this is an entertainment industry oriented website, I'm thinking most everyone who posts is probably interested in music, as well. My brother-in-law is in his early 60s, is active in outdoor sports and actually was water skiing when this happened. Now he needs motivation to do the physical therapy necessary for recovery. I'm just beginning to learn about the benefits of music therapy, so welcome any thoughts or experiences from anyone out there. Sincerely, MBP

  • At 5:18 AM, August 28, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    MBP, you are being a good friend and brother-in-law in your attempt to find a musical method for motivation. There are a number of things to consider.

    Firstly, what type of music does your brother-in-law like? If he does not appreciate the music you or someone else suggests for him, he may not take the time to listen to the music and reap the benefits.

    Secondly, different types of music motivate people in different ways. For someone who is active in sports, any of the Olympic soundtracks by John Williams are usually good--especially the soundtrack from the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. If he is in to classical music, any of the grand marches would be good.

    If he is a broadway kind of guy, he would appreciate a collection of any of the "rags to riches" or "poor person becomes successful" soundtracks.

    And if international mood music may motivate him, anything by Buddha Bar would be great. These collected songs are a blend of old/new with an upbeat, modern mix of instruments and environmental sounds.

    Good luck and thank you for being a good person to others.

    Maybe Chris's marketing folks can send motivational picutres with "All Things Possible" and Chris's signature to those who would benefit by his message.

    Have a good day, and enjoy the minute!

  • At 11:40 PM, August 28, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Welcome Patrick!! Great musical suggestions. I'd like to add some of my most inspired moments come from movie soundtracks of movies that have moved me. Great soundtracks include ROCKY, CHARRIOTS OF FIRE, CINDERELLA MAN or anything from Thomas Newman, and STAR WARS or any of the collection of John Williams.

    And Patrick is right, you are a wonderful friend, MPB! Good Luck!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 5:05 AM, August 29, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks Patrick and Chris...

    Patrick, thank you for taking the time to send your thoughtful suggestions. Much appreciated, and good points to consider in selecting motivational music.
    And Chris, of course we KNOW you would pick movie music soundtracks! Thanks for these ideas, too. I liked Patrick's idea about the motivational greetings by C.S. What a great concept! MBP

  • At 2:25 PM, August 29, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow, sometimes the impact of a a friend's words just hits you like a ton of bricks. In the past I have often,DAILY procrastinated about exercising, even though I am seriously over weight. I knew I was procrastinating, but I never really looked at it as a way of ACTIVELY CHOOSING to stay overweight. I do not want to be motivated by dread or fatigue. I am going to choose PASSION & JOY instead--thank you Chris!

    MBP, your brother in law is blessed to have you in his life. I hope the music therapy is going well. I too love the music of John Williams and would add some dramtic opera to the list as well, like Bizet's CARMEN or anything by Mozart.

    Another audio about going around and recording some natural sounds that would have special meaning to your brother in law? Like the sounds of nature from his favorite park or hiking area, children laughing or playing in a local playground, set up the recorder at a rowdy family dinner with everyone telling stories, a church service perhaps, a nephew telling a joke, uplifting messages from friends, neighbors, co-workers and family...just a thought.

    Peace to us all!
    Love, Shannon

  • At 8:17 PM, August 30, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you to Shannon for your posting about healing music. I especially enjoyed your thoughts on recording familiar sounds. That's a wonderful idea. I really appreciate everyone sharing their insight on my request. It's amazing how someone else's thoughts can touch us. I'm thankful to Chris for providing this forum...and nurturing such a great web community. Many blessings...ATP, MBP

  • At 9:15 AM, August 31, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mozart's always good for this sort of thing: Mozart uniquely follows the patterns of human speech and thought. Nozze di Figaro, or any of the instrumentals. Piano concerti, music for flute and harp--there's a lot! Good luck!


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