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Getting Rid of Yesterday

Getting Rid Of Yesterday: Start Your Day Fresh

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes we start a day with the previous day still in mind. We think about the mistakes we made in the previous day, how things went wrong, and how we felt bad about it. No wonder it becomes difficult to focus on the current day.

And since we cannot fully focus on the day, our performance may drop and things may once again go wrong. This pattern could repeat again and again, where the burden from the previous day is taken to the current day and make it bad, which will then be a burden for the following day. The chain may be hard to break and your overall performance may drop, not to mention the difficulty to have a peaceful mind.

So it's important leave the previous day behind. Always start your new day fresh, without thinking about yesterday. That way you will be able to fully concentrate, do your best, and improve your performance.

Here are some steps you can take that will help you do that:

1. Take time to evaluate your day

At the end of a day, take some time to think about it. Don't wait until the next day. You should finish dealing with your day before the next morning comes.

The purpose of this thinking time is not to regret how bad your day was, how things went wrong, or how people treated you negatively. This won't do you any good to improve your life. Instead, the purpose of this thinking time is to extract lessons which you can bring to the following day.

2. Ask the right questions to extract lessons

To extract lessons, you need to ask the right questions. There are basically two questions you should ask:

1. What have you done well?
There should be some things you have done well. What are they and how did you do them? What can you do to make sure that you can continue doing them well or even better?

2. What have you done wrong?
Usually there are things that do not go as expected. What are they and why did they happen? What can you do to improve yourself and avoid making the same mistakes in the future?

3. Make a commitment to apply the lessons

After you extract the lessons, you should make a commitment to apply them. To do so, find some actionable things you can do to incorporate the lessons you learned into your lifestyle. Next, remind yourself to do them. You may write them down if you want to.

4. "Close" your day

After you have spent time thinking about your day and extracting lessons, make a decision to "close" the day. Think of it as closing the door on a day that's gone. You are done with it; don't think about it anymore. Put that day behind you so you can start the next new day afresh.

Here are some things you should remember to make it easier to "close" a day:

* The day is over; there's nothing you can do about it. You can't change the past no matter how hard you try.

* Instead of thinking about something you can't change, focus instead on the things you can change, and that is the present.

* Getting into the right mindset to focus on what you can change will make it easier to "close" your day.

5. Bring only the lessons to the next day and nothing else

After you "close" a day, you should not bring anything out of it to the next day except the lessons you extract. These lessons deal with things you can do something about. They deal with the present, not the past. Instead of thinking about the past, focus on applying the lessons to the present. That way you will be able to start your day fresh without the burden of yesterday.

Do this often enough, and you'll gradually build a better future for yourself.



All have ability!


I did not believe this once.
I thought that there were but a few who had real ability, and that the rest of us belonged to the mob.
I venture to say that it will be almost impossible to pick out a single person in any large establishment who does not have the ability along some line that could make him outstanding if it were developed.
I am dictating this little article for the ambitious man or woman -not for the man who is too lazy to develop what is in him, but for the man who is unsatisfied with anything but the best.
As I study men and women, I am convinced of this: There are very few who have developed to the limit the possibilities within them.
There is no overdevelopment.
Many people are in the wrong place in life.
They have no gift for the thing they are trying to do.
They are doing it simply to get by.
There is room and a salary waiting for the man who has ability and is willing to put hard work into it.

Choose your work, rather than have the work in which you have no interest, thrust upon you.
Find out what you can do, what you like best to do.
I don't care who you are. I don't care what your handicaps are. They have never made a handicap that could hold any man down who had in him the yeast to rise.
Most of the people who are at the bottom are at the bottom because they will to stay there. That is where they belong.

It is a hard thing to say, but it is true. I am now what I willed to be through all these years.
The first thing to do is to find out what you want. Set your eyes on the goal. Then fight for it. There must be an objective.
When you find that objective, set your compass and sail for that star.





Benefits of chess

The Benefits of Chess Include:

Math Development                               Pattern Recognition

Science Achievement                            Sportsmanship

English Skills                                         Dealing With Undesirable Situations

Communication Abilities                        Learning From Mistakes

Creativity                                              Responsibility for Actions

Concentration                                       Discipline

Logical Reasoning                                 Measurable Individual Accomplishments

Critical Thinking                                    Team Spirit

Memory                                               Commitment

Problem Solving                                   Academic Competition for All

Intellectual Maturity                              Belonging to a Good and Diverse Crowd

Self Esteem                                          Cultural Enrichment

Analyzing Actions & Consequences      Social Skills

Planning Ahead                                     Empathetic Awareness

Complex Decision Making                    Improved Attendance



10 Benefits of Chess regarding Health


Chess is one of the most popular games in world. Chess emerged from southern Europe during the 2nd half of 15th century. It gained popularity to such an extent that nowadays international chess tournaments are conducted i.e. it gained a status of internationally played game.

It is played between two players on a chess boardconsisting of 64 grids arranged in eight columns called "files" and eight rows called "ranks". Chess has long history and detail, but I will not go into the detail and history of chess as this article is about the benefits of chess regarding / with respect to health.

Chess has numerous benefits regarding health. Chess is very momentous specifically for health and therapy related issues for the fact that it is considered as one of the form of Recreational Therapy. Chess keeps mind healthy and healthy minds leads to healthy physique, because mind controls and monitors all the activities of body. Benefits of chess regarding health are mentioned below:

1) Chess helps patients who suffered from stroke and disabilities to recover. Chess develops the fine motor skills of these individuals as chess requires the motion of chess pieces in different directions (forward, backward, diagonally forward motion, diagonally backward motion).

2)Chess optimizes the memory performance, because you will have to remember a lot of stuff to play chess (as the rules of chess are quite complex/ complicated) and in order to gain expertise in chess (tricks and techniques) you have to remember even more. You also need to learn from your previous games and mistakes, in order to be a good player of chess and this really optimizes the memory performance and recalling ability.

3)Chess improves visualization. For example, before implementing a move a player imagines/ visualizes the effect on chess board or game. A player considers different moves or possibilities before playing a move in other words a player visualizes different moves in his mind and selects the best one that adds accuracy and benefit to his game and increases his chances of winning.

4)Pattern recognition is a fundamental quality momentous in chess. You need to recall previous moves and compare it with the current scenario (position) before placing a move since; it is very difficult to recall each and every move as there are thousands of moves and its is almost impossible to recall them at one time therefore your mind search for pattern and similarity in each scenario (position), thus improving pattern recognition.

5)According to recent studies, Chess assist the persons suffering from physical and emotional disability to recover completely.

6)Experiments revealed that, chess leads to improvement in cognitive functioning (as chess improves attention, memory, organization skills and perception). It improves the ability of cognitive-impaired individual to work on issues related to orientation, sensory stimulation and environmental awareness.

7)According to American Therapeutic Recreation Association (2005), the involvement of individual (suffering from spinal cord injury) in recreational activity specifically chess, improves his ability to enjoy life (life satisfaction), make social contacts or interaction and quality to overcome or suppress depression. This leads to decreased loneliness, increased social interaction, improved morale and ability to manage stress efficiently.

8) Chess (as recreational therapy) prevents or reduces non-adaptive or inappropriate behavior (American Therapeutic Recreation 2005).

9)Chess prevents anxiety and depression by encouraging self improvement, improving self esteem and self confidence.

10)Chess improves visual memory and visual perception in addition to this; it improves caution/ attention and awareness.

Chess is extensively healthy activity or game. It should be encouraged to a great extent to ensure a happier and healthier life on planet as it degrades or eliminates disability, inflates growth in various aspects of routine functioning, improves independent functioning and quality of life.





Why to play chess?


Studies carried out in many countries have repeatedly
shown that SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF CHESS leads to
develop in many aspects your personality and help to many children and adults to improve:

-Logical thought
-Eye-brain co-ordination
-Thinking ahead
-Considering alternatives
-Concrete analysis
-Abstract thought
-Long-range planning
-Reading skills
-Responsibility for ones own actions
-Team spirit
-Research skills
-Aesthetic judgement
-Acceptance of success and failure
... and much else besides.

-It also provides opportunities for friendship with likeminded
people (through joining clubs and playing in
tournaments), an outlet for competitive urges, a heritage
dating back hundreds of years and a literature unrivalled in
its breadth and depth.

-It is a game that is played in every country in the world,
and can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, gender,
race or religion.

-Successful players have the chance to travel both
nationally and internationally to take part in matches and


....Chess provides tremendous intellectual
stimulation as well as the opportunity to escape from the
drudgery of everyday life into another world.

Don't believe anyone who tells you chess is boring. It can be
played at any speed from bullet - each player has one
minute to complete the game, to international
correspondence chess, where games can last several years.

And if you haven't witnessed - or experienced - the
excitement of a time scramble, with both players rushing
to complete the game before they run out of time, you
really haven't lived.

Quite simply, chess is the greatest
game in the world. You owe it to your children to give
them the chance to try it out for themselves.