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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.

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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.

 

DR. E.W. KENYON
(1867-1948)

 

 

CUÁL ES EL SECRETO PARA LLEGAR A SER CAMPEÓN DE AJEDREZ?

Uno sólo: y está contenido en el lema de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas: "trabajo, trabajo y más trabajo".

Y saben ustedes ¿por qué hay tan pocos campeones?

Porque el 95% de los ajedrecistas carecen de la determinación de poner en práctica sus capacidades ociosas. Esa tremenda mayoría se asienta rápidamente en el fondo de la mediocridad y le echa la culpa de sus pobres actuaciones en torneos a la mala suerte, mientras que el otro 5%, el de los campeones, continúa progresando hacia estratos superiores.

Es un fenómeno común que el ajedrecista que piensa en llegar a la cumbre se desanima cuando encuentra que la tarea no es fácil. Y que pese a todo lo que estudia y practica, se desalienta cuando los resultados en los torneos no le favorecen.

Aparte de persistir con entusiasmo en el trabajo de preparación teórica y técnica, debemos saber utilizar sabiamente ese poder de elección del cual estamos dotados los seres humanos. Entre muchos otros poderes tenemos el poder de pensar, de imaginar, de reír y de crear.

Frente a una derrota tenemos dos alternativas:

1a.) Deprimirnos, maldecir, ponernos tristes, dejar que el pesimismo se apodere de nosotros hasta el punto de no dormir, caer en la autocompasión, buscar pretextos, excusas y razones para justificarnos.

2a.) Aprender de la derrota, analizar donde estuvo mi fallo (ver "Auto análisis de una Partida de Ajedrez"), y prepararme con entusiasmo y compromiso para la próxima confrontación.

¿Cuál de estas dos actitudes es la correcta?

Y, sin embargo, ¿Cuál es la que comúnmente adoptamos?.

En esto radica justamente el utilizar sabiamente nuestro poder de elección. Porque soy YO y nadie más quien elige como debo sentirme y actuar en cada circunstancia.

Recuerda que Alekhine cuando perdía una partida de torneo, en la próxima ronda hacía un premio de brillantez.

Entre los aspectos negativos debemos desechar la pereza en el estudio y la preparación. El menosprecio hacia el estudio de la teoría sobre la técnica del ajedrez es en realidad un mecanismo de justificación de la pereza y mediocridad.

Si un jugador ha estudiado dos capítulos de diez en un libro de técnica de finales, sus recursos se reducen al 20% del tema central y sus resultados prácticos en finales será justamente de ese porcentaje. Si quiere mejorar su ubicación en futuros torneos debe estudiar más.

   
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