Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quotes for Today

I came back form the German Club very angry of my self, blaming myself for being the queen of procrastination because of my constant delay in writing my PhD. I actually can't provide a reasonable excuse for myself if being asked of why I am NOT writing/researching! I believe that I CAN defeat any challenges, jump over stones, smash obstacles ( and what a lot we have these days!) My supervisor thinks I am almost done. I can't tell him that I can't finish chapter one.Why? I don't know. It's because I am the greatest procrastinator. Few minutes ago, I stumbled upon these quotes.They just came in the right time to touch my nerves.I wish I will not be a PhD withdrawal. Any moral back up out there??

"Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count."

"You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete."

"Act as if you have already achieved your goal and it is yours."

"If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?"

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change."

"Overcoming fear and worry can be accomplished by living a day at a time or even a moment at a time. Your worries will be cut down to nothing."

Dr.Robert Anthony


Cristina Costa said...

you asked: Any moral back up out there??

I say: all of the world. What's the superlative of queen of procrastination? is there one, because if there is, I am that!!!
Anything is always better than writing the diss - I am still looking for the research questions - nothing seems to please me - I am also getting angry at myself. I am sure I have driving my supervisor nuts too.
I am confused - I don't think I will ever overcome this challenge .. there are days I feel defeated, useless, with no value... Others make it seem to easy.
Now... I know this is now really what you wanted to hear. But my friend, we are in the same boat - this PhD journey is tough, but I want to believe we will get to the end of this tour (as part of our learning journey). As for a fact, I know you will. I hope to follow you too.
Tight hug

Hala said...

My dearest Cris,
Do you imagine how fabulous is it to start a day with the above words of yours?
I didn't know you still read my blog. It's been long since I posted something worth replying to, I know.
I wish from the bottom of my heart to get there one day, together!
I love like a sister,Cris!
Your words made my "life"!

Nina Liakos said...

I feel your pain. This is one reason I never tried to get a Ph.D. I am a bad student. (I hope I am a better teacher than I am a student.) It's nothing to do with intelligence, but I just hate to study!

I have read about writers who make themselves get up and do their writing every morning. With small children and a job to go to, this may not be a solution for you. But if you are destined to get this Ph.D., I am sure that a solution is out there. Focusing on small, achievable intermediate steps (a paragraph? a section of a chapter?), rather than on the distant goal of the whole dissertation, will probably help you to feel less overwhelmed by the task ahead of you.

Hugs from Maryland,


Hala said...

My dearest Nina,
Thank you so much for dropping by and for the comforting words!
Although I love to study very much and I have no problem in taking courses and setting up to exam challenges, but with writing ,no!
I believe this is a result of our education system here in Sudan. We are not born writers and the system encourages memorization and easy access to information or knowledge.
I had success in writing a chapter( not seen light yet) , but this was under pressure from Vance ( thanks Vance!). But this PhD is different.
Maybe you right, I have to do it section by section, no matter how long it takes!!LOL
Sorry for the late response.

Natasa said...

Hi Hala,
I started writing a diss, then had a baby, then stopped. Eight years later I still haven't given up on my dream of finishing it (though I am not actually doing anything in order to start again).
Just don't give up.