Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Do You Beat Frustration or Does It Break You?

Filed under: Motivation — by at 11:47 pm on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Woman screaming and pulling her hair
(Photo credit: Ralaenin)

It has been one of those weeks!

Since releasing my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself last December, I’ve also wanted to offer an electronic version, an ebook, to reach more readers. Sounds simple enough. Many people are selling ebooks; some are making a sizeable income by selling them

The first step was to learn how to create accessible PDFs (portable document format – a common file format of ebooks). I finally had time to learn this while I was preparing a web accessibility training session for a local municipal government in June. Step one done, finally!

The next step was to figure out how to make it downloadable via PayPal. I had done some research, but didn’t have a clear, step-by-step process in mind. It appears many people are selling ebooks, but aren’t revealing the necessary steps; at least, not for free that I had found yet.

My goal was to have the ebook available for sale this week, in time for kicking off my Summer Sojourn virtual book tour on Monday. It is now Thursday night, the ebook is not yet available online and I am running low on chocolate!

Frustration : a deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs

Deep dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems – that pretty much covers it! But, the real question is: how will I cope with this frustration?

With a low frustration tolerance, some people give up when facing discomfort and struggle. Their frustration leads to lethargy, a lack of discipline, helplessness and hopelessness, and they focus on short-term discomfort rather than on long-term goals and rewards. Whereas, other individuals with patience and tolerance will persevere through their frustration and solve their problems. How do they deal with their frustration?

Techniques for dealing with frustration:

  1. Repeat affirmations, like “Even though I dislike frustration, I can survive it.” (More frustration-tolerant affirmations
  2. Break task into smaller goals and then reward yourself.Chocolate works for me!
  3. Take breaks to recover energy and to gain a new insight or perspective. Surprising how many brilliant ideas strike while I’m in the shower!
  4. Ask for help!
  5. Release your emotions through exercise, deep breathing, talking with friend or, my personal favourite, watching a sappy movie. For some unexplainable reason, this video of the adult lion reuniting with her human caretakers did it for me this week. (Does anyone know if this is Elsa, on which the movie Born Free was based?)
  6. Tomorrow I will take another look at the pieces and figure out how they go together. The ebook may not be available when I had hoped, but it will be available soon!

    All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is to — act as if it were impossible to fail.
    ~Dorothea Brande

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Sharing Good Summer Books at the Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by at 3:59 pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Café by the lake
(Photo credit: Ross McGregor)

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Tonight we’re at a café situated on Lake Maggiore on the border of Switzerland and Italy.

Come on in and help yourself to a beverage of your choice. Then sit back, enjoy the summer evening and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Hit your vacation browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Nothing goes with summer better than reading a good book, whether it is while sitting on the beach, slathered in sunscreen, or sitting under a shady tree with a cool drink close at hand, or, my favourite, propped up in bed with a cool breeze gently blowing in the window. What could be more lazy and luxurious?

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~ Joseph Addison

Today’s question is:

What are you reading this summer? (Or, if you prefer your books as moving pictures, what movie did you see this summer that particularly touched you?) Why would you recommend it to someone else?

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The Secret to the Pursuit of Happiness

Filed under: Blogging — by at 7:55 pm on Thursday, August 9, 2007

Darrell and I recently joined the millions who have watched The Secret and The Pursuit of Happyness. I would highly recommend both movies if you’re seeking motivation to take your life to the next level. However, although The Secret was intriguing, we both felt it was missing or glossing over the details. Parts were a little too good to believe (at the moment).

The Pursuit of Happyness showed the dirt and grit along the journey that The Secret lacked. Here are some of life’s rules when pursuing your happiness:

  1. Surround yourself with positive people and influences. Not surprisingly, Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) sold the remaining portable bone density scanners once his negative, unsupportive wife left.
  2. Do whatever it takes to reach your dream. How Chris juggled his parental duties with his studying, while never quite sure where he and his young son would sleep that night, was inspiring.
  3. Don’t dwell on you’re the negative of your situation. Never once did Chris openly bemoan being homeless or broke. Instead, he focused on what needed to be done to get ahead. (Although, a supportive network may have eased his load.)
  4. Don’t listen to others when they tell you that you can’t do something. Of gosh, don’t I know this one! The countless times I proven people wrong when they said I couldn’t accomplish a task. Had my parents taken a professional’s advice and institutionalized me because I wouldn’t amount to any thing, I would have ended up at this dreadful place. What a waste of human potential that would have been.
  5. Work smarter, not harder. During his broker internship, Chris found that by not hanging up the phone between calls, he saved eight minutes per day. He also found other ways to work most efficiently and productively, which, eventually, landed him the job.

What lessons have you learned along the road while pursuing your happiness?

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Dreaming at the Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A sidewalk café in Carouge, near the French border
(Photo credit: Janet Burgess)

Hello and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Because it is another beautiful summer evening, the patio is also open. Make the most of summer while it lasts!

Thank you for coming. I invite you to help yourself to a beverage of choice, get comfy and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Hit your vacation browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
~Walt Disney

Today’s question is:

What are your dreams for your future?

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