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January 10, 2010


Oooh, thanks for a thought-provoking post! I always think I'm just making a list that's too long, but maybe it's that the list is too much. Good time of year to re-evaluate.

I definitely think there is something to this. I went to a great photography/life seminar last week and they talked a bit about this. Their theory was that we procrastinate because we are perfectionists. That if we aren't going to be able to do something up to our standards, we end up putting it off. That's completely me.

Whitney, this was excellent. I believe it could only be improved upon by cross-linking to any posts you may have on the subject of figuring out Who You Are and What You Are. Which presumes you have posts on them...but if not, perhaps you can work some up.

Great point Blue -- something to keep in mind. In the meantime, here are a couple of posts to get us started.

On discovering our intelligences

On the feminine hero's journey

Play to your strengths

Who are your heros?

I am a daily procrastinator.
This is good food for thought.
Thanks, Whitney.

When identity is intact, known and lived, the motivation to go forward and do what we know to be right and best for our personal, professional and familial outcomes becomes integral to that identity. Voila, no need for procrastination.

Only it seems some days I know who I am way better than others :-). Great piece. Thank you for sharing this.

This post is a breakthrough idea. Thank you for reminding me to administer patience to myself and others during our necessary (and sacred) times of procrastination.

Fascinating. Just what I needed to read today.

Is that why I can't get my act together these days? Then again, I think I know I need to rediscover who I am and have been putting that off.

What an eye-opening idea. Great post. I used to feel sharp and productive when I had a regular full time job at an office, but I find myself lost sometimes working from home where I have many identities. I will try to wear only one hat at a time, so I know "who I am" in the moment something needs to get done!

Hi Whitney, thanks for this post.

A couple of thoughts come to mind...

a) I'm hearing that it might be more productive to work on our 'to be' list before tackling our 'to-do- list;

b) What if we chose an identity that empowered our productivity? For example: who would I have to BE to become really productive? This can create different possibilities for those who have labelled themselves in disempowering ways e.g. 'I am a procrastinator.' 'I am lazy.' etc

Best, Robin

Twitter: Robin_Dickinson

I like that Chrysula. 'Some days I know who I am way better than others..."

And... shall we tackle out 'to be' list before the 'to do' -- rather pithy.

"Sacred time of procrastination."

Great insights. Thank you all.

Knowing who we are engenders us with a sense of purpose or mission and then we use our agency to validate that knowledge.

Interesting comments about self-labeling, too. This reminds me of the shark-tank post about VC's looking to fund products that validate their perceptions of themselves. We fund, with time and resources, those things that validate our perceptions of ourselves.

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