Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Four Dangers of To-Do Lists and Having to Get Things Done

– by Neil Fiore, PhD, author of The Now Habit: Overcoming Procrastination
and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play and Awaken Your Strongest Self

1. “Done” and “finish” are in the imagined future, a non-existent place
that your body cannot get to. You are left with stuck energy that and, therefore, feel anxious.

2. To Do Lists are usually “Have to do-lists” that evoke resistance, rebellion, and procrastination. The unspoken “have to” part of To Do Lists says, “You don’t want to do this. They’re making you into a victim. You should resist or at least drag your feet.”

3. To Do Lists are often overwhelming and usually don’t indicate the difference between low and high priorities. You could become a Workaholic rather than a top producer who knows how to focus on the right, bottom-line work.

4. Creating bigger and better To Do Lists––as with getting organized and perfectionism––can become a major distraction that seems to justify your avoidance of actually working on a project.

See next blog for “When to Use Getting Things Started Lists”

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Emotional Impact of Cancer -- Neil's latest book

Press Release
after September 15, 2009

Contact: Neil A. Fiore, PhD 510 525 2673

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer:
Become an Active Patient and Take Charge of Your Treatment
by Neil Fiore, PhD
BayTree Publishing, September 15, 2009

Current events: October is National Breast Cancer Month
Book Signing/Presentation: Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA Oct. 11, 2009

When Neil Fiore was 32 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given one year to live. He told himself he would not live that year in fear or being controlled by doctors.
• He asked questions, read about his type of cancer and possible treatments, and fought to get the chemotherapy that saved his life.
• He volunteered for an experimental chemotherapy protocol that was the first to yield an 80-percent survival rate and led to the development of the chemo that cured the very advanced cancer of Lance Armstrong twenty years later.
• Neil continued to work as a psychology intern while taking weekly injections and did not experience severe side-effects for the first few months possibly because he was able to lower his stress hormones by choosing and fighting to get on chemotherapy.
• After 18 months of treatment he made the difficult decision to end chemotherapy, was asked to make a video for other cancer patients, spoke at Grand Rounds, and had his article, “Fighting Cancer—One Patient’s Perspective,” published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
• In 1986 Dr Fiore became one of the founding members of The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
• He has survived metastasized cancer for over 30 years and is dedicated to encouraging other patients to be active and take charge of their treatment.

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancers offers hope and steps on how to deal with the stress and depression of cancer and its treatment, how to communicate with doctors and family. More important, Dr. Fiore, a psychologist, suggests ways to build emotional support systems with physicians, family and friends. And finally, he shows how personal attitudes can have an enormous impact on the course of recovery.
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About the author:
Dr. Neil Fiore is a 30-year survivor of a “terminal” cancer diagnosis, a founding member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the author of five books, a Vietnam vet, and a psychologist in private practice in Berkeley, CA. He is an active skier and biker who completed a 100-mile Team In Training bike ride to raise money for Leukemia research.

Dust Jacket Testimonials:
“Dr. Neil Fiore is a Godsend to those making the journey through cancer. His wise and practical advice, which comes from personal experience as well as years of working with others on a healing path, is a gift beyond measure.”
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

“Neil Fiore PhD is a long term survivor. Coping with the Emotional Impact of Cancer is a book that may save your life. Don't enter an oncologist's office without it. ”
--Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author or Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings

Contact: Neil A. Fiore, PhD 510 525 2673
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