In that situation, I'm like a scared cat getting dipped in ice water - I'm not having that shit. But wrong in the sense that he failed to recognize my stubbornness would take me extremely far if I pointed it in the right direction and stayed consistently persistent. Calvin Coolidge said, Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. When it comes to reaching goals, remain consistently and persistently stubborn. Never quit. Never give in. Never collapse. If you know you're headed in the right direction, aggressive and consistent persistence gets you there. Persistence turns your mind into an unstoppable tank and aggressiveness turns goals into cardboard boxes. Your goals are no match for a persistent mindset. If a tank encounters a wall, it doesn't turn around go back - it blows a f*cking hole in the wall and drives through it! Now, notice how the non-procrastinator first assesses his situation by saying, "It's a hot day outside, so I'll need to do this in bits and pieces." Instead of having an all-or-nothing attitude, the non-procrastinator realizes that the sun has put him at a disadvantage, so he alters his plans to fit the situation he finds himself in. He then says to himself, "All I really need right now is to tidy things up a little. I'll pull those daisies and that patch of crabgrass, and maybe trim the edges with a weed-whacker if it's not too hot." By separating his tasks into manageable chunks, he decides how much he can handle and gives himself a bit of leeway, to do more or less, as conditions warrant. Finally, he gives himself permission to temporarily delay completion of the task with: "I can mow it tomorrow." However, being a non-procrastinator, he knows that if he makes a promise with himself, he must keep it. The next step is to outline the short-term and long-term goals that patients would like to accomplish.

While overcoming depression can be considered a long-term goal, patients and their therapists also need to identify more short-term goals that could act as signposts that indicate the progress being made. Achieving these goals can help patients gain the confidence they need to continue in treatment and learn how to get their lives back on track. Once the goals are established, the next step is to outline the type of treatment to be used to help patients achieve the goals. Over the course of the treatment period, the treatment plan is periodically reviewed to determine how successful the patient has been at meeting the original goals. As these goals are met, the treatment plan often changes as well depending on what is happening in the patient's life and the progress that ends up being made. Since relapses are often going to happen, patients are encouraged to treat these episodes as learning opportunities and form new goals that can help them regain their confidence and avoid relapses in the future. Browse portals of volunteer opportunities. In the UK, you can visit, which lists more than a million options and enables 200,000 people to donate their time and build their skills every month. Still not sure? Then go for a one-day test drive. Take a friend. Or find one there. After observing the person for five seconds (without them noticing; that would influence the result), I note down whether they smile or not, their gender, estimate their age, jot down whether they are with someone or not and what they are doing. Are they drinking coffee, talking on the telephone, walking their dog, or what? I have watched thousands and thousands of people going about their daily business, hundreds and hundreds speaking on the phone, dozens and dozens holding hands - and one guy picking his nose. Once you're persistent, make it consistent. Do things consistently well. Not just sometimes - ALL OF THE TIME and without fail. Each and every time you work towards a goal, do it well. Do it great.

Do it to the best of your ability. Anyone can consistently do an OK job but not everyone can consistently do a great job. Consistently OK beats inconsistently great but nothing beats consistently great. Only persistence gets you there. Getting your act together, reaching your goals, and getting to where you want to be is like being on an old train - it's dirty, ugly, loud, uncomfortable, rough, and the fastest way to reach your destination is to just toughen up, tighten your grip, and deal with the rough ride. If you just hang on, don't complain, and don't try to slow the train down, it'll get there faster than you expect. Those who have their act together, reach goals, and reach their destinations in life are the ones who just hang on, deal with the ride, and don't complain about anything. Those who don't have their act together, don't reach goals, and aren't where they want to be are the ones who complain about the ride. It's ugly. It's dirty. It's uncomfortable. They don't have a window seat. The ride is too rough. It's moving too fast. There's no air conditioning. It's too loud. It smells bad. They find any and every excuse to either slow the train down, stop it, or get off completely and that's why they don't reach their destination. That's why they don't get their act together. That's why they don't accomplish anything.

When anything gets the least bit painful, scary, or uncomfortable, they want to slow down and take a break or stop completely. What should take a year to accomplish ends up taking 10 - or it never gets accomplished at all. Another procrastinator who finds herself sullen and frustrated is Janice, who keeps an oversized and over-stretched garbage bag containing empty plastic bottles propped between the door to her apartment and an adjacent closet. Janice keeps telling herself she needs to bring the bag down to the basement because it's grown so large that when she arrives home from work, she needs to press her full weight against the door just to open it. The bag also makes it difficult to get to that closet, which is where she keeps her commuter rail pass and pocketbook. So, she battles with the bag both after coming home from work, as well as the next morning. "Oh, I've got to take care of this!" she says to herself before leaving for work Thursday morning, but later that evening she returns to do battle with her front door once again. "I'm going to take that bag down to the basement this weekend!" she says. "That's it!" However, come the weekend, Janice's mind is on anything but the bag, her front door, the closet, or on going to work Monday morning. So, when Monday inevitably arrives, Janice's bag of bottles is heavier than ever, and instead of dealing with the bag in a one-time effort by taking it down to the basement, she says to herself, "I don't have time to fiddle with that now; I'm late!" Later that evening, she finds herself in the same boat as the week before and bemoans the situation once more. Habitual procrastination almost always takes its shape in the form of cycles of behavior. The cycle Janice finds herself in right now is one of responding incorrectly to the same situation over and over again, but not learning from these experiences that what has happened in the past will probably continue to happen should she continue responding in the exact same way. Instead of observing her unpleasant situation for what it is and changing, Janice floats, and then suffers the consequences of bad feelings and poor self-esteem. Even after the treatment ends and the patient manages to meet all the planned goals, the treatment plan can continue to act as a road map for future progress by outlining the different ways that patients can maintain the progress they have made. This can include maintenance sessions once every six months so patients can review what they have learned and establishing additional long-term goals that patients can continue to try achieving over time. In a real sense, the use of chemical compounds to treat the symptoms of depression is as old as medicine itself. Traditional healers have long depended on such herbal compounds as St. John's Wort, xiao yao, "holy basil," poppy extract, cannabis, and so on for treating depression or melancholia (as it was commonly known). While the actual benefit of these various herbal remedies remains controversial, one of the first modern antidepressants, reserpine, was first developed in the 1950s from another traditional remedy, a tea made from the Rauwolfia plant found in many parts of Asia and Africa. Long used as a treatment for insanity, fever, and snakebite, Western scientists took a closer look at Rauwolfia and learned to synthesize it under laboratory conditions.

Despite early success in treating depressed patients using reserpine, problems with side effects spurred researchers to search for better alternatives. Apart from the distribution of smiles among people, you start to notice other patterns when you examine the data you've collected. Italian couples are more inclined to hold hands, regardless of age, Mexicans are more likely to be snacking on something, and you see dog walkers more frequently in Paris and Vancouver. The biggest challenge is, of course, to register only locals and weed out the tourists. The guy with the camera and the map and a confused look on his face is probably not from around here. And you can be fairly certain that the woman with her hands full of groceries pacing by the Duomo Cathedral in Milan without looking up is likely to be a local. So, do Danes smile more than anyone in the world? No, people in Milan smile just as much, and people in Malaga smile even more than Danes. However, people in Copenhagen smile more than people in New York, Marrakesh and Warsaw. On average, 12.7 per cent of people smile in Copenhagen, less than 2 per cent in New York, and people in Malaga smile more frequently (almost 14 per cent). When things get painful, deal with it. When things get uncomfortable, get used to it. When things are moving too fast and the ride is rough, instead of trying to slow down, learn how to hold on tighter. You don't have time to slow down and complain. You don't have time to be afraid. You have to make it there on time and that means dealing with whatever happens on the ride. Keep moving forward. Stay aggressive. Stay persistent. Keep pushing.