• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.


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  • “Motivate me!” I said to myself.

    Posted by Qrystal on January 31, 2008 at 10:44.
    Category: Concepts. Tags: motivation, myself.

    When the title for this post came to me, I liked it immediately, and I’d like to explore the reasons why. To do so, I will look at the terms “me, myself, and I” and see how each one individually contributes to my entire persona.

    Who is “I”?

    I am the boss. I am the one giving the command to begin the process of motivation. I provide direction, because I know what must be done. But I’m also looking for help, because I don’t automatically have the motivation available when I need it. I am confident that I will succeed, but I would prefer to have all my forces acting together so that I don’t have to do it all.

    Who is “me”?

    This “me” person is a receptor of external influences. Keeping in mind the things that inspire and motivate me is crucial to my success, because results come directly from me, unless of course too many distractions overwhelm me. Of course, it really is up to me to decide whether any influences should affect me or not. The other two forces within me are depending on me, though, and that makes the decision easy for me to make.

    Who is “myself”?

    My main purpose is to understand myself, because therein lies my talents and strengths. Often, it all comes down to convincing myself that it will all work out, as long as my efforts resonate with the instincts that reside deep within myself. As for motivation, all my accomplishments benefit mostly myself, and sometimes that’s enough to keep myself in line.

    All together, now…

    So, at the risk of sounding selfish, I must say that I believe it is worthwhile to remind myself that my successes are for me (and myself and I). Of course, others around me can often benefit from what I do for myself, because many of the things I strive for aren’t really just for me. I have a lot of ideas within myself that do me no good unless they are shared! So it seems to me that the best idea is to continue using this blog to portray myself honestly, and the things I need to share will surely keep flowing out of me.

    Writing this was not what I intended to do for myself today, but I think it helped me a bit. If I want to make myself into a successful writer, it is important for me to complete my thesis and get myself out of school. I know it can be done, it’s important for me to get it done, and it will be a great motivation to myself when it is done. For my own sake, and for me and myself, I will now press forward with what must be done!

    (In case it wasn’t obvious, I do realize the silliness of the excessive “me, myself, and I” references, but it was a great deal of fun. Don’t mind me, I’m just being myself! :P Hah!)

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