Monday, October 22, 2007

Issue 440 - Pluto's Planetary Problems

I hope Monday finds you well.

I'm calling this wek's issue 'Pluto's Planetary Problems', and it relates to a documentary I came across the other day.

It was discussing Pluto's position as the 9th planet in the solar system.
It gave a really interesting history of how Pluto was discovered in 1930, and the excitement it caused.
However, towards the end of the century, other objects were discovered near Pluto.
This started an argument amongst the scientists, about whether Pluto should still be classified as a planet, or just an object in the asteroid field where it lay.

The funny thing was, that despite science being based on specifics - facts and definitions, there was no clear definition as to what a planet actually was!
Some definitions that would include Pluto would also have to include around 20 others; some definitions couldn't include Pluto, but either way the idea of just 9 planets could not be sustained.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, which makes the decisions in such matters, eventually came up with a definition.
Without getting too technical, the upshot was that Pluto was demoted to a new classification of 'dwarf planet', and there are now officially 8 planets in our solar system.

The reason I'm telling this story is a goal achievement.self improvement one.
The main reason a lot of people wanted Pluto to remain a planet, was simply because it had been like that for 60 years, and people were used to it!

I always enjoy it when scientists challenge previously accepted theories, and most scientists do too, because otherwise all you do is verify what's already known.

This idea of 'leave it because it's always been like that' is easy to relate to self improvement and goal achievement - not only is it easy to assume you won't do something simply because you haven't done it in the past, it's what most people *will* think unless they take positive mental steps to correct that way of thinking.

Sometimes it only takes the smallest step outside your comfort zone to unleash change and progress beyond your imagination.

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Ok, that's it for this week, and I'll leave you with this thought - are you leaving Plutos where they are in your life just because they've always been there?

'Til Next Time,
Health and Happiness,
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