Thursday, May 20, 2010
Spring Edition #117

Russell Russell R. Shippee
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Shipp's Log it is!

Shipp's Log with 2 "pp"s, adds my personal touch!

Now, we also have to remember that the purpose of the newsletter is to help you "Be the BEST You Can Be". The comments indicated that you did not want to lose the positive focus, the empowerment, and the lessons provided.

You voted, we listened, and we appreciate and want to share the feedback.

. . . and thank you for your weekly inspiration. It never ceases to amaze me how I always find some portion of your newsletter to be relevant to me and my life. You provide a more valuable “service” than you may realize, and I’ll bet many others feel the same. —DR.

Do you wonder why the ship was sailing from right to left? That is intentional. It is symbolic that we live our lives twice and backwards. First we visualize our lives and our futures in our imagination, then we create the life we visualized, to experience in the present.

I was asked to speak to the honors graduating class at Bryant University. It was short notice, I was busy and could easily have refused. Boy, I'm glad I said, "yes". The students were wonderful and it was a privilege to have the chance to motivate them. Yes, we have to grasp opportunities when they arrive. Often, they show up as work and end up being a joy.

What course are you on? Is it the right course for you? Do you even know what your course is? It's time to find out.


PS: We all need someone to help us stay the course and nudge us when we are off course.


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

--Mohandas Gandhi

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

--John Barrymore

"All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do."

--Norman Vincent Peale

"I have never been hurt by what I have not said."

-Calvin Coolidge

"We may not be fast, but we are expensive."

-D. Zachorne


Cameron's Corner

. "Pop" has had some skin cancers removed. Me, I'm going to use sun screen. How about you? Remember, what you do today determines your tomorrow!

Camerons SmileNow Pop has me charting my course. I'd rather he work with you and just let me play.


These books can help anyone, full time sales or not, stay on course. Knowledge is power. (Pearson Education)

The Golden Goose is back in the water and Pop is happy. He went out sailing while I was napping. That's not fair. I told him so. I think he'll take me out soon. Wanna come? I'll help, and I'll obey the captain's orders.

Spotlight Article


What course are you on?

Are you consciously on any course? Or, are you drifting and going wherever the tide, the winds, and the currents take you?

If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?

Just like your life, a ship can change it’s course by one degree and end up on a different continent. Small changes in course result in huge changes over time.

You don’t have to change the world in one day, nor do you have to become a new person in one day. But, you can make the most important change in course in an instant.

You’re overweight. You can decide right now you’ve had enough, and you will eat healthy. You buy a book. You throw out all the junk food in your house so you will not be tempted. You are now on a new course. You get off course, you eat ice cream. Fine, get back on course.

You want to start your own company. Pick out the name and register the domain. Put it down on paper. Make a time line. List what is needed. List who will be part of your team or where to find them. Take the first step of imagining what it will look like when done and document it. Keep your day job until this new venture comes together. But, set your course and then stay on the course. When the new business is far enough along you can let go of the current job.

You want a masters degree. Set the course, see which college or university has the program for you. Research. Then, register. You are on the course to a degree. Sure, it may take years, but you started, you are on course.

Life is an exciting adventure when you know where you are going. See the end result and then set course to get there. It’s the journey that is exciting and fulfilling. Like a boat, we are always off course and adjusting to course.

A boat is thrown off course by wind, waves, currents, storm, obstructions. Well, aren’t our lives the same? Every day there are things that come up. Some we have to adjust for, and others we can let go. The key is to allow and accept what happens and then get back on course.

If I eat ice cream or miss a class it’s not the end of the world. I can adjust, I can change course to get back on course and to make up for what I have missed.

The critical factor is to decide on your course, where are you going, and what are you going to do. What has passion, interest, and excitement for you? What would make you proud? What would be satisfying? What is your hidden goal you have not focused on?

Yes, you can change your course in an instant. The change is first, and most importantly, in your mind. Once you see the results you want, and decide to obtain those results, the course is set. You have begun. It’s that simple. Decide in your mind.

Once the course is set, adjust as needed to keep on course. Do not get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day. It’s not how long it takes, nor how many interruptions you have, it’s the doing it, the accomplishment. Keep adjusting to course. You will arrive at the chosen destination. Arrive, to start again.

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