Thursday, June 10, 2010
Spring Edition #120
Russell Russell R. Shippee
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Do you see any FOG today? If not, you might want to look again.

FOG isn't just the stuff that blocks our vision on the water. There is also FOG blocking our view so that we don't see. Read about it below.

A big issue for all of us is "we don't know what we don't know". Or, "when I knew better I did better". We need to strive to know and learn what we don't know.

When we were kids most of us thought our parents didn't know much. As we got older it seems our parents got smarter. Or, was that us?

When you look at the masthead above, the schooner is sailing along in calm waters with clear skies. It isn't always that way. We prepare for wind, weather and fog. Then, we can easily handle the calm day with clear skies. We are prepared. Are you prepared?

Below is the last chance to sign up for the free June 16th tele-seminars. There were technical difficulties with the sign up last week. This week the fog is gone and the sign up does work. Just tell us what time you choose and we will send you a confirmation with the details.

It's not too late! Sign up now for the "MY PLAN" teleseminar on June 16, 2010. It's free! Plus, you have 2 times to choose from on June 16th: 10:00 AM EDT —or— 3:00 PM EDT.

Who should join the teleseminar? Anyone who wants a better grip on his life, schedule, and the way he does things.


PS: The worst plan is to have a plan of NO plan. NO Plan is a plan to fail.

Inspiring Quotations

"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends"

--Japanese Proverb

"The quieter you can become, the more you're able to hear."

--Chinese Proverb

"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time."

--Charles Dickens

"Sailors get to know each other better when there is a storm."

-French Proverb

"Your only real limitations are those you set up in your own mind."

-Napoleon Hill


Cameron's Corner

"Pop" is amazed at what I see. I'm amazed at what he doesn't see. Who is the student anyway?

He looked at me sheepishly after he read my corner last week. He's learning.

Cameron with chocolates

I have the same number of hours in a day you do? Plus, I have a lot more to learn. Or, do I? Sometimes yes, I do and, sometimes. no, I don't. Do you understand my logic? Hope so.

Maybe you never saw the books I have been recommending the last few letters. If not, write to me and I'll send you the information. They're all about time!

Spotlight Article


Fog reduces our ability to see what is.

Fog can reduce visibility from seeing the curve of the earth to 10 feet in front of us. What is there, what is out there, does not change. It is only our ability to see it.

Where is the fog in your life, in your thinking, and in your seeing? We all have things that are apparent to others that we cannot see. Is it the fog or are we avoiding the issue? Did we create our own mental fog to protect us from having to address the issue?

The fog is temporary and does not change anything. It only changes our ability to see at that moment. Because there is fog does not mean the issue, is not right there.

Lighthouses help guide sailors in the fog. Our lighthouses are other people and signs that, if we stop and pay attention, are telling us of the danger and are guiding us. We need to pay attention to the signs, to the lighthouses warning and guiding us.

Fog says to slow down and pay attention. Sometimes it is best to stop and review the situation. Where am I, where am I going, how best should I go, and when it is appropriate to start off.

A sailor does not head off in the fog unless he has appropriate radar and GPS equipment to guide him. In life we also have guides and we should not head off into the fog without our guides.

One issue is what you can or can’t see. The other issue is the other people or boats, and what they can or can’t see. While protecting ourselves we also need to be aware of other people and boats.

We are not aware of how much fog there is in our lives. Try riding a bike on a route you normally drive in your car. The first time you might notice one or two things you never saw before. Take the ride for a week and you’ll see so many things you never noticed. You will surprise yourself.

We need to slow down, we need to take the ride again, and again, in order to take it all in. The faster we go, the more preoccupied we are, the less we see, and the more fog we create.

Watch a kid. Kids see more than we do. They are more aware of their surroundings. They take the time to see, to feel, and to explore. Kids have clearer vision than we do. We’re older and should be wiser. Why do we allow the fog? Why do we block so much out? Why don’t we even comprehend how much we block out?

Have you ever read a book more than once? Each time you read the same book it is also the first time. I am always amazed how much more I get out of a book the second time I read it. Actually, I read a book fairly quickly. Then, if worthy, I read it again a little slower. Finally, I read it a third time making notes. If it is a worthy book with appropriate information and learning it is worth the time to read it twice and outline it. Otherwise, you miss too much of the value.

Have you ever seen a good movie and watched it a second time? If so, how much more did you see and get out of it the second time? Was it a surprise? Life is like that.

Clear the fog. Let your vision shine through. You’ll see and enjoy more

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