Thursday, June 17, 2010
Spring Edition #121
Russell Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Life Coach
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Living my Life on Purpose.
Use it for your goals.

Do you find anything hard? How about just thinking of those things as challenging, exciting, motivating, empowering, and fun?

Below is some insight on hard. Interestingly, it all started with a discussion about careers at a birthday party for a thirty year old.

Our growth depends, in part, on hard.

Hard looks easy once it is accomplished. Hard is just part of the process, and we all go through it. There are no exceptions.

It seems to me that many of you have put a lot of effort in lately. Effort into planning your summer fun, time off, and things to do. Have you given that much focus to your other goals? If so, good for you. If not, why not spend a few minutes and do it now?

It seems there was value in the MY Plan teleseminar. Following up on that, we are doing a GOALS teleseminar. I bet you will find it helpful and insightful.

Sign up now for the GOALS teleseminar on June 29, 2010 AT 9 AM EDT or June 30, 2010 AT 3:00 PM EDT.

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

  • Want your own goals?
  • Want a track to run on?
  • Want to accomplish your goals?


PS: Do you know what it feels like to have goals and accomplish them?

Inspiring Quotations

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

--Thomas Edison

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you 
feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes 
the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and 
when you have found that attitude, follow it."

--William James

"Do not measure success by today's harvest. Measure success by the seeds you plant today."

-Robert Louis Stevenson

"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, 
and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity."

-Lou Holtz


Cameron's Corner

"Pop" is pleased that I used the potty. No FOG here. I knew, I just waited until I was ready, on my time, and my schedule, not his. Don't you do the same thing?

He realized I knew what I was doing. He knew it was my choice.

Cameron with chocolates

Now I am also using a lot more words. It's fun to watch my family marvel at what I am saying, doing, and understanding. They don't know that kids already know. It's just the issue of when we show it to them. Kids know from the beginning.

Life is not hard to a kid. It's exciting, challenging, fun, and empowering. A kid knows it is just effort and practice. You adults make things hard and difficult. Be a kid. Life is a game to be lived and enjoyed. I do. Do you?

Spotlight Article


Is it hard?

A young producer has to freelance, always working, always looking for the next item, and always hoping it will all work. It’s a risk and it’s a challenge.

The investment guy. He does not like his job and he’s looking for a new one. It’s tough to break in, and it’s tough to make good connections.

It seems like all industries are not easy to break into. To make a name for yourself, and to be sought after is not easy. It’s work, it’s trial and error.

The secret? Keep going, keep doing, and keep practicing. When you are ready, it will come. When you are ready, it will appear. When you are ready it will look easy.

It’s the process, it’s the learning, and it’s the doing. If it were easy, anyone could do it. The risk is equal to the reward.

It is not hard. It’s just doing it, learning and getting better and better. It’s the process, and we all go through it. The hard part is to keep yourself motivated and working towards the goal.

Look at famous people and their history. Most of them started out with as little or less than anyone else. They made it by hard work. It may look like luck, but it wasn’t. We all make our own luck, and we make it by working at it, by practicing, and persevering.

Good luck (fame and fortune) is about work, practice, and focus. Focus on it until you get it. Work at it till you get it. Practice until you get it.

So, it is not hard. It is not impossible. It’s just the process we all have to follow. The rewards belong to those who believe in themselves and are willing to do the work. The rewards are for those who go after them and earn them. We all have the chance.

We all have potential. Our skills match our desires. Our skills guide us to what works for us and what we should do. We need to use our skills to create value for ourselves and others. Creating value for others automatically creates value for ourselves. It’s one and the same.

The only thing that is hard is that which we don’t do, don’t work at, and don’t practice. Practice makes it easy. Practice works, works well, and eliminates the hard.

Most things feel hard the first time. Then, they get easier and easier until they become second nature. When the subconscious takes over and just does it, you know you are close. When you can let go and you just do it is when it works, and works well.

Focus on the practice, on the getting it done, rather than on any notion it is hard. It is not hard. It’s easy when you keep working at it.

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