Thursday, August 26, 2010
Summer Edition #131

Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Life Coach

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OK, many of you are in Fall mode. The summer activity fades away this week.

Cameron tells me summer is not over in the USA until after Labor Day.

Kids are smart, they extend the good times and don't rush them away.

Last week's newsletter on the Placebo Effect struck a chord with many. If you did not read it please do so, clicking the "Newsletters" button above. If you did, use it to your advantage.

What is your choice? What is your choice for the rest of the year? The year is coming to a fast close. If you have not made a choice you have made one by doing nothing.

I choose to say THANK YOU. Thank you for reading this newsletter, thank you for recommending it to friends, and thank you for your interest in the bookstore and other products.

We try to put various 'nuggets' in each newsletter, hoping that there is something for most everyone.


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Inspiring Quotations

"Leadership:“Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.”

—William Ward

"Our best preparation for tomorrow is the proper use of today.”


"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."

—Conrad Hilton

"Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right."

—Henry Ford

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

—George Elliot

Cameron's Corner

My choice was to take the sailboat out with Pop.
I told him to cast off the dock lines while I was at the helm.
His choice was not to go until we had three people,
always leaving one free
in case my choice was to run around the decks.
Good choice, Pop!

My choice is to talk more, do more, run more, and challenge Pop every chance I get. He had trouble catching me in the cell phone store and I could see he was getting frustrated. So, I ran faster!

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What is your Choice?

Eat healthy or eat junk food
Exercise or be a couch potato
Learn and grow or watch mindless TV
Be proactive in the community or complain no ones does anything
Do more and give more or complain you don’t get enough
Be a friend or don’t have a friend
Make time or have no time
Love or don’t be loved
Share or be alone
Help or don’t be helped

You get the idea. Life is about choices, and we get to decide. However, once we decide, we have to bear the cost of our choices.

One can’t sit in front of the television and then complain they don’t have enough time. Everyone has 24 hours a day. It is about the choices in how the time is used or wasted. If someone else can do it, you should be able to also. They gave up something less important to them to accomplish the task. You can also.

You are the one who is to blame for what is and is not done. You are responsible. You get to make the choice. You are in control, or having control, have given it to another. If you have given it away, you can also take it back.

The only person to blame for where you are and your circumstance is yourself. You are where you are based on the choices you have made. You chose, and you have reaped the reward of your choices.

You can make a choice in an instant. But, it may takes days, weeks, months, or years for the choice to manifest in the final desired results. A choice to eat healthy food is not accomplished in a day. It is a one day at a time choice. A choice to obtain a college degree can be made immediately, but may take four or more years to accomplish.

The first step is the choice. The choice, in order to be effective and to be followed, needs to have passion and commitment behind it. The choice has to have power and value in it in order to give you the willpower to continue towards its accomplishment.

Career choices can take many years. Fitness and weight can take a long time and must be maintained. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change of eating habits. Choose to change your habits, and you change your life. It’s that simple, it’s automatic.

Choose this to get that. Choose what is right for you. Knowing it is right, knowing it feels good, knowing the value to you are the ingredients to motivate you to continue in those moments you want to slide back to your old ways. If you do, stop, reassess, and if the choice was valid, then start then and there again towards the positive choice.

We all slip, we all make a mistake. The key is to learn from the slip or mistake, and to reconfirm the value of the choice and move forward with it. Yes, it is that simple.

The choices you make today will effect your life long term. A one degree change in the course of a ship, over time, will change the continent it will land on. Yes, one small choice can make a lifetime of difference.

Want to do more, be more, accomplish more, be more attractive, be healthy, live longer? Then make the choice, pay the price, and do what has to be done to support the choice.

Be proud you can choose, and know your choices can take you where you want to go.

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