Thursday, December 2, 2010 — — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Fall Edition #145

Russell R. Shippee
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I see my partner, Cameron. sent you a letter last week. I enjoyed it. I hope you did also. For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it was a great day for you. Did you go around the table discussing accomplishments for the year?

The most interesting response to the LET GO newsletter was a former employee of mine who wrote to tell me it was about time for me to let go. All in good humor. I sure got a laugh. Remember, we have to be able to have fun and laugh, especially at ourselves.

Do you have any holiday shopping to do? Well, the sooner, the less stress. I like giving the gift of learning as it lasts a lifetime and pays huge dividends.

Mind Mapping is still great. DD just wrote me and said,
'Good Morning Russell- Always good advice! I bought the mindmap program and I am loving it. Just what I needed at just the right time.'
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I was sick with a bad cold Saturday and Sunday so I could not join my wife, Cathy, in visiting our new grandson Aiden. I was disappointed, but I made the best of the quiet time alone. I finished my goal planning for 2011. For the first time, I did it on a mind map. You can see it all on one page and far more clearly than in normal written or outline form. Try it. I think you'll like it.

Mike Doorley has a new book, Manifesting Change, that I just finished reading, He has an interesting message that I think you will enjoy. GO HERE to see the book and his others in Shipp's Locker Bookstore.

PLANNING is the article today. Of course, we are too busy to plan. Or, are we? Read the article. You might be surprised that you are too busy because you did not plan. Yup, it's true.

I have planning forms. Just contact meHERE and I will email you the forms.


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Inspiring Quotations

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."

-Pablo Picasso

"The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand."

— Doug Larson

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

"The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you work for someone else. "


"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

-Steve Jobs

Thanks for the response
to my very first Thanksgiving letter.
When Pop saw your feedback he smiled.

Pop is going to help me with my plan for 2011. I can do it myself, but I like to humor him. It makes him feel important.

Why do some adults plan and live by the plan and others never plan? Even I can see the difference in people who plan and people who don't plan. Those with a plan get a lot more done.

Pop recommends all these learning gifts. Well, I want some toys also. Toys teach and I learn to share my toys with others. Bring on the toys!

My PLAN is
to finish
this entire
ice cream cone
before I PLAN
to make
any other PLANS.


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Spotlight Article
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

Like it or not, we all plan. The problem is when we do not plan in advance or with enough forethought. Every action starts with a plan. With no plan, our plan is go to with the wind, and wherever life takes us.

There are many types of planning

A specific project: One needs to list what has to be done, in what order, and by whom in order to complete the project. Without a plan, steps can be missed, duplicated, and people will not be aware of who is to do what. Be it in writing or not, it’s a plan.

Today: Most people start the day with the plan to survive at work for another day. Then, planning what they will do after work, even if it is the usual of going home, eating, and watching TV. On the weekends, people have far more plans of things to get done, places to go, and people to see. Often, the weekend plan is the one focused on.

Week: Schedule the week in advance. Often the calendar is full in advance of the week with work, meetings, kids' activities, and social obligations. Then, the holes are filled in with things that need to be done from either a written list or one kept in one’s head.

Month / Quarter / Annual: This plan is best done in December for the upcoming year. Plan the vacations, fill in the commitments, and then schedule the items from your goals for the year you want to accomplish. If it’s not scheduled, it is not going to get done. If it’s not scheduled, the year will slip by and you are not likely to ‘get around to it’. Planning the year in advance is critical to your success and accomplishment. It also makes the year far more interesting and exciting.

5 year plan / 10 year plan / My Life’s Plan: We each need a plan of what we want our lives to be. The best ways to look at our life plan is to look at it backwards. Write your obituary, the one you’d be proud of, listing your accomplishments in your life as well as your adventures. Make a bucket list of all the things, regardless of time, money, or talent, you’d like to do, be, have, and see before you die. Then, with your life partner put both lists on a timeline (current age to age 100) and schedule in the bucket list items on the timeline. That’s planning your life so you get to do what you desire. It’s that simple. We should die with a full 'in basket' of things to do and accomplish.

Often people feel they are too busy to plan, or planning does not work because of interruptions or other people. I dare say, they are too busy as they have not planned. Interruptions are part of life and you need to plan for them. Your planning needs to leave time in the schedule for interruptions.

Planning allows you to do things when needed, in advance, and not at the dreaded last minute. It also allows you the luxury of saying no to someone who wants you to do something so they don’t have to. You can tell them it just does not fit into your plan right now, there is no time for it.

The ideal is to decide what you want your life to be and to work backwards from the life plan, to the time line, and back to the daily plan. No, it’s not hard as you are just breaking the life plan into bite size pieces.

Michaelango worked from a master plan, a life plan for the Sistine Chapel when he started to paint it. He visualized the end result and then daily worked the plan until he was finished.

So, you’ve never done a life plan

Start today. It’s not cast in stone, it can be added to, changed, items deleted, as needed and as time goes on. In the journey of life we have to have a plan as to where to go, just as a ship at sea has a port that it is heading for. The ship may have to change course and go to a different port, just as we may have to change our plan. But, first, we have to have a plan to change.

Illness and family issues will cause you to change your plan. That’s OK, when something comes up, you can change your plan. You can delete less important things, and you can spread things out into the future. Planning helps to adjust for the interruptions.

There are no unreasonable goals. There are only unreasonable time lines

Try it. The more time you put into it, the better it will be, and the better you will feel. It’s for you. It’s your life. It’s your obituary. It’s your bucket list. It’s you today. Plan to make the most of your life. You’ll be glad you did.

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