Thursday, January 6, 2011 — — —— — —— — —— Special Edition #150

Cameron Shippee
grandson of
Russell R. Shippee.
Author, Speaker,
and Life Coach


"To succeed in life in today's world. you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job"

— Chin-Ning Chu

"If I can finish a cartoon in 20 minutes, then that's the ideal political cartoon-it's to the point."

— Paul Conrad

"It'll be a great place if they every finish it."


"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."

—Igor Stravinsky

. . . it’s me this time, Cameron — taking over for my Pop.

Well, Pop didn't finish the newsletter so I am doing this one. Oh, I kept his article on "FINISH" just because he did not finish. He needs to read his own writing. I'll be sure to tell him. Mimi will for sure!

Today, is my Pop's birthday and he's in St. John US Virgin Islands with Mimi having fun. Not only that, but The Three Kings Day (King James Bible) is a local holiday there and it's today too! So while he's celebrating, I'll be here working and helping him finish the newsletter — adding what I want. :-)

Pop's friend sent him a birthday email wishing him a buffet line, knowing he loves to be first in a food line. Pop said, "life is a buffet to be lived and enjoyed every day." I think he's right. Kids do it. Adults should.

My birthday is on January 8th, and I will not be with him. Pop says we'll have another party when he returns. Neither of us will mind another party. How about you. What are you going to celebrate? With whom?

Do you have your budget set for 2011? Well, Pop has an interesting perspective on budgets top-down and also bottom-up. You'll enjoy it. I'm assuming he finds the time to finish writing it while he's away.

DON'T FORGET . . . Youl'll be sorry and left behind if you do not sign up for the planning seminar. Heck, I might even sign up. It's time Pop got back to work!

So join our Planning Teleseminar on either January 24, 2010— 12 pm or January 25, 2010 - 3 pm ET —CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP ---It's free to all of YOU, our newsletter subscribers.

Lot's of good stuff will be coming your way and mine. And so to be sure we take advantage of it I left the 4 agreements (from last week) over on the left. They're important. If you haven't read them please do. They are valuable. They make sense in helping us all. Yup, you too. Read them. There may be a test!

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Happy New Year everyone!


Don Miguel Ruiz's

#1: Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

#2: Don't take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

#3: Don't make assumptions - Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

#4: Always do your best - Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

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Spotlight Article

FINISH WHAT YOUR START — On your " to-do" list, how many of the items have been started but not finished? How many loose ends do you have?

The problem is that the loose ends, the projects not finished, loom large in your mind and can overwhelm you. You think you have too much to do as you have so many partially completed items.

The irony is that you spend more time stressing over the loose ends than the time it takes to finish them. Plus, every time you finish one you feel great.

As the year end was approaching, and I was preparing to go away, I was aware I had not finished putting my boat to bed for the winter. I just had to finish the project so I would not worry while on vacation. On December 31st I went to the boat and finished the project. It took less than two hours.

I had spent more than two hours concerned about what had to be done before I went away. For some reason, I couldn't find the time to do it. Finally, I had to finish, and finish I did. Then, I felt great and reflected on how little time it took and how great I felt with it done.

As we start this year, I bet you have items left from last year that you have not finished and are gnawing at you. Make a list of them, and do one a day. Do two if you have time. But make the list and finish them, checking them off.

You'll feel great, and you list will shrink quickly, and your mood will pick up. For many, it's those Christmas decorations that still need to be put away in January. It's those things that have to be returned. It's year-end and holiday stuff.

It's far easier and more rewarding to start a project and complete it at once. Or, based on the time available, go back and finish it before starting a new project. The problem occurs when too many project are started and in process. Non of them get the proper attention and you feel stressed.

You are not alone when you realize things take longer to do than you anticipate. In boating, we say a project takes twice as long as anticipated. Unfortunately, it's true. I have finally learned to allow more time. Now, the projects are fun again.

Your mind gets cluttered and stressed when you have a lot of loose ends of unfinished projects. But, doing one at a time and checking them off the list feels good. Often, there is not much left on a project in order to finish it.

Notice people who always seem organized also have free time. You'll find they start and finish a project, even cleaning up after themselves and putting the tools away. The office person has a clean desk. The homemaker does not have a lot of stuff hanging around. They finish, and they put the stuff away.

If others can do it, you can also. We all have the same 24 hours a day. Sure, we all have different responsibilities and challenges. But, we can all finish our projects. If you have a big commitment, such as child care, do not start projects that can't be done. Don't start what you can't finish. Wait until you have the time, and then do the whole project.

Finish now. Finish the pending items. For the future, try to finish one project at a time before you start another. You'll be amazed at how many projects you can FINISH.

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