Thursday, February 24, 2010 — — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Winter Edition #157

Russell R. Shippee
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ENGAGE is the article today.

What have you yet to engage in this year that you told yourself you would? What did you start, then stop, and are thinking about starting again?

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Some of you have been asking about the Mind Mapping and exactly what it is. Didn't someone say, 'a picture is worth a thousand words?' Well, here is a sample of a mind map. Sample Yes, it is a one page sample of the goals someone has set for him/herself. The one page is simple, easy to read and understand. Less is more. Simplify. For me, using mind maps helps to simplify and reduce words. Hey, a writer that uses fewer words? Yup, Me. Now see what Cameron says about Mind Mapping in his corner.

New programs are starting. As I have done in the past, I have allowed my newsletter readers free access to the programs. Why? Because I like you, AND you are my testing ground. As I launch each new program or change an old one I offer it to you first. I get to test it and see your reaction. Then, I can go out and sell it to others. You win, you get the value and do not have to pay. Don't miss the opportunities.

See the TeleSeminar schedule. Yes, goals again. Why? Because many readers want and need it. So, we are providing it. Some haven't written their goals, and some have written them and ignored them, while others have written them and are being tormented by them.


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Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On", has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

John Barrymore

That which you resist stays.

Dr. David Hawkins

Men are not disturbed by things, but by the views which they take of them.


I had to tell him kids mind map in their minds from birth. We can't write, but we do mind map. Sure, lots of you were interested in the sample. Heck, it's the way we think in our minds. No wonder you are interested.

Yes, I agree, I should mind map, which I do, and you should also mind map. Be a kid, get more done, with a simple system. Try it!

Here's a Mind Map sample of pop's.

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Engage with life!

To have a life is to engage with life. To have fun, excitement, and relationships is to engage. Participate. Get involved. Get active. Reach out. Start. Take the first step.

Some people live lives of quiet desperation. It’s boring. It’s empty. There is nothing to do. Well, engage.

When we engage, when we make the call, and when we make the effort, it works. We get involved. Involvement leads to more involvement. Involvement leads to relationships. Relationships are life itself, rewarding and exciting.

If we call, if we try, if we take a risk we could fail. Then, what would others say when we failed? What would happen if people saw us fail? If I fail will others reject me? Will they think I am foolish?

Yes, fear of failure, fear or ridicule, and fear of peer pressure holds us back. But, if we are not engaged, if we are not doing, we have already failed. We have failed to engage, failed to try, and failed by default. Our friends see that failure is in not engaging. They already have an opinion of us so let it go.

People respect people who engage. We all ‘fail’ when we engage until we succeed. People forget the failure and remember the success. People also admire others that do engage, that do try.

How often have you only to realize that you accomplished the task faster and easier than expected? How often have you stressed and delayed far longer than the time it took to engage and accomplish?

What happened as you learned to walk? What happened as you learned to ride a bike? You fell. You fell over and you fell off the bike. You fell many, many times before you learned. As a child you knew that to live a life of excitement and accomplishment you had to engage, and you did. So, why as an adult, do you fail to engage? Why do you worry and stress?

As a kid you engaged and succeeded after learning. That is life and continues to be life until we die. Remember the first time we do something it is the worst, but also the current best. With practice we get better and better.

So, what do you want to do, what have you been thinking about, what does you heart tell you to do, that you have yet to engage in? Is it not time to engage right now?

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