Thursday, April 28th, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Spring Edition #166

Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Life Coach

8 Reasons WHY is the article this week.

Why not read it and see if it resonates with you?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter or Passover. For me, it was family and a big meal. Great, but now, back to the gym, and back to the eating healthy program. We can celebrate, we can eat, but not all the time.

We had a taste of summer this weekend. It makes you want to finish the spring chores. It's time to start sailing and time for outdoor activities and sports. For those of us in New England it's been a long winter and we are anxious for good weather and the chance to be outside.

A month ago the task of getting the Golden Goose (the schooner at the top of the newseletter) ready to sail seemed overwhelming. Well, a little work, and a little help and she is ready to sail. The task always appears larger than it is at the beginning. When finished, we wonder why we were worried. Does that happen to you?

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Kids have only one WHY and it's called adult supervison. Otherwise, we'd just do it, we'd start, and we'd do it. Right away. Right NOW. Kids love the NEW.

I HAD A GREAT EASTER. The Easter Bunny came and I also had an Easter Egg hunt. I sure do like the chocolate, plus the gifts.
Mimi (my grandmother) put money in some eggs she hid around the yard. The adults were running around to find the eggs. I'm not sure it's fair to us kids. What do you think?
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Why don't you? . . . Why can't you? . . . Why won't you? . . .


Why is a big question. What’s the answer to the big question? How big an answer can you come up with?

Here are the most common eight reasons why:

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Education
  4. Skills
  5. Obligations
  6. Looks
  7. Weight
  8. Strength

The problem with all eight is that they are excuses and they are not valid. In the moment, they may be valid, but none are insurmountable to someone who truly wants to do something.

We all have the same amount of time. The issue is how we use our time. This year we may already be committed. But, we can schedule something for a future time and then do it. We’re not too busy forever to do something we truly want to do.

Money is about making the effort to earn enough to do what you want and also to manage your spending. It’s priorities. What about those with great cars but small houses or apartments? They made choices, you make choices, also.

Education we can all get. It takes time and effort, but we can get it. We need only to start, to make it a priority. We can always find a way to do something if we want to do it.

Skills we can acquire. We can train under someone who has the skills and we can practice until we get proficient at it. It’s a matter of effort and it costs nothing to make an effort.

Obligations we all have. Young parents are obligated to their children and may not have time right now. They can plan and they can use part of their precious free time to learn the skills, or start the education needed for that which they want to do in the future when the children don’t take so much time. It’s planning and scheduling, and that is not difficult, nor does it cost anything.

Looks are in the eye of the beholder. You are good looking enough. You can use make up. You are magnificent to someone. Don’t judge yourself, just go for it.

Weight can be an issue, and can be solved. If something means enough to you, you can lose the weight. It is as simple as burning more calories than you take in. If losing the weight is more important than the taste of the food you’ll lose weight. It’s you life, it’s your decision; and you can do it, if it means enough to you.

Strength is an acquired skill. One needs to work out, be it at a gym or at home. Start a strength training program and you’ll be amazed at the strength you can acquire. We all have the ability to do so. The issue is to use our ability.

So, the why’s don’t work, they don’t hold water, and we know they are just excuses that anyone can see through.

Why is usually because we are afraid or because the item in question means less to us than other things we are currently doing.

The test is to ask yourself, ‘why not’. If it is meaningful, you can do it.

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