Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Summer Edition #184
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator


Insanity is this week's article. It was time, perhaps even overdue.

Some readers felt better last week after hearing I was behind on my list, but I also went sailing. We can all give ourselves permission. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," as the old saying goes.

There are only 100 days left in 2011. Deduct the holidays and you have fewer days to reach your goals. You can do it. Just start with the first step today, and take a step everyday until it's done.

We went to the Newport International Boat Show on Sunday afternoon. The economy may not be the best, the stock market has it's ups and downs for sure, but there sure were a lot of people looking at some wonderful, and expensive, boats. It was a great afternoon. If others can buy them, you can, also. You are just as good as they are. What is it that you want? What is your secret wish?

This week's great read is Masaru Emoto's The Hidden Messages in Water. The book will be a surprise and will make you think and wonder. It's well worth the read and may make a great holiday gift for someone.

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"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ”
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"The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. "
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"I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!"

This week's great read is a New York Times best-seller printed in 24 languages!

"The Revelation that our thoughts can influence water has profound implications."

Author Masaru Emoto's research has visually captured the structure of water at the moment of freezing, and through high-speed photography he has shown the direct consequences of destructive thoughts and thoughts of love and appreciation of the formation of water crystals. The revelation that our thoughts can influence water has profound implications for our health and the well-being of the planet.

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Albert Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

What have you done that fits the definition of insanity?

I bet it is something you tried to do, it was new, and you did not have the experience or expertise to do it. Often, rather than get someone to assist you, you try to do it alone. Often, success is marginal or it does not work at all. Of course, it’s new and you were not trained.

This year I have taken on a few new coaches for myself. Yes, a coach with a coach. Crazy? No, there were new things to learn and become proficient at so I hired someone to teach me and to coach me. Now, I have learned. Or, hope I have learned.

Insanity is doing alone what you are not qualified to do without training and assistance. Then, and only then, you can proceed to do it alone.

People want to groove their golf swings, tennis swings, and the like. First, they have to have a swing worth grooving. There is no value in grooving something you are doing wrong. Get it right, do it right, and then groove it.

We don’t know what we don’t know sometimes, and other times we know. If we’re not sure, we need only look at our results, and we’ll know. Be honest. If you need help, get it.

Have you ever spent hours trying to do something only to find someone that can show you how in one minute? Wouldn’t it be easier to learn it in one minute than to suffer for hours and still not get it? For me, that’s computer issues. I go to the source, learn it, and move on.

What have you not done this year because you don’t know how? Do you need to do it? If so, get help. Find someone. Hire someone. Ask someone. It’s time.

What have you been wanting to do all year but have yet to do? It’s insanity to think you will get it done, if you keep doing what you’ve done all year. You need to change something to get it done. First, change your mind, you will get it done and, second, is action. Take the first step. Otherwise, insanity will prevail.

We all suffer from the INSANITY in different areas as we all have different skills. Our job is to find those with the skills we do not have and need. Then, we model them. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.

Kids learn by watching and then copying. Just think of how much kids learn. When did we stop doing that? Why not go back to being a kid, copy those that have skills we want and learn them.

For years I have been going to the gym. Now they have all new equipment. I’m being trained in the new equipment. I would have thought I’d already know how to use it. Wrong. The new equipment has some unique features that were not apparent to me.

What insanity are you going to work on first? How many insanity items can you correct in the next 100 days?