Thursday, January 5, 2012 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Winter Edition #199

Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator


HAPPY NEW YEAR or, is it a New Year for you?

My two grandsons sure have goals for 2012. They will be most active and learning. It'll be another year of wonderful 1sts for them. For me also! Can we accomplish as much this year as the kids?

We will be starting a new series of classes in February. Sign up early to be sure you are included. There are a limited number of lines.

News Year's Eve saw a new tradition. At the dinner table I had everyone talk about the past year - accomplishments - adventures - learning -happy times. The unusual part is that everyone had to do it as if it was New Year's Eve 2013, not 2012. Yes, we pretended it was a year later and we were talking about what happened in the year yet to come. Got it? Try it, it's fun and interesting. It's also another way to get people thinking about what they want for the next year. Tricky!

Yes, it was successful. It's interesting to see and feel the excitement and the support. Just stating it to a group of friends helps you to hold yourself accountable.


PS: This can be and should be your BEST year ever.
It's up to you. You are the captain.


"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

Bill Vaughan

"You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself."

Sam Levenson

"Times don't change. Men do."

Sam Levenson

"If you don’t prepare, you don’t have to. "




February 1 OR February 2
Time: 12:00 noon EDT
What's Important

February 14 OR February 15
Time: 12:00 noon EDT
  • Progress?
  • January is over - any progress?
  • Given up on your goals?
  • Given up on your new habits?
  • Need balance?
  • Overwhelmed?
  • How to Focus on What's Important?
  • Why don't we get to the important?
  • Why do we wait until it's a crisis?
  • Why are we stuck?
  • Why can't we start?
  • How can I manage it better?
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It's January 2012. Is this a new year for you? Will you make it a new year?
Will it be the same, a repeat of last year, and the year before, and the year before?

What’s different about this New Year?

What old bad habits are you going to get rid of?
What new habits are you going to form?

What time wasters are you going to eliminate?
What new activities are you going to participate in?

What relationships are you going to let go?
What new relationships are you going to foster?

What goals mean enough to you that you will accomplish them?

What are you going to let go of to make room for the new?

What bad health habits are you going to eliminate?
What good health habits are you going to form?

What are you going to learn this year?

What adventures are you going to take?

What risks are you going to take?

Do you have a plan, a plan in writing?

Do you have your vacations planned and on the calendar?

If you don’t answer the above questions you may well drift aimlessly through another year, just like past years. The year will have no direction and meaning. You’ll drift with the crowd and where you are led or pushed. You may well live a life of quiet desperation, yet again.

Well, live, engage, decide, plan, schedule, and do. Today, right now you can start.

It’s your life, it’s your New Year, a gift to you. It’s a gift but YOU have to use it in order to obtain the advantage and the value of it. It’s up to you, it’s your choice, and it’s your fault if you don’t.

Symbolically, it’s a new beginning. But, that only counts for those who take action and not for those who stay stuck in the past. It takes as much effort to stay stuck in the past as it does to move forward for the future.

It is time to live your dreams. You have dreams and desires for a reason. If you can think them or dream them, then you can do them. You need only to plan, commit (in writing) and take one step at a time.

Life is a journey and it’s the journey, not the destination, that counts. Start today. The finish date is less important than making progress one step at a time all year. Remember, the ocean is just drops of water.

Years ago I encouraged a young lady to take courses to get her CPCU, an insurance degree. Eight years later she called me to thank me, telling me she had just been awarded her degree. She would have never started had I not encouraged her. Once started, she had made the decision and investment, so she continued until completed. She was proud.

If you have wasted previous years, NOW is the time to change. NOW is the time to start. The past is gone. The future never comes. The present is a gift for you to be used, lest it disappear unopened.

Open yourself to all you want to be, can be, and will be--if you will only decide and act.

Don’t lose yourself in the details, doing the unimportant. Focus on the big things, the things that have meaning and value. Every day is a gift. If not used it’s lost and can never be recovered. Use it or lose it.

Only you know the truth of how busy you are and what you are accomplishing. Worrying about yourself has never worked and will never work.

It’s time for action. It’s time to try new things. It’s time to get involved. It’s time to learn. It’s time to take a risk.

Go out and fail. Go out and find what doesn’t work. Go out and you’ll find what does work, what feels good, and what fulfills you. Go out NOW and do it.

Life doesn’t wait. Time is your abundance, your wealth, and your gift. Use it or lose it. You can’t exchange it, and you can’t get it back. You don’t know how much time you have left.

It’s time to lose yourself so that you can find yourself.