Thursday, January 26, 2012 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Winter Edition #201

Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

A Minute of Your Time
is Very Much Appreciated

My upcoming book
Does Your Bucket List Leak?
is now in production.

Please be a part of my
by answering the following
3 simple questions.

What does the
title suggest to you?

2.) How does it relate to you or your life?

3.) Would you pick up and read a book with the title? If not, why not?

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There are no wrong answers — just what comes to mind.

Your valuable feedback is for my eyes only. Thanks everyone!


Thanks for all your feedback to the book questions on the left and the fact that the last newsletter was the 200th.

If you did not send me a quick note on the book questions on the left, please do so. All responses are appreciated and valuable. One person, in their late 60's, felt they were too old to respond. No! Your future is always ahead of you, and a bright future is having things to do and to look forward to. It's all in the bucket.

OK, if the doctor told you not to buy green bananas then don't answer. Otherwise, answer. You have a life ahead of you and it can be the BEST.

We are still away relaxing and working. I did 'shut down' for 3 days - a new personal best. Decide and do. It's that easy. Let go! Remember, you are not that important anyway.

This vacation in the sun is an annual goal of mine. What's yours? What's your vacation you look forward to and save for? Working for money isn't as motivating as working for the money to have a great vacation. Plan the adventure and then work the plan to earn the extra money to go.

The February TeleSeminars (listed below) are starting to fill up. Be sure to enroll. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten. Yup, it’s true.


DOES YOUR BUCKET LIST LEAK? is heading for publication in 2012! Sub-titles include: How to Take Control, Chart Your Future and Overflow with Passion and Purposeand— You Don't Need to Feel Drained by Life - Ever Again. As I work on these important details, your feedback is critical and greatly appreciated. So please take a moment to answer the 3 simple, yet important, questions on the left.


"I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you."

Andy Rooney

"After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."

Cato the Elder

"Everything we do matters. Everything we don’t do matters. Everything we do or don’t do matters. "


"Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task. "

William James



February 1 OR February 2
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February 14 OR February 15
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  • 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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Who is watching you?

Are you cheating? Are you doing your best? Are you focusing? Are you wasting time? Are you avoiding something?

Yes, you are being watched. It may be a loved one, an employer, or a friend. It can even be a camera. The one that matters is you, the one who is watching, who has the biggest impact.

You are watching yourself. You know, and you know better than anyone else. You can’t fool yourself.

It’s time. It’s time to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. It’s time to come clean.

Are you doing your best? Are you proud of what you are doing? Are you using your time effectively?

If not, why not?

Too often we fear success. Sure, we worry about failure, but what if we succeed? What if success changes us? What if they really like us? What will happen if I win? Am I ready for change?

We can’t cheat. When we cheat, the person who suffers the most is ourself. Cheating may involve cheating another; but the one who loses the most when we cheat is ourself. We lose respect for ourselves. We try denial and blame, but it doesn’t work. We know the truth. We can’t hide from our own cheating. We can’t even escape for long.

The solution is easy. We can’t help but to watch ourselves. So, knowing we are watching, why not do our best? Why not be proud?

It’s the effort that counts. Doing our best, regardless of the outcome, is success. Knowing we did our best, we gave it the full effort, is satisfying. We can live with the results as long as we have made the effort. To make a half hearted effort and fail is to know we could have done more, we could have done better. That is a bitter pill to swallow.

Today is a new day, and today is a new you. Sure, you can go back to your old ways, or you can change. It’s not hard. It’s as simple as resolving to watch yourself do your best. While it won’t be 100% of the time in the beginning, it’s the progress that counts. Just start watching yourself make the effort that would make you proud.

The more effort you make, the more satisfied you will feel, and the more proud you will be of your efforts. That leads to more focused effort and pride.

As you watch yourself, wouldn’t it be great to be proud of your efforts? Try it!