Thursday,  February 16, 2012
                                      Winter Edition 204
russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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"When it comes to chocolate resistance is futile."


"Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening."

Bill Clinton

"The people who have it share it. Those who don't share don't have it"


"The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy"

-Sam Levenson




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Captain , 
 I hope you celebrated Valentine's Day. Every day can be Valentine's Day. Every day is a day to celebrate life and those in your life.

The article on Josephine, in last weeks newsletter, resonated with a number of you. MF wrote to me asking if it was a contradiction to my recommendation of goals. No, Josephine had clear goals and she was living and accomplishing them.

One of my goals is to spend time with my grandsons. I do that,  and I change my schedule as needed to enjoy them.

I am leaving the Self-Help book summary from last week below. Many of you responded, so I thought a second chance was in order for those of you who thought of it, didn't have time, and later wished you had.

There is a very popular large web site called Self-Growth. The writers recently listed the top self-help books as ranked by their members. Here's the list:

  1. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
  4. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
  5. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
  6. You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
  7. The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
  8. The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace Wattles
  9. The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale
  10. The Bible
I've read all of them, most from cover to cover. How about you? Some are my favorites. I was reading Think and Grow Rich
40 years ago. I won't tell you how long it took me to realize it was not a book about money.

Yes, you can get all of them at our Shipp's Locker Bookstore. We all need help. It's the wise one who gets help and progresses in life, learning and engaging in all that life has to offer.

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PS  Yes, I took the time to go to yoga this week. The bottom line is I was more productive having done yoga so the time spent paid big dividends.



Sailing is using the resistance of the wind to get to where you want to go. Without the resistance the boat would not move. So, the resistance is positive. It's all a matter of understanding how to use the resistance to accomplish your goal. It's the resistance that gets you to your goal. 

How often do you experience resistance? How often do you create resistance? How do you handle resistance? 

Resistance is good, positive, and beneficial for everyone.  
When someone resists you and questions you, it sharpens you. You have to have your facts straight. Knowing that someone will resist you makes you do the additional work to be sure you are correct and justified. That fear of resistance, and what it takes to overcome it, forces you to be more thorough, and therefore, make a better decision.  
Your resistance helps others. You will either help them to see the problem with their recommendation or, if they have done their homework, you can learn something new. 
Resistance is normal when it involves change. People do not like change; and the natural instinct is to resist it. There is great satisfaction in positive change, and the resistance is usually the force needed to motivate you to make the effort. 

When your first efforts are resisted, you have the opportunity of refining your efforts and improving your recommendation to reduce or eliminate the resistance. This extra effort will reward you in a better result. It would not have been if you had not encountered resistance. 

Sometimes resistance will prevent you from making a big mistake or failing. Yes, someone, sometimes, knows better than you. Or, at least me. There are too many stories I can tell of resistance from others that saved me from myself. Now, be honest, how many stories can you remember when it happened to you? 
Resistance is good for all involved. It raises the bar on the subject at hand.  
I had a wonderful professor and enjoyed watching him. His resistance was in asking questions. Sure enough, if you were wrong, his resistance, in the form of questions, invariably lead you down the path of finding out you were wrong.  
Now, what about the resistance of a spouse?Spouses are not always right, but they are also not always wrong.  Right? 
Resistance motivates people and inspires them. If you are going to think, you might as well think big. The bigger the thought, the bigger the possible resistance. Hence, the more you can do and accomplish.  
Next time you are facing resistance, accept it, smile at it, and know there is a great value and learning in it for you. You will be better off, you will do more, and you will accomplish more with resistance. You will also be proud of your accomplishment.  
Should you tell them their resistance helped you?