Thursday, February 7, 2013
                                      Winter Edition 239
russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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 "If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done."

Ludwig Wittgenstein  




 "My mother always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me. ... A setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve."         


Richard Branson


"Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged."

J K Rowling

"Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people, or find a different room."

Michael Dell

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Ahoy Captain 

I can't believe it's February already! Can you?

It seems that too many of us are on the same old course, the course that takes us in endless circles--the course we want to break loose from but can't.

For many of us, it's time to change course, be it a big change, or just a little tweaking. A small adjustment over time makes a huge difference.

On the bottom of the newsletter are important questions. Questions you may not want to answer. The more you do not want to answer them the more you should. Write the answer. Put the pen in your hand, get out paper, and sit quietly. See what comes. You may well be surprised.  It's for you, and you don't have to share the insights with anyone.

Oh, send me your insights. I may quote yours without even any initials so that no one can even guess it's you.  Dare you!

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Sometimes we have to change course.  We have to come about in the boat, we have to change sails, and we have to plot a new course.

Ideally, we have a plan, we have the course charted, and we know where we are going. Then, wham, it happens.  The world is upside down, changed in an instant. Our plan, our course, is no longer valid, the assumptions wrong, the destination changed, all in an instant.

The change can come about for many reasons, weather, equipment failure, sickness, death, family problems, personal awakening, employment or financial.  There are a multitude of times.

In life you will have to alter your course many times. That does not mean you don't need a course, you do. It does not mean you have to hold to the course set at all costs, it doesn't. It does mean that when change is upon you, and you need to change, then you need to plot a new course before moving forward.

The change of course can be permanent if that is what is best for you. It can be temporary, be it for a week, a month, a year, or five years. We can always get back to our course, the one that fits us,  when the time is right.

Racing in a new direction, or any direction, without a plan and destination is a recipe for waste, frustration, loss of time, and negative energy. You can't race ahead without the knowledge of where you are going, what provisions you need, and the road map to get there.  

Sure, you may not have the entire plan in detail;  but you need an overview and the details of that which is close at hand. Then you can fill in the other details as you get closer to needing them.

If driving from the east coat to the west coast, you know the direction and the general road map. You don' t have to know the specific details of every road at the start. As your travel the course, some of the details will present themselves based on where you are at the time. Knowing where you are going is critical, but adjusting to the changes, as needed,  is also critical.

The key is to have a course and to change it, willingly, as needed.

We may not like the change, we may want to resist it, and we may do so. We may ignore the request for change as, for us, the change is not needed, and we are willing to accept the consequences of going forth with our existing plan. That is an option and, at times, the best option.  We don't just change on the whim of another person.

Embrace the change when it's necessary. Don't fight, don't fret, don't be a victim. You are in control, exercise that control, change the course as it best suits you based on the current circumstances.


QUESTIONS for 2013

write your answers

What has to change for it to be a great year?

How will I make the change?

Who do I want to help me and to hold me accountable?

What are my top 5 goals?

What do I have to stop doing?

What do I have to start doing?

What control do I need to take back?

What risks have I avoided that I need to take this year?

If I could not fail, what would I truly want to do?

Is this the year for me to be my best self?

What do I have to change to be excited about my life?

What adventures do I want in 2013?

If I died this year, would I be satisfied with the life I have lived?