Thursday, April 11, 2013
                                      Spring Edition 248
russell_newRussell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator


 "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
Dale Carnegie

"Whatever road you take there is always a mile of bad road."

-Spanish Proverb



"A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have."  


-Thomas Jefferson 

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of
things which matter least."   

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Ahoy Captain 

Last week my article referred to my sailboat racing team and the fact that each one was smarter  than I in a given area, if not many, many areas.

One called to tell me that I did not always listen to him. He was wrong. I listened, but I did not always react immediately. When being guided and taught by another, we still have to filter the recommendations as to what fits us. Not what we want, but what we truly feel is right for us.  

I was with a professional and I heard him say 'impossible'. He wasn't sure he could complete the task. He then found the solution and made it a success. Impossible is possible. It takes effort, expertise, and the willingness to stick to it until it's a success. That is the mark of a true professional.

Today is the 101st day of the year. What do you have to show for it? What will you have to show for the next 100 days?  If not enough then consider an accountability coach. You'll be amazed at what you can do. Amazed!

Speaking of numbers, this month we will issue our 250th newsletter.

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I'm tired.

This week I have been tired. Why, I've even taken a nap while caring for my five year old grandson.  It's easy; put on a show he likes, have him sit on the couch with me, and I can nap, half asleep, knowing he's beside me. It works. Just don't tell his mother!

Occasionally we all get tired, run down and out of gas. Too few of us take the time to stop. We push on, we keep doing.

Let's face the facts. When we are tired, we are not as sharp, our decisions are not as good, and our creativity falls to zero. We might pretend to work, to continue on, but we are not working effectively. We are not good for our job, to ourselves, or to our families.

If you are tired, stop. Take a rest, take a nap. Just stop. You'll find that a fifteen minute nap will leave you refreshed, with energy, and the ability to continue on.  You'll be far more productive than if you continued to work without the nap.

Many famous people took naps. Thomas Edison was one of them. Often our best ideas come in dreams or as we awake in the morning. We don't have to be sitting at a desk, or in a meeting to be working.

 When I am tired, I look for the reasons why. Here are some reasons:

Working too hard
Not getting enough sleep
Not resting
Immune system run down
Change of seasons
Running after and keeping up with kids
Change of season

Personally, there is always so much to do, I can't imagine being bored. Yet, some people are bored and, with nothing to do, they feel tired.

Ideally, life is so full and interesting, we get tired as we are doing so much. An active life is a wonderful life. The old saying is true, "if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it."

Sometimes our body slows us down on purpose. Sometimes we need to slow down in order to listen, to feel, and to know the right answers for us. Racing around, we miss so much.

Being tired, we stop. In the stopping, in the resting, we are apt to see and learn that which we never saw or learned as we were racing around.

If tired for more than a few day it's good to go to the doctor to be checked out. No one likes to go to the doctor, but it is a good idea. It can only help.

Pay attention to the sign of being tired. There is a message and an indication you need to slow down. In the slowing down, you will understand the message and be able to better move forward for having slowed down.