Thursday, August 21, 2014
                                      Summer Edition 267
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will
never begin."

- Grace Hansen   


"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."


-Earl Nightingale


"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll;
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."


James Allen 




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Read the 13 Keys below. They are the highlight of my newest workbook. Be sure to get a copy. It's priceless.

WOW, lots of feedback to the article in the last newsletter about rushing. Here's the comment from my strategic assistant of many years: "...working for you didn't slow down my life either.  If you weren't running around the office.. "  

If you did not read it, you can right here.

I'm at the golf club two or three days a week with my grandson taking both tennis and golf lessons. Amazingly, some of my golf friends are surprised I am with him rather than golfing with the guys. Truly, I'm the lucky one. They are great, but me, I have the privilege of helping a grandchild. I can golf anytime.  How about you?

As you read this, I am returning from a sailing adventure with close friends. We vacation several times a year with the same couple and have been doing so for thirteen years.  Most years we take a sailing trip and also a ski trip.  Yet, each year we change, we change where we go and how we learn and grow, ideally getting better each year. We are now better skiers and better sailors.

With my grandsons back in school, I have more time to work. I'm willing to add two clients from September through December. If you want to achieve you goals, gain clarity, and have an accountability coach, hit reply and ask me to call you to discuss the possibilities. It'll be one of your better decisions this year.



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Nothing Changes Until You Change   

Nothing changes until you change. 

How many days have you lived this year? No, not the number of days to date in this year. The number of days you engaged with life and lived it.

Often, we don't change, we go through the routine of life, one day exactly like the previous one. If we don't change, if we follow the routine day in and day out, we are living one day over and over.

Living one day over and over is not living, it's not engaging in life, and it's not taking advantage of the time given us on earth.

Life is to be lived, to be embraced, and to be used.

If we don't change nothing changes. If nothing changes, we don't grow, we don't learn, and we don't take advantage of all that is offered to us.  We waste time, and time is all we have.

Change. Change your routine. Change your habits. Change who you are and who you believe you are. You are who you think you are. So, change your vision of yourself and all else will change.

We live our vision of who we believe we are. If we believe we are learning, growing, and advancing, we will. We will do those actions needed to prove to ourselves and the world we are who we believe we are. Hence, with the right vision, we engage with life, we enjoy life, and we live it to the fullest.

So, who are you? What is your vision of yourself? If you don't like where you are, or what you are doing, realize that it is because that is your current vision of yourself.

Yes, you can change the vision of who you are. You can change it in an instant, and then you can and will live to that vision, making the change necessary as long as that vision is strong enough and you believe it.

Notice your peers who have achieved success. Are they smarter than you are? Better looking? Harder working? Probably not. But, how did they achieve such success? It wasn't luck. It wasn't that they were better than you were.

It was their belief, the belief in who they were. They just changed and did what was needed to live to that vision. That is all you have to do.

First is the belief. Second is the change. Now if you have the belief and your actions are not taking you in the right direction, it's just an indication you need to change your actions. Change your actions until they produce the result of who you know you are.

I knew, I believed I was going to sell my business and become a writer and coach. It took a year longer than I expected. The year felt like ten years. It dragged, I wondered, and I even began to question. Yet, I knew I would sell it, and I knew it would work out.  

It did, just not as fast as I would have liked. Yet, in the end, it was the right deal and worth the wait.

Change, but don't force it. Change, and allow the wheel of good fortune to catch up.

You can't change your eating and exercise habits and expect to be thin and toned in a week. It takes months and months. Yet, it works, with the change you make progress each day.  Finally, you look in the mirror, see the change, and you are pleased.

Change and things will happen. Change and your world will change to the one you envision.