Thursday, October 2, 2014
                                      Fall Edition 269
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

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

- Earl Nightingale

"One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse
to soar."

- Helen Keller     


"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a
sundial in the shade?"


-Ben Franklin


"What gets measured, gets done."


-Edward Deming  




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"Read your newsletter" was the response I received from my daughter when I was following up recently.  She was referring to the newsletter about rushing published on 7-31. She felt I was rushing her.

I write about what my clients need, what helps them, and what helps me. No, I don't always follow my writing, but I do try. Yes, I should try harder. We all should at times.

People are still downloading the 13 Keys so we will do another teleseminar.

October 9th
10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:30 p.m. EDT.

13 Keys TeleSeminar

Too often people become discouraged, and then they decide they can't, and they stop trying. Often, they stop one step away from success.  I have worked on a project for several years and it is complete as of 10-1-14. It took far more time than I estimated, yet it is now accomplished. Had I stopped, it would never have been accomplished.

So, get up, get going.   It's time.


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Why are you Discouraged?     

Why are you discouraged?  What's wrong?

We get discouraged for many reasons such as:

    have not reached desired goals
    people are not responding as we'd like them to
    can't lose weight
    can't find a job
    can't close that deal
    lost the sale
    had another fight with my spouse/partner

It's October now with Labor Day a fleeting memory. The end of the year is facing us. Now, what have we done year to date vs what we had planned? How can we ever catch up? Why did we waste so much time? Who is to blame? It's me!

Often we are discouraged, we work hard to blame others, yet the blame comes back to us. Did we make a poor choice? Did we chase the wrong person? Did we ignore the signs? Did we slack off?

OK, let's accept we are not where we want to be right now. Let's accept we could have or should have done more, done better. These are all in the past. We can't change the past.

So, it's October. Let's decide what we can and will do before the end of the year. If we have something to accomplish, let's make a plan, a real plan with dates to follow, so that we have a chance of accomplishing the goal. Better yet, hire or ask a friend to be your accountability coach and report to them weekly. You'll do better!

Use the discouragement to propel you forward. The frustration can provide the fuel to keep you going and succeeding.  Do it. Do it today.

While you are feelinging discouraged and bad for yourself, make a list. Make a list of what you are grateful for, what has worked, why you are so lucky.  Think, your abundance, your health, you family, your surrounding, your friends, and all the things that have gone right. Think of the good times.

What do you have to be grateful for?
    a job
    a savings account
    a house
    a car

You'll find yourself a little embarrassed for being so discouraged when so much has also gone well for you. The good things have been ignored as you have focused on the discouraging things. The discouraging things won't be so big, or so overwhelming, when you focus on the good things for which you should feel gratitude.

So, pick yourself up, realize how fortunate you are, and move forward. Keep moving forward. When you slip, pick yourself up and take one step forward.  You'll feel better.

Rather than dwell on that which causes you to be discouraged, why not focus on what you are grateful for. We are told to make a list daily of what we are grateful for.  Strangely, it works. It shows us how lucky we truly are.