Thursday, January 15, 2015
                                      Winter Edition 273
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

- T S Eliot

"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility."

- Albert Einstein     


"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved."


-Jeremy Kitson


"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."


-George Bernard Shaw  




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OK, I met a goal for 2015 already.  It was to take a family vacation the first week of January. Don't laugh. It was a goal, it was accomplished, and it was great.  Goals can and should be fun too!

I told myself I would "try" not to look at my email for three days while I was away. Of course, I failed.  I set myself up to fail as I did not want to turn it off. Should I have? Sure. Did I? No.

If it meant enough to me I could have. It meant more to me to be connected, so I stayed connected. It's that simple. Maybe someday I'll want to disconnect. If so, I'll do it then.  

Yes, I'm anxious to work on the rest of my goals for 2015. However, they are scheduled, and right now is vacation - recharging - time, so I am not worrying about them. They will be waiting when I return. Now is the time to be with my family on our favorite island, St John. 

Every day is new if you make it so. Yesterday is a memory, good or bad, and you can only change how you see it. Today is the only day you can change, you can charge forth, you can actually live.

Let's live each day to it's fullest in 2015. Let's do more of what we want to do. Let's do what feels good. Let's accomplish what's been on our minds. Let's make our dreams a reality.  We can. We should. We will,  if we allow ourselves to do so.

Live 2015 as an adventure, a gift to be used. Life itself is a gift.


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Don't try. Don't say, "I'LL TRY".

To say, "I'll try", means I doubt I can do it, so I'll tell you, "I'll try", and I already have an excuse for my failure. I've given myself a way out.

Say, "I'll do it."   No escape, no excuse, no turning back. You have to do it. You have to succeed.

When you say, "I'll do it", you have set yourself up for success. It's like the sea captain burning the ships at the shore. There is no retreat. One must move forward and succeed.

When you tell someone, "I'll try", you are not committed to the project. You doubt you can do it, or you just don't want to do it. It's that simple. You have announced you doubt that you'll meet the goal.

"I'll do it."  Now, that's a commitment, it's strong and it sets you up to do it, to do what it takes, to get it done. It feels good.

Saying, "I'll do it", puts you in a frame of mind to make a plan to do it and to set the timetable as well as making the time in your schedule to do it. It feels good, you feel the progress even before you start the execution.

You have a plan, a track to run on. Sure, it'll change, and you'll have to make adjustments. But, it's started, it has a framework, it feels good, and you know what is next. You know the steps and you only have to execute them.

It's January 2015, and you may or may not have set your goals. Ideally you have first decided what to eliminate, have gotten rid of clutter, and made time and space for what matters in 2015. If not, do that first.

Get rid of the clutter, decide what you no longer want to do and delete it if possible, if not, delegate it, or hire someone to do it.  Make time and space.

Now, what do you truly want to accomplish in 2015?  Make a list.  Reduce the list to no more than 10 items.  

Write the goal, then why it's important, and then the timeline during the year of the steps you will take by what date to accomplish the goal. Block out the time on your schedule as needed.

Writing the goal, why it's important, and then putting it in the schedule makes it real and there is a plan to accomplish it. Then, follow the plan. Sure, you'll need to adjust it, but that's OK.  Follow the plan and adjust as needed.

Read your goals once a day. When you miss a day, and you will, just read them the next day. Be sure you are on track. When you get off track, just adjust to get back on. Don't beat yourself up. Just do the work.

Let's face it, we all waste at least an hour a day. Some of us a lot more. If it's important, there is always time.

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