Talk Is Cheap

What you are actually doing is speaking so loudly that I canít hear what you are saying. You are caught in the paralysis of analysis. A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.


All of these adages have been around for a long time for one simple reason, they are true. The trick is to give enough consideration to a task, decision or project so you make wise decisions, but not so much analysis that you never actually begin. I would like to offer a time proven formula to help you get moving after an appropriate amount of thoughtfulness. We all get bogged down with lifeís demands, work, family, community, etc. and many of those time commitments are fixed and cannot be adjusted. God gives each of us 24 hours each day; how we spend it is largely up to us. What I am addressing here is how we can accomplish the things we really want to do.

The methodology described below has been taught in business classes, corporations and churches for as long as I can remember. The one below was offered in a course Sweet Janice and I recently completed. You are never too old to learn something new, or at least be reminded of what you already knew.



SMART Letter



S - Specific

A SMART goal should be documented and expressed clearly and simply

I want to make and contribute spinning tops to my turning club's Toys for Kids program this year.

M - Measurable

A SMART goal should be measurable in terms of quantity, quality or time

I will finish by Dec. 1st.

A - Achievable

A SMART goal should be "out of reach but within sight." You can reasonably achieve it through wisdom and faith

Although I would like to make 1,000 tops, I can commit to 200 tops

R - Realistic

A SMART goal should be realistic given all your other commitments and responsibilities

I will find 1 hour each day to work on this project. I am a morning person so I'll arise 1 hour early each day until I reach my goal.

T - Time Framed

A SMART goal should have a timeframe or date by which you will achieve the goal

My pace is 4 tops each hour so I will need 50 hours to complete this task. I must begin not later than October 1st. If I begin September 1st I will have some wiggle room and still meet my goal.


What would you like to accomplish this year? What items have you always wanted to learn to make, but haven't taken the time to learn? Find a class and sign up now. If you are good enough to sell your items make plans for the coming holiday season, fall craft festivals, or perhaps exhibit at a few shows this summer. Start now making family Christmas gifts. Maybe this is the year you partipate in the AAW National Symposium in Atlanta, Ga. Make plans and begin to set funds aside now. It is up to you.

Here is my inspiration for this message:

Prov 14:23 ​​​​​​​In all hard work there is profit, ​​​​​​but merely talking about it only brings poverty.

Prov 11:14 ​​​​​​​When there is no guidance a nation falls, ​​​​​​but there is success in the abundance of counselors.


Travel Log:

Sweet Janice and I have returned safe and sound from Milwaukee where we continue to escape the usual cold winter temperatures. We didn't make it to the Harley Davidson Museum this trip, perhaps next season. Next it is off to Tampa, Fl and shorts. We always go early and soak our tootsies in the Gulf of Mexico. There are some wonderful shops and art galleries in St. Pete we only get to visit once each year. Hope to see those of you who can make it by the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend.


Website Update:

Sweet Janice and I canít thank you enough for your continued support and purchases via the web site.


I have temporarily suspended some items we manufacture in-house because it is impossible to meet your expectations for shipment and delivery with our current travel schedule. The last show of this season is in Kansas City, Mo April 8-10th. We will re-list everything after that. Keep the emails and prayers coming.






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