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Beyond the Lands of Shoulda, Coulda & Woulda …

Just outside my office is a huge sign that takes up an entire wall :

Somewhere out there beyond the lands of Shoulda, Coulda and Woulda is a place where the living is easy and the challenge is to always catch your limit. That is the exact place where Catch Your Limit is located. It’s dedicated to fish tales, good times and the serious business of helping our clients to catch their limits. We not only guide you to catch your limit … we clean your catch for good measure. The only thing that is off limits at Catch Your Limit is making excuses.

And, as the end of the year nears, I look at this sign and can’t help but reflect on the fish tales, the good times and all of the hard work and accomplishments of 2009. I think about what we’ve accomplished and what we haven’t. And, it’s the list of what we haven’t done that I just can’t shake.

When I think about that list, I can come up with a million great reasons (a.k.a. excuses) why some things just aren’t done or why we haven’t taken the time. But, I’ll be damned if I want that list following me into the New Year. So, what are we going to do about it?

Well, next week, every ><((“> team member is making a “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda List” for themselves, their teams and our organization. We’ll compile the list and create a plan to divide and conquer. And, for the areas that are going to require some real brainpower or simply uninterrupted time, we’re scheduling time on the calendar between now and the end of the year to devote to tackling this list.

So, if you’re like me, and part of “catching your limit” means starting next year feeling “caught up,” make your “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda List”, prioritize it and get going.

And, don’t forget, is just a click away. Think of our site as a virtual fish camp having non-stop rocking chairs, the freshest air you’ve ever breathed and a view that lets you see the other side of the universe.

And, if you need some help making lists, check out this site:

><(("> Melissa Laughon

Melissa is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management consulting firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit

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