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There are at least 301 words with 11 or fewer letters in the English language that contain the word SHIP.

Go to, type S H I P, and add up the results. Some of them are common words you might use every day, such as “worship,” “shipyard,” “penmanship,” and “ownership.”

Some are a bit less common, words like “shiplap,” “lordship,” “township,” and “shipwright.”

And there are also some I'd never heard of, including “duennaship,” “skaldship,” “chelaship,” and “shippon.”

Overcoming Uncertainty

But of all those words, the most important one to help you find certainty in today's uncertain world isn't even on the list.

Here's a hint:

Consider what you need to prepare for the new year and whatever happens next. And yes, I mean what you must do right now, even though you're unsure what's coming.

Let's face it: we're all in a state of uncertainty. We don't know what will happen with the economy, climate , world politics, or the upcoming election. The only thing we're sure about is that there will be lots more turmoil and confusion, and there's a good chance that things could get worse before they get better.

The actions we will have to take – and the pivots we will have to make – will require know-how, vision, and courage. And one more thing. Because while we don't know what's waiting for us right around the corner, we do know that we have to keep moving forward to try and find our way.

Overcoming Uncertainty

Do you remember the last time you went to the circus? Remember craning your neck up to watch the trapeze artists? Remember how scared you were for them as they hurled themselves into the air and sailed through the sky until their teammates caught them?

To do that, they needed the same three things you need to find your way to through all the uncertainty you're seeing all around you:

  1. Know-how. Think of their know-how the same way you think of your job skills. Just like the trapeze artists know exactly how to time their swings and properly grab their teammates' wrists, you know how to do your job and apply your skills, talents, experience, and conditioning to get your tasks done, too.
  2. Vision. Vision is your ability to see around corners, to figure out what will happen before it does. The men and women swinging back and forth above our heads can see their troupe members' outstretched hands long before they're in place. Likewise, you can predict what will happen to your clients, patients, customers, audience, or whoever else you provide services for long before the to help presents itself.
  3. Courage. Imagine the courage it takes for aerialists to fling themselves into the air hundreds of feet above the ground with only the expectation that someone will be there to catch them. You show the same courage every time you throw yourself into the marketplace and put your reputation, finances, and, let's face it, your ego on the line. Failing might not be as fatal as falling, but it still hurts.

Overcoming Uncertainty

Beyond those three attributes, there's one more thing that both you and the trapeze artists depend on to accomplish goals and achieve success. And that gets us back to the most valuable “ship” word.


Now is the perfect time to create, build, enhance, and strengthen your relationships. Because no matter what's coming next, we can all face it better together, thanks to our relationships.

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