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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
January 1, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Set It Free in 2003!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:   
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: More on The One Minute manager 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

We cannot know all that will happen in the coming year.
What you can control are your attitudes and your actions,
so invest in yourself. Read and go to workshops. Take
classes, and take action. Set your goals, devise the best
plans you can, and then go forward. Take baby steps when
appropriate, even go backwards when you must, but never stop
moving. Your goals, and your life, are too important. In
2003, take action! Set it free in 2003!

2. Welcome Notes

Happy New Year! As I wrote last Sunday, I love transitions
- you never know what a new opportunity, new situation or
new year might bring. Like a gift-wrapped box full of
surprises, the New Year is waiting to be opened and
enjoyed. I hope the new year brings you health, wealth,
joy and satisfaction beyond measure!

Over 200 people sent suggestions and comments about re-
naming TIP's, and you'll notice there is a change at the
top of the newsletter. From now on our "name" will be a
phrase that varies slightly from week to week. Today, the
name is "Tips for Extraordinary Living". Next week, it may
be "Tips for Daily Excellence" or "Tips for Peak
Performance", but it will always start with the word,
"Tips" and go from there.

This fixes the grammar problem we had with "TIP's", which
cause grammarians no end of headaches. Secondly, it allows
me to vary the header from week to week, which should be
fun. And third, I think the phrases will more accurately
reflect the variety and focus we're trying to convey. I
hope you like it.

Now, about the contest! Unfortunately, no one suggested
this exact solution, although dozens of people contributed
to it. So, how to choose a winner? There were about 20
ideas that we seriously considered and I'll put those
people's names in a hat and Mary will pick one. The winner
will get a certificate to, a set of my tapes and
other great goodies! Thanks to all of you for your
wonderful suggestions!

Finally, as we enter a new year, I want to remind each of
us to live it to our very, very best. Expect more of
yourself, and of others. Have more fun. Go further, reach
higher. Try stuff. Laugh every day, and love a lot. Make
this truly, "The BEST Year Ever!"

3:  Set It Free in 2003!

I only send a few "bonus" issues each year, always to share
or acknowledge something of unusual importance, and nothing
seems more important to me than planning the life you truly

It's New Year's Day, and everyone is busy, and most
subscribers may not even check email or look at this issue,
but for those who do, I want to send the most passionate
invitation I can to take ACTION this year! Plan wisely,
get great advice, do all the usual preparations and so
forth, but in the end, make it a year of ACTION!

All my coaching clients have heard me say, "nothing changes
until something changes", and I love that phrase. It
motivates me, it makes me smile, and it reminds me that to
make anything better, I must do SOMETHING. I must try
something. I must take ACTION.

It does not necessarily have to be brilliant action, or
even smart action, but nothing changes until I try
something new or different. The key is movement and
determined, focused, persistent activity.

There is always a bit of risk in suggesting specific
actions for other people. I'm not smart enough to always
choose the best course of action for my own life, so
recommending activities for other people is extremely
risky. Nevertheless, they say "fools rush in where angels
fear to tread", so here goes. In 2003 make a point to:

1. Read! Your future will look exactly like your past
except for the things you learn and the people you meet.
Read every day. Read biographies of people you admire.
Read self-help and motivational books to keep you going.
Read how-to books for information and solutions. Read
novels for fun, but read.

2. Listen to tapes and take courses! I am amazed at the
statistics on how little most people invest in themselves
and their quality of life. Spend a few dollars and a few
hours listening to the best information you can find. Go
to the seminars and workshops. Learn from the experts.

3. Sit still. I sit and write every morning, and it makes
a difference. That may not be your style, but find a way
to sit and reflect. Take time to sit and plan. Take time
to sit still and notice your own life.

4. Dream. Never permit anyone to make the phrase, "you're
a dreamer" anything less than a supreme compliment. Dream
big! Dream often! Dream in living color, in rich detail
and share your dreams with people who understand, and who
have even bigger dreams of their own. Dream every day.

5. Invest wisely. Invest time in yourself and in your
loved ones. Invest your money in education, in your
business and in your future. Time cannot be "managed", it
is merely invested in activities - invest wisely.

6. Plan carefully. Most people do not plan their lives,
and that is tragic. They may dream, and they may scheme,
but they fail to plan and then wonder why their dreams
never came true. Planning and strategy are key. Write
your plans on paper. Review them often. Adjust them when

7. Live every day. This brings us back to ACTION. With
dreams and plans and education and great coaching, the only
missing ingredient is unrelenting, persistent, determined,
energetic ACTION! Make the calls. Do the work. Try a new
way, but keep moving forward UNTIL. There is no substitute
for living and working and moving every single day.

We cannot know all that will happen in the coming year.
What you can control are your attitudes and your actions,
so invest in yourself. Read and go to workshops. Take
classes, and take action. Set your goals, devise the best
plans you can, and then go forward. Take baby steps when
appropriate, even go backwards when you must, but never stop
moving. Your goals, and your life, are too important. In
2003, take action! Set it free in 2003!

4. Quotes of the Week

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
                                              -- Colette

"The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those
which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity."
                                              -- Helen Rowland

"We would worry less about what others think of us if we
realized how seldom they do."
                                              -- Ethel Barrett

"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
                                              -- Mae West

5. Strictly Business:  

<< This section skipped for this New Year's Bonus issue >>

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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how! Isn't it time you took ACTION to achieve your
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7. Humor:   More on The One Minute Manager 

TIPS subscriber, John Mogavero, sent me this and it made me
chuckle. I love stuff like this, and never tire of the
many subscribers who forward jokes and word-plays and
silliness to me! I hope you enjoy it!

Several cannibals were recently hired by a big corporation.
"You are all part of our team now", said the HR rep during
the welcoming briefing. "You get all the usual benefits
and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but
please don't eat any of the other employees."

The cannibals promised.

Four weeks later their boss remarked, "You're all working
very hard and I'm satisfied with you. However, one of our
secretaries has disappeared. Do any of you know what
happened to her"?

The cannibals all shook their heads no.

After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals said
to the others, "Which one of you idiots ate the secretary?"

A hand raised hesitantly, to which the leader of the
cannibals continued, "You fool! For four weeks we've been
eating Managers and no one noticed anything, but
nooooooooo, you had to go and eat the secretary!"


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
Resources for Success!
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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