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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, February 1, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Time to Renew, Refresh and Re-Charge
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Goals, Projects and Resolutions   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Best Bad Headlines!

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Do yourself an enormous favor and schedule a personal
retreat. Get your calendar, take a look and block out the
time. Then do two absolutely CRITICAL things: 1) put down a
non-refundable deposit, and 2) tell someone what you've
done! You deserve time for renewal. You deserve time to
assess and affirm your direction in life, and if you don't
do it for yourself, no one will do it for you.

2. Welcome Notes

The Super-Bowl is finally here! I'm no football fan, but
even I know this is about as big as any holiday in
America, so here's hoping you have a great time, share
it with friends, and may your favorite team win!

This past week has been a fairly normal work week, but last
weekend I was at the coast (see below) and had a wonderful
time watching a winter storm, reading and writing. Probably
because I grew up hiking and camping, the power of nature
always inspires me. In TIPS I often mention the joy I get
watching a sunrise or walking with my dog, and I urge you
to get outside and feel the wind on your face every day.
For me, there's nothing like it.

And, yesterday I mailed another issue of BEST BOOKS, my
occasional, strictly personal newsletter of book reviews
and recommendations. At the coast, I read John Le Carre's
new book, "Absolute Friends" and while it's dark and spooky,
it is also a great ride! Give yourself a treat and pick up
a copy. If you would like a copy of my periodic musings
and book recommendations, anyone can subscribe by sending
an email to our autoresponder at:

Finally, I want to invite you to our World-Class Life

I just announced this two weeks ago, and as of
Friday, 34% of our space is already sold! Our first
registration arrived only 33 minutes after TIPS went out
two weeks ago, so people are clearly waiting for this and
are excited about it. Check it out, and for goodness sake,
join us! This is my favorite, most passionate Conference of
the year. I delight in it, and I would love to have you
participate. Get all the info and sign up at:

3:  Time to Renew, Refresh and Re-Charge 

The great Vince Lombardi said, "Fatigue makes cowards
of us all," and while that is true, I think there is a far
greater cost for the pace, stress and fatigue of modern
life. It is not so much that we are "cowards" as that the
grind of modern life makes us careless.

There is a terrific line in "The Great Gatsby" where Nick
looks across the water toward the famous green light on
Daisy's dock and warns that "they are careless people."
Nick's concern is that Daisy and her friends are so busy
having fun and doing exciting things that they have grown
careless about their lives, and he is right. Eventually,
they lose their way.

As a teenager I had the good fortune of attending a
wilderness camp where they sent us into the woods, alone,
for three days. Most of my friends found it frightening,
but I remember noticing what a tremendous source of renewal
it was. I took notes and thoroughly enjoyed the time with
nature - although I'm sure the hunger must have seemed
cruel at the time.

Ever since then, I have made a point to take time each
year, strictly for renewal. Many years, I am able to take
three or four such trips, and they have been some of the
most valuable and most exciting investments I've ever made.

Last week was one of those times. I took off for three days
alone, before Mary joined me for the weekend. I went to the
Oregon coast, where Mother Nature provided an exquisite
winter storm, complete with rain, howling winds and high
surf. It was quite a show and I was flattered that She
would do all that just for me! The storm made it impossible
to do anything but sit by the fire, read, write, ponder,
and occasionally bundle up, duck outside and come back
deliciously cold, wet and ready for hot chocolate.

The point is that we all need time to gain perspective, get
our bearings and re-set our priorities. Too often, our world
does not encourage this, and we are the poorer for it.

By law, we require pilots, truckers, doctors and many other
professions to take time off and rest. We know that fatigue
causes mistakes, even catastrophe.

The investigations of the Columbia space shuttle disaster
do not focus on any one mistake or engineering failure, but
as I read the reports, the problem was complacency,
familiarity, and careless assumptions. There had been so
many safe flights, no one took the extra time and it
resulted in tragedy.

We talk about "not being able to see the forest for the
trees" and there is the famous phrase from Peter Drucker
about "climbing the ladder of success, only to find it was
leaning against the wrong wall."

We do not want to lose our way! We do not want to be
careless about our lives, our priorities, our values, our
time, or our choices.

High achievers have always known the value of time to plan,
time to organize and check their direction in life. Winners
know where they are going and they take time to verify that
they are on-course and on-schedule.

I think earlier generations had it easier. They went
fishing, they baked cookies, went for long walks, sat on
the porch, or weeded the garden and in the process, they de-
cluttered their lives. We miss those things and unless we
make the investment, we can too-easily follow our routines
and do everything "right", only to end up off-course, far
from where we intended our lives to take us.

Do yourself (and everyone around you) an enormous favor and
schedule a personal retreat. Right now - do it! Get your
calendar, take a look and block out the time. Then do two
absolutely CRITICAL things: 1) put down a non-refundable
deposit, and 2) tell someone what you've done! You deserve
time for renewal. You deserve time to assess and affirm
your direction in life, and if you don't do it for
yourself, no one will do it for you.

    Here's a suggestion: If you need a personal retreat,
    please join us in Wisconsin for the World-Class Life(tm)
    Conference, May 20-22nd. It's an amazing couple of days
    in one of the world's most inspiring (and low-cost)
    retreat centers. Check it out!

4. Quotes of the Week

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
                                              -- Gandhi

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
                                              -- George Bernard Shaw

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
                                              -- Doug Firebaugh

"Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment
do to us, but in what we make out of what they do to us."
                                              -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

5. Strictly Business:   Goals, Projects and Resolutions

This is February 1st, and January has flown away. Are you
8% of the way to achieving your goals for the year?

Many people make casual New Year's Resolutions and quickly
forget them, and that's fine. It's a fun little exercise,
we all do it, and there's probably no harm.

But the setting and achieving of actual life-goals is very

I imagine the most TIP's subscribers wrote down specific
goals for the new year. I hope you reviewed your
performance from last year, and then I hope you sat down
with a calendar and a notebook, perhaps your checkbook or
other tools, and wrote down your most important goals,
projects and plans for `04.

So here we are, 30 days later. It's much too early to ask
if you have completed your goals. That will come later.
For now, the critical question is whether or not you have

Did you open that new savings account and put $100 in it?
Have you exercised as you said you would? Have you read
one or two good books, or taken your spouse on a weekly
date as you promised? Have you read your kids to sleep
this month, or made those extra sales calls each week?

Whatever your goals for the year, one of the most critical
assessment periods is NOW! At the half-way point, we'll
assess again. But this is 30 days into the new year, and
the question is, Have you begun?

I love the old saying that, "A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step." No matter what your goals, no
matter what promises or commitments you made, the most
important step is the first one. Review your behavior for
January, and take positive, specific steps in the direction
you want to go!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

   #1 The World-Class Life(tm) Conference
        May 20-22, 2004

As you can imagine, there is LOTS of buzz around this
thing! In just 12 days, we've sold over one-third of the
seats, which is phenomenal! Many of last year's
participants are coming back (that's an incredible
endorsement!), but why should you attend? In talking with
some colleagues this week they asked me what I thought was
driving the success of WCL and I suggested three things:

*** The well-rounded balance of the material. People are
looking for Conferences that address the whole person, on
balanced success in all areas of life, and we do that.

*** Second, the setting. Instead of trying to impress
folks with fancy destinations and high priced hotels, Green
Lake reflects our priorities of peace, beauty and balance,
and I think that attracts people. There's nothing wrong
with Orlando or Palm Springs, but I do think our setting
reflects the tone and values of the Conference, and that is
extremely attractive.

*** Third, keeping our price low so folks can participate,
relax and refresh without worrying about the cost. Even at
full-price (which I doubt anyone will pay since we'll be
full before that - and right now early registrations get a
whopping 45% OFF!), the WCL is less than half the cost of
other conferences, and the cost of transportation, lodging
and so forth are similarly low. That all makes the WCL a
bargain, and a realistic treat that folks can feel good about.

*** For details on our topics, speakers, agenda and photos
of this magnificent location (and to register!), visit:

#2 Transform Your Life!
The Sedona Method

(NOTE: Last week I had the wrong link to this wonderful
program, and I apologize for the confusion. Thanks to the
folks who let me know! Here is the correct link and I do
hope you'll check it out! It's a great program!)

People ask me how they can "really explode my success and
change my life", and after telling them there is no magic
bullet, I refer them to The Sedona Method(tm). This series
of tapes and workbooks is, without doubt, the MOST
successful, thorough and powerful program for taking charge
of your life that I have ever seen. I wish I had written
it! You can get a FREE initial tape to sample the program,
and for goodness sake, sign up for their free newsletter!
Their simple observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened
my eyes and was the beginning of a remarkable journey.
Very powerful stuff!

The program is not simple or cheap - you expected a quick
pill? It is comprehensive, orderly, and effective. Both
Mary and I have used it, and it works! Highly recommended!

#3 Add e-Commerce to Your Current Website!
(Passive income is a GOOD thing!)

I'm a "raving fan" of this system that makes it EASY to
sell my tapes, register people for my classes, and create
my affiliate program, and you can use the system FREE for
30 days! Don Schnure has an amazing system for helping me
make money without having to be a techno-wizard. I use the
shopping cart, the affiliate program (took less than an
hour to set up!), and the broadcast modules. It's so cool!
If you have a website, you NEED this set of tools to make
it pay for itself, and become a profit center for you!

#4 *** Check it Out!! *** "BEST BOOKS"
A No-Cost Resource

I read almost every day. Books and audio programs have
been a tremendous source of inspiration and power for me,
and now I want to share the best of the best with you.
Between my own reading and review copies authors send me, I
have a collection of over 2000 volumes and I want to share
some of the vast wisdom those authors have shared with me,
with you!

Every couple of weeks, more or less, I'll send an email
with my notes about the books I'm reading and, perhaps even
more exciting, I'll include notices about tremendous
BONUSES that some authors make available with their books.
Sometimes the bonuses are worth hundred dollars, just for
buying a great book! To get my reviews just send an email to:

7. Humor:    Best Bad Headlines!

Every now and then, someone sends me a batch of great
headlines and they always crack me up. I have no idea if
these are "real" or merely urban legends, but they are
funny! As I was putting the final touches on this week's
TIPS, Paul Vogt sent these to me and I had to pass them
along. Enjoy!

Crack Found on Governor's Daughter

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Iraqi Head Seeks Arms

Prostitutes Appeal To Pope

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

Teacher Strikes Idle Kids

Miners Refuse To Work After Death

Juvenile Court To Try Shooting Defendant

War Dims Hope For Peace

If Strike Isn't Settle Quickly It May Last A While

Cold Wave Linked To Temperatures

Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge

New Study of Obesity Looks For Larger Test Group

Astronaut Takes Blame For Gas In Spacecraft

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Chef Throws His Heart Into Helping Feed Needy

Local High School Dropouts Cut In Half

Hospitals Are Sued By 7 Foot Doctors


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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