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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, May 9, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Power of Abundance 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Make Your Email More Effective    
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   12 Secrets to Staying Young!

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1. The One-Minute TIP

We are all tempted to be "on the go" all the time. Highly
effective people understand the difference between doing
"more" and doing a few things (the RIGHT things)
extraordinarily well. To attract more joy and create more
success, try doing LESS, but doing it with more enthusiasm
and passion. I think you'll like the results.

2. Welcome Notes

As I discuss below, this has been an unusually busy week
and that is a "mixed bag." We got a lot of things done, but
didn't have as much fun as we would like, and that really
drove home the importance of simplicity, focus and living
according to our values. We aren't "there" yet, but it's a
worthy goal!

I love Steven Covey's emphasis on doing "first things
first." For me, time as a couple, time to read, time to
enjoy nature and time to work are vitally important. It's
always interesting when our "have-to's" cause us to ignore
our most important priorities. While it always seems so
tempting, have you noticed how it never seems to work out

On a positive and exciting note, we shipped the workbooks
and handouts for the World-Class Life(tm) Conference to
Wisconsin this week, and my book went to the printer, so we
have lots to celebrate.

And, one morning as Cody and I took our morning walk (we
have to get the sun out of bed!) I noticed how "suddenly"
the trees have leafed out. It seemed like yesterday it was
early spring, the trees were budding and the flowers were
just beginning to sprout, and all the sudden the hills are
really GREEN, the trees are full, and summer is almost
here. What a miracle! What a source of joy and beauty.
Wherever you are, take a walk this week, and be grateful.

3:  The Power of Abundance 

Several years ago my friend and mentor, Thomas Leonard,
wrote about the "Laws of Attraction." Beyond luck or
chance, or even hard work, he thought there were specific
attitudes and actions that literally "attract" success and joy.

He created 28 "Laws" or principles to attract success to
our lives. He felt one of the most important of these
"laws" was a sense of abundance, and keeping plenty of
"reserves" in our lives. He felt that when our lives are
simple and clean, and we have time and energy and clarity,
wonderful things happen to us, and when we are stressed and
rushed and confused, life gets much, much harder.

I had a powerful reminder of that this week.

This has been an unusually hectic week, and while we've
accomplished a great deal, it hasn't been much "fun", and I
would not call the week very successful.

We are doing some remodeling, so the place has been full of
contractors and confusion. I had an out-of-town workshop,
so I was gone part of the time, and we are getting ready
for the World-Class Life(tm) Conference in Wisconsin. Mary
had some extra work to do, and all the "stuff" piled up on us.

The good news is that the workshop went well, we made some
money, the contractors did good work, and we achieved
several of our goals around the house, but is that "the
good life"? By itself, I don't think so.

We found ourselves bickering - nothing major, just snapping
at each other and being cranky. We slept less and ate on
the run. We have traditions of coffee together in the
morning and sitting on the deck or by the fireplace at the
end of the day, but this week we "didn't have time", and we
missed it. It wasn't fun around here!

The dilemma is that we accomplished a lot of "things," but
haven't enjoyed ourselves in the process. Yes, the
contractors have almost finished their work and several
projects are checked off our goal list, and we kept some
commitments and made a few dollars. In terms of
traditional, rational goals, it's been a GREAT week! So why
doesn't it feel better?

Thomas would have said the problem is that we lost our
sense of "reserves."

"Reserves" was his term for a bit of time to relax at the
end of the day, or the emergency fund that gives security
and peace of mind. Reserves are having a bit of energy to
laugh, and the time to enjoy a good story. Reserves are
about extra "margins" around life, and avoiding the sense
of stress, pressure and complexity that rob us of our joy.

Thomas believed that it is the sense of abundance, the
sense of having a little "extra" that literally attracts
long-term success. It's the time and energy to return phone
calls or pay attention to a client, or to show up rested,
refreshed and energized that makes all the difference.

Attending MORE meetings is not as helpful as attending
fewer meetings but being fully present, relaxed and "ready"
for the ones we do attend. Doing "more" is probably not as
important as doing a few things extraordinarily well, doing
them with joy, and doing them with style, gusto and

We are all tempted to be "on the go" all the time. Highly
effective people understand the difference between doing
"more" and doing a few things (the RIGHT things)
extraordinarily well. To attract more joy and create more
success, try doing LESS, but doing it with more enthusiasm
and passion. I think you'll like the results.

4. Quotes of the Week

"In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness
that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy."
                                          -- Albert Clarke

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to
add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
                                          -- Antoine de St. Exupery

"The time is always right to do what is right."
                                          -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time."
                                          -- Margery Williams

5. Strictly Business:   Make Your Email More Effective

Email has transformed the way we communicate. About 90% of
my business communication is done via email. At the same
time, of course, "spam" and junk mail have made all of our
lives more difficult. Because of this, it is essential to
use email effectively, and be certain your communications
get noticed. Here are some suggestions:

1. Use virus protection! We receive at least one virus per day,
and our virus protection is continuously up- dated. We use
Norton SystemWorks, but McAfee and others are also
excellent. Buy one, and make sure it is up-dated every week.

2. Use plain text. Most email programs allow you to send
email as an HTML page, or as plain text. Unfortunately,
lots of beginners use HTML because it seems "prettier" or
more complex. But HTML takes more bandwidth and wastes
time. Would you send a business letter on pretty, flowered
stationery? I didn't think so. Adjust your "Options" to
send plain text. It's more professional and more respectful.

3. Address the recipient. Take a moment to greet the
person you are writing by name. You wouldn't ignore someone
when you meet them in person. Don't do it with your email,

4. Sign your letter. We have a policy of ignoring
anonymous email. Assuming that the "from" field tells me
who sent it is like refusing to sign a letter because your
return address is on the outside of the envelope! Take a
moment to start with "Dear Phil", and type your name at the

5. Use punctuation and check your spelling. Your email
represents you, and you want to demonstrate professionalism,
courtesy and respect. The slight extra time doesn't "cost,"
it pays. A friend of mine insists on sending email as sloppy,
quick "notes" and I am convinced that they cost him, big time!
Put your best work into every communication.

Courtesy and thoughtfulness go a long way. Take a moment to
make sure your email shows you in the best possible light!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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work so hard, we forget who we are or where we're going or
why it matters. I hope you can join us, but whether you
come to Wisconsin, take time for yourself! Take time to
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7. Humor:    12 Secrets to Staying Young!

As I lose my hair and the hair I have left turns gray - not
that any of that has happened to me personally, you
understand! <grin> - I'm always looking for ways to stay
young. Certainly, as I culture we much prefer to glorify
images of youth rather than honor images of maturity, age
and wisdom, so here you go:

1. Remember, there is no way you can look as bad as that
person on your driver's license.

2. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age,
weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That
is why you pay them.

3. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

4. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle
mind is the devil's workshop," and the devil's name is

5. Enjoy the simple things.

6. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for

7. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. Be ALIVE
while you are alive.

8. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's
family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge.

9. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it
is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can
improve, get help.

10. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, or to
a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

11. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every

12. Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.


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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