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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
To Get More Done, Slow Down! 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   See and Seize Opportunity
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   A Frog Goes Into a Bank

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1. The One-Minute TIP

High achievers make their goals into a lifestyle. They
create a "way of life" that is built around their most
important values, their highest priorities. They live the
life they truly want, starting TODAY. They don't promise
that "someday" they'll slow down or write a book or take a
vacation. They pause and plan and create a life that
reflects their greatest desires and they do it TODAY.

Without clearly defined goals we end up wasting time and
energy, and yet as a practical daily matter, most of us are
not clear exactly what our most important priorities ought
to be. Watch for "The Power of Personal Priorities!"

2. Welcome Notes

Last week I had a chance to visit some of my clients,
spending Thursday with a couple of entrepreneurs and Friday
with a great speaker and writer in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
It is amazing how much can happen in a few hours away from
the "noise" of daily life! We talked, we ate, and we talked
seriously about their goals and the strategies to achieve them.
To Michael, Bari and Paul, thanks for a wonderful time and
for letting me be part of your success!

Having a coach and taking time to define your strategies
is a wonderful thing! Give yourself the gift of coaching to
achieve your most important priorities. I often recommend
attending the conferences, reading the books and talking with
experts. It doesn't "cost" - the ROI (return on investment)
is enormous!

And, here is a call to action: If you are ready for a coach
to get things done and create the life your truly want,
drop me an email at:

Let's talk about the possibilities and see what happens!

Finally, I want to talk very directly with my American
subscribers. In just 9 days we vote, and the election is
important. I completely favor the idea that everyone who
wishes to should vote, but I also believe voting is a
serious adult responsibility. Study the issues. Take time
to consider the alternatives. READ! Know where you stand
but also listen thoughtfully to someone who supports a
different point of view, and consider their arguments.

George Bush and John Kerry (in alphabetical order)
represent very different philosophies, different world-
views and different values. Vote wisely.

3:  To Get More Done, Slow Down! 

One of the great keys to high achievement is the ability to
focus. Most of us are capable of extraordinary things when
we focus our time, effort, talent and skills to achieve a
desired goal.

One of my favorite examples is the remarkable ability
teenagers have to spend time on the phone with their
friends. No matter how hard parents try to get them to do
their homework first, no matter how many other things
"distract" them, kids have a super-natural ability to find
a phone and connect with their friends. They know what they
want and they find a way - despite all the "obstacles" laid
down by parents and circumstances - to get it done.

If only we adults had that ability!

As a coach, I am frequently asked "how can I get more
done?" Clients and friends ask about the "secret" to being
more productive and then they tell me about all the
distractions, errands, interruptions and demands on their
time. They say they "can't" focus because of phone calls or
emails, because of running errands or the pressures of work.
Sound familiar?

Of course it does! We lead busy lives. We live in a world
of interruptions!

And so most of the time my answer to the people who ask
about becoming more productive is that, "I see no hope."

That is often a shock to them. It gets their attention and
we can begin having a discussion about what it DOES take to
focus our time and get stuff done.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

1. All cures begin with an accurate diagnosis, or as
Albert Einstein observed, few problems can be solved by the
kind of thinking that created them in the first place.

Too often our attempts at "time management" or "better
scheduling" remind me of "re-arranging deck chairs on the
Titanic." If life is too busy, start by asking who made it
that way - and consider a long look in the mirror.

2. Accept that most of our "have-to's" are actually
optional. Yes, it is nice to have lots of friends and lots
of activities, but it comes at a price. Very few things in
life are truly "necessary."

What are your most important priorities? List them, and if
your list has more than 4-5 items on it, ask yourself if
that really makes sense. Most of us can't handle a dozen
"priorities" and some things really are more important than
others. Less important things may have to go.

3. At all costs, slow down. Remember the old saying that
"when you find yourself in a hole, the least you can do is
stop digging!" Abraham Lincoln is supposed to have said
that, "If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend
the first 7 hours sharpening my ax," and that's a great
metaphor for PLANNING!

High achievers make their goals into a lifestyle. They
create a "way of life" that is built around their most
important values, their highest priorities. They live the
life they truly want, starting TODAY. They don't promise
that "someday" they'll slow down or write a book or take a
vacation. They pause and plan and create a life that
reflects their greatest desires and they do it TODAY.

4. Quotes of the Week

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
                                         -- Anne Frank

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep,
for every dream precedes the goal."
                                         -- Pamela Vaull Starr

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this
thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
                                         -- Mary Pickford

"The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to
paint the canvas of our lives."
                                         -- Louise Hay

5. Strictly Business:   See and Seize Opportunity

Great business advice comes from many sources and I want to
acknowledge some wisdom I've received from my dog, Cody.
Many people have observed that dogs can teach us a lot
about loyalty, patience, forgiveness and so forth. This
week Cody taught me about making the most of every
opportunity, no matter how slim.

Cody takes his job of protecting the house very seriously,
but he gets little help from the rest of his "pack." We
tell him not to bark, we tell him not to growl or threaten,
and it makes his job very difficult. We even limit his
ability to see danger coming, but that never stops him from
doing his best.

In the morning, he knows the importance of monitoring the
neighbor kids as they wait for the school bus, but his view
is limited to a very small "window of opportunity." From
one window in the dining room, he can peak underneath the
drapes, cock his head at an angle and almost see them
standing on the corner. He listens very carefully and from
that limited vantage point he guards us against malicious
trespassers or violent up-risings.

Later in the day, he lays flat on his belly and squints
underneath the railing on the deck to monitor the comings
and goings in the neighborhood, carefully noting neighbor
dogs or stray cats that may pose a threat.

His opportunities are severely limited. He receives little
support from "management" and no training or equipment of
any kind. His performance is often criticized, and yet he
has completed his mission without fail for several years.

How many of us can say the same thing? Too often
opportunity comes in tiny "windows of opportunity" and we
dismiss them as inadequate or insufficient. We don't get
the support we need, so we quit or give up, or spend our
energy whining rather than getting the job done.

Opportunity often comes disguised as hard work, so we miss
it. Sometimes it comes in small openings that most people
ridicule or dismiss.

But those are precisely the opportunities that great
leaders and high achievers see and seize. They recognize
the opening and they grab it, they make the most of it and
later, when they are rich or successful or famous or
powerful, we talk about how "lucky" they were.

See and seize every opportunity!

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7. Humor:    A Frog Goes Into a Bank

This joke should come with a warning label, because it is
soooo bad! Paul Vogt sent it to me (no way I'd send this
out with identifying the perpetrator!) but it made me laugh
and so now I'm inflicting it on you. Enjoy!

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can
see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

"Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday."

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The
frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick
Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with
some collateral.

The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny
porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and
perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult
with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called
Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to
borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral."

She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the
world is this?"

The bank manager looks back at her and says...

"It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His
old man's a Rolling Stone."


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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