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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Five Steps to A Great Life 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   Are We Half-Way There Yet?   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Strange Factoids

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1. The One-Minute TIP

In the end, we get what we think about most of the time.
Over time, our lives pretty much look like our days and if
you want to predict your future, look at your daily
activities. If there are things you need to change, change
them! If you need a coach, get one! If you need to set
better boundaries, re-affirm your values or assert your
priorities, do so! In life, we usually end up pretty much
where we are headed. Choose wisely, and day by day, do the
"little things" that make a great life.

2. Welcome Notes

I'm writing this on Tuesday, the first day of summer here
in the Northern Hemisphere and what a day it is! I'm on my
deck, it's about 79 degrees with a breeze in the trees and
Cody is asleep in the shade. Some days work is just a whole
lot more fun than others!

We all deserve to do work we love, work that utilizes our
talents and makes a real difference in the world. I don't
want to cause trouble, but if you aren't doing work that
suits you, look around and consider making a change. It
might be a change in your day job, or it might be
volunteering or making a difference in some other way, but
find a way to make a positive difference. This small planet
needs all the contributions we can give it!

On that note, I also want to remind you to invest in
yourself and your skills. This weekend I'll be in
Philadelphia with a group of colleagues talking about doing
our work and making a difference on the Internet. Never
miss an opportunity to grow, expand your world and connect
with wonderful people. "It doesn't cost, it pays!"

And finally, once again I want to express my delight for
the inquiries I've had about speaking to groups around the
world over the past few weeks. Since I announced my desire
to do more public speaking, perhaps twenty invitations have
come in and it looks like several of them will work out.
That's wonderful! I love talking to groups about values,
productivity, and achievement and if you'd like me to speak
to your group or organization, please contact me! My email

3:  Five Steps to A Great Life 

Most people know the phrase that we "become what we think
about all day long." In life, we tend to get what we focus
on, what we think about all the time. We tend to end up
where are going on a daily basis. There is tremendous power
in positive thinking, just as there is unfortunate power in
negative thinking and fear. And, the truth is that we get
to choose our thoughts!

I love the quote from Annie Dillard "How we live our days
is how we live our lives." If our days are stressed,
chaotic, unfocused and unsatisfying, at the end of the year
(and at the end of life) we tend to look back and wonder,
"What happened?" On the other hand, if we make sure each
day contains some joy, some gratitude, a bit of
organization and purpose, some honest work and a bit of
fun, I'm convinced our lives will be the same.

I've often joked that while I may not know how to live a
great life, I can (usually) create a good day, and if I
just put a few thousand good days back to back, that may
come close enough to a great life.

So the question is not how to have a great life over 80
years, but how to have a few thousand good-enough days,
back to back. Here are a few suggestions:

1. First, plan each day. After coaching hundreds of high
achievers, I am convinced most of us do not put nearly
enough time into deciding exactly how we want to live each
day. We don't choose our priorities, affirm our values, and
make hard choices about how we will-and will not--use our
time. I use a 3x5 card to list my priorities each morning.
I think it helps.

2. Second, surround yourself with great people. There's an
old proverb that says, "show me the five people you spend
the most time with, and I'll show you your future." To some
degree, of course, we are all surrounded by people we did
not choose. But we also have the responsibility to choose
our friends and to associate with the best, most inspiring
people we can find. Choose wisely.

3. Third, write your biography in advance. We tend to live
our lives in accordance with a myth or story we tell
ourselves, so why not tell yourself a GREAT story?! Write
the "script" for your own life, and read it often. Think
about it and re-read it daily. Where are you going? What
will your legacy be? Too often we get caught in the busy-
ness of daily living and it pays to review and affirm your
dreams every single day.

4. Fourth, read and learn from the great people in
history. It may be true that "experience is the best
teacher" but I've noticed that it also charges the highest
tuition. Life is short and we simply don't have time to
make (and recover from) all the mistakes in life, so learn
from smart people who have gone ahead and left a trail for
us to follow.

Personally, this has been one of the greatest inspirations
I've ever found. In the past year, I've read biographies of
Lindbergh, Churchill, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin,
and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, to name just a few.
They were all flawed and none of them are perfect models,
but they were smart people who achieved quite a bit, and I
can learn from them.

5. Fifth, share the dream. Tell your loved ones, your best
friends and trusted associates where you're going in life
so they can support you. We all need cheerleaders in life,
and the people around you will usually (not always--choose
wisely!) offer help and encouragement if they know what
you're trying to accomplish. FDR had his "brain trust."
Most successful people have had a "master-mind group."
Every sports team has cheerleaders and so should you.

In the end, we get what we think about most of the time.
Over time, our lives pretty much look like our days and if
you want to predict your future, look at your daily
activities. If there are things you need to change, change
them! If you need a coach, get one! If you need to set
better boundaries, re-affirm your values or assert your
priorities, do so! In life, we usually end up pretty much
where we are headed. Choose wisely, and day by day, do the
"little things" that make a great life.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that
your strength lies."
                                              -- Mother Teresa

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

"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be
something, but (instead) someone."
                                              -- Coco Chanel

"Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about
what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash."
                                              -- Harriet Rubin

5. Strictly Business:   Are We Half-Way There Yet?

Every business owner knows the importance of a business
plan, concrete goals, and tracking your "measurables."
We've all read about these things, and we believe in them.
Unfortunately, a huge number of business leaders do
everything except monitor their progress.

This is the end of June. What does that mean to you as an
entrepreneur, manager or owner? It means it's time to sit
down, check the numbers, monitor your progress and see how
you're doing.

I am a huge believer in the importance of tracking the
numbers. Since I'm a "visual learner" I love large wall
charts. I use colored markers and graph everything. I graph
sales and profits. I graph subscribers to TIPS, visitors to
my website, and progress toward personal goals such as days
off, weight and fitness goals, and so forth.

In your business, there are almost certainly a handful of
critical measurables. Typically, these include gross
revenue, cost-of-goods-sold, and net earnings. Depending on
your specific enterprise, you may chart employee
productivity, sales calls, or any number of other
variables, but it is essential that you track (and monitor)
the key ingredients to your success.

Back in January you set goals for all of these things. (You
did set goals, didn't you? If not, please contact me and
I'll coach you to get started immediately!) Now, it's the
end of June and you may (or may not) be half-way to your
goals. Retail organizations, for instance, may do a third
of their annual volume during the Christmas rush. But we
are half-way through the year and it's the perfect time to
review your progress, assess your situation and make

Take a day to crunch the numbers. Get away from the office
and calmly evaluate the data. Are you where you need to be?
Have business conditions changed, and if so, how will you
adapt? If you are where you need to be, congratulate
yourself-and your staff! And if you don't like what you
see, now is the time to do something about it. Do not wait
until December to say, "ooops!"

It's the end of June. Are you half-way there?

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    Start (and Profit from) Your Own Ezine
        Reach Prospects, Make Sales, Build Your Brand
        Ezines Made Easy!

I am amazed that more TIPS subscribers haven't jumped on
this! For many of you, this is a "newsletter in a box" and
I highly recommend it! Every week I am asked how I've built
TIPS into one of the largest coaching newsletters in the
world, and when I can, I like to help. Now, however,
Alexandria Brown has down the work for me - and for you!

Launching a newsletter is easy. I started TIPS in an
afternoon and you can do it, too. Reaching a large audience
and building your newsletter into a business-getting
dynamo, however, is another story. Fortunately, Alex has
put together a remarkable "paint-by-the-numbers" guide that
shows you every step of the way. You get a ring-binder of
amazing info, stuff I hadn't figured out in 9 years! You
get hundreds of time-saving tips and resources to market
your ezine (most at no cost) that will generate thousands
of subscribers. I wish I had this guide when I was starting
out! This is great material! If you aren't touching base
with your customers in a personal way, you are missing one
of the key tools to build your business! Every
professional, small business and organization needs an
online voice! Buy the guide, follow her advice, and watch
your impact explode!

#2     Achieve Your Goals, Transform Your Life!
         The "Sedona Method"

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     Think Right Now!
         The Best Tools for Personal Growth I've Found!

Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase
sales, lose weight, set and achieve goals or improve diet,
health and fitness and you know how good they are! My
clients turned me on to these CD's several months ago and
I'm incredibly impressed. I strongly urge you to jump on
this! Top achievers in every field listen to audio
programs. They imagine themselves winning, getting new
records and living the life they truly WANT, and they do it
by visualizing their victories in advance with the help of
Mike's programs. These are fantastic, both for yourself and
as gifts. Grab these!

#4     Got a Website?
         Earn Passive Income!

Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
autoresponders and systems that were supposed to help me
serve my subscribers and make money from my website. None
of them worked, or more accurately they worked, but they
were complex, confusing and didn't work very well. Then I
discovered Don Schnure and the amazing programs he's put
together. They work! They are powerful, EASY to use, and
they let me automate my newsletter, my affiliate programs
and my shopping cart, with no hassle! I love this! And, you
can use it for 30 days to check it out. Highly recommended!

7. Humor:    Strange Factoids

Sometimes reality actually is stranger than fiction. I hope
you get a chuckle and perhaps some actual new information
from these items sent to me by Paul Vogt. And, no, I did
not make any attempt to verify their accuracy, I merely pass
them along. If they're correct, you may learn something new.
And if they are fibs, I hope you'll have a good chuckle.
Here we go:

Strawberries have more vitamin C in them than oranges.

Ketchup is excellent for cleaning brass, especially
tarnished and corroded brass.

More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's
first flight.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's
"Born in the USA."

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are 20 years of age
or older. They live from 200 to 400 years...

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one
(1) olive from each salad served in first-class.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up
in the morning.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.
So did the first "Marlboro Man."

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro,
Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first U.S. president whose
name contains all the letters from the word "criminal."
The second? William Jefferson Clinton.


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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