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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
How To Make 2006 Your Best Ever! 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  You Gotta Make Some Noise!   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   The Old "Hollywood Squares"

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to take stock,
adjust course and affirm your priorities, but it doesn't
happen by accident. Take time to review. Take time to plan
and develop your system. And get the support you'll need.
You can make 2006 your best, most productive and rewarding
year ever, but only if you arrange for success in advance.
Do your homework! Make it happen!

2. Welcome Notes

Last week two very important things happened around here.
First, I happened to catch the Frank Capra classic, It's A
Wonderful Life, on television. Watching that old black-and-
white movie with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed impressed me,
once again, with the joy of the season. And, it hit me that
each of us, in our own way, make a huge difference in the
world. You make a difference!

Secondly, I came across a choir singing some of the old
Christmas carols in the mall. I know not everyone
celebrates Christmas, but for me, those old songs speak of
love and joy, family and hope. Whatever holiday you
observe, may your sense of joy and peace and optimism be
renewed this season!

Finally, as I wrote below, take time to set your goals for
the new year. There are lots of goal-setting programs out
there, but they only work if you USE them! I have an ebook
you can download at:

And if you're truly serious about achieving more and going
further in 2006, be sure to check out Michael Angier's
"Diamond Club." It's a year of support, tools, great people
and the energy to make sure you "get there" and finish
strong. Check it out at:

Choose a style that suits you, develop your goals, and make
2006 your best ever!

3:  How To Make 2006 Your Best Ever!

It's hard to believe, but 2005 has come to an end. With
Christmas and New Year's both coming on Sunday this year,
my sense is that most people, businesses and organizations
really are shutting down for the holidays.

And that means that this week is your last chance to review
the year and plan the year ahead. I strongly urge you to
take some time - at least an hour - to ask some good
questions, jot some notes, and make your choices.

I learned long ago that TIPS subscribes are not ordinary
people. TIPS readers are more ambitious, more optimistic,
better educated and definitely more "awake" than the
average person. You take life seriously! You have goals and
want life to work out well. You want to achieve some
important things. Let's make it happen in 2006!

In my 20 years of coaching, I've developed a simple three-
step process that I use with most of my clients every year.
I think it makes a difference and I urge you to take the
time to give it a try. Here we go:

1. First, REVIEW THE PAST. "Those who fail to learn from
the past are doomed to repeat it."

The first step to changing the future is to acknowledge
what already is. Ask good questions about 2005. What did
you learn? What worked well? What would you like to repeat?
What are you proud of? How did you grow, change or improve
this year? How about your relationships, your career, your
lifestyle? How about your income, your health and your
hobbies? Ask good questions, and write down the answers.

2. Second, MAP THE FUTURE. I like the term "map" because
this is not a dream, a fantasy or even just a goal. What
exactly would you like to change in 2006? Do you want to
increase your income? Lose weight? Improve some
relationships, buy a new house, change jobs?

Mapping the future requires that you balance optimism and
ambition with a conservative assessment of what's possible.
Remember, reality never lies. It's unlikely that you can
change everything or do everything in one year. What are
the specifics you really to want to change in 2006? Ask
good questions; write down the answers.

3. Third, GET A SYSTEM. I'm a huge believer in plans and
budgets and strategies. If you want to increase you income
by 25%, you'll probably have to make more sales, work more
hours or learn new skills. When (exactly) will you do this?
If you want to lose ten pounds, you'll probably have to
exercise more and eat less. Make a plan!

And get plenty of support. I've written about the power of
Personal Eco-Systems(tm). Surround yourself with reminders,
books, tools and equipment that automatically move you in
the direction you want to go.

Get a coach or work with a MasterMind group. Make sure your
family, friends and colleagues know exactly what you want
to achieve, and make sure they support you every step of
the way.

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to take stock,
adjust course and affirm your priorities, but it doesn't
happen by accident. Take time to review. Take time to plan
and develop your system. And get the support you'll need.
You can make 2006 your best, most productive and rewarding
year ever, but only if you arrange for success in advance.
Do your homework! Make it happen!

     If you are truly committed to making things better in
    2006 get a personal coach. You'll get the support, the
    systems the resources and the accountability to make it
    happen! Contact me at:

4. Quotes of the Week

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."
                                    -- Walt Disney

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among
the stars."
                                    -- Les Brown

"Aerodynamically a bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but
the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."
                                    -- Mary Kay Ash

"You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when.
You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."
                                    -- Joan Baez

5. Strictly Business:   You Gotta Make Some Noise!

This week I had conversations with two people who have
become experts in marketing. One is a man who has attended
all the "boot camps," read the books and taken seminars
from the best marketing gurus around. The other is a woman
who told me her personal library of marketing and business
books cost over $100,000 in the past ten years.

Unfortunately, neither of them has applied what they know
and their businesses have not grown.

These are classic examples of "analysis paralysis." They
have studied their market and learned the techniques. They
know how to write sales letters and they know the latest in
online marketing techniques. They know about using
endorsements, about using graphics and colors, about
"reversing risk" and identifying their target demographics.

What they don't know is how to make noise.

They've not taken enough action! One business leader
recently told me her greatest fear is "making a mistake!"
Like, get over it already!

If you're going to be in business, you're going to make
mistakes. (I suspect that's true in life; I know it's true
in business.)

The key to building your business is taking action. Of
coufrse it's good to know what you're doing. Sure, it's
good to put the odds in your favor as much as you can. But
in the end, you've got to take a chance and make some

If you want your business to grow in 2006, think about what
you'll do differently. What will you expand or contract?
How much will you spend on advertising? What new products
or services will you offer? Which ones will you cancel?

In the end, growing a business is about taking action. It's
about making the best judgments you can, and then taking
the plunge.

If you'd like help with this, consider hiring a business
coach. Being an entrepreneur means the responsibility is on
your shoulders and that can be a lonely thing, so build
your team! Get help. Get advice, get support, get someone
to (figuratively) "kick your butt" and get you into action.
If you'd like to talk about it, drop me an email at:

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    Diamond Club
        How To Make 2006 Your Best Ever

Want to guarantee your success in 2006? Of course you do!
We all do. And, we all know that success comes from setting
goals, but we also know that goals are easier to set than
to achieve. New Year's Resolutions are almost a joke
because of that. Too often we visualize our goals and start
off strong, but then daily life gets in the way and without
a "system" we get distracted.

Don't let that happen to you in 2006!

To make 2006 the year you've always dreamed of, and the
year you'll never forget, you need a system. You'll need
support. You'll need mentoring (we all do) and on-going
commitment. These things are essential! My friend and
colleague, Michael Angier, has created the success system!
He's created a very low-cost, high-impact program that will
keep you focused, keep you encouraged, and keep you
empowered throughout the year. Check It out!

What are your goals worth to you? What is it worth to
create the life you've always wanted? Jump on this. Get the
info and make an informed decision. It's at:

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

Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase
sales, 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!

#3    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!

#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:    The Old "Hollywood Squares"

Long-time subscriber, Laurie Larson sent these to me and
they made me laugh right out loud! Some are slightly "off
color" but I didn't think they were beyond the scope of
TIPS subscribers, so enjoy!

If you remember the original "Hollywood Squares" and it's
comics, this may bring tears to your eyes. These great
questions and answers are from the days when "Hollywood
Squares" game show responses were spontaneous and clever.

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water
long enough.

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how
high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False: A pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you
probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmo, if you meet a stranger at a party, and
you think he is attractive, is it okay to ask him if he's married?
A. Rose Marie: No.....wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. What are: "Do It," "I Can Help," and "I Can't Get Enough"?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more, or less,
with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question
Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.

Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are
you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not.....I'm too busy growing

Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom...or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately, Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is their anything wrong with getting
into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. When a couple has a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car. The rest is up to him.

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them
and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should
never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point....and Laugh


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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