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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Your Unlimited Personal Power 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   Clarity Of Purpose   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   We Are But Dust...

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1. The One-Minute TIP

This summer (or this winter if you're in the Southern
Hemisphere) make an absolute promise that you will USE YOUR
POWER every single day. Choose a few key areas and decide
that, day by day, you will do the things that move you
forward. Remember the clich that "mighty oaks from tiny
acorns grow?" The world's strongest athletes started with a
few sit-ups or push-ups. The world's great fortunes often
began with one small investment. Use your power! Whatever
you have and wherever you are, begin and persist.

2. Welcome Notes

This week, I've been in New Hampshire working with a small
company (only a handful of employees) to review past
performance and design systems to move them rapidly
forward. What an incredible privilege to be a coach! These
were very nice, very bright and very committed people, but
in many ways they are also "average." They have kids, pay
taxes, worry about all the ordinary things of daily life,
and yet they are totally remarkable in one area.

They are determined to grow this business! They are a team
and they are clear about their destination. They WILL be
number one in their specialty, and I have no doubt they
will succeed. How exciting and what a delight! Natalie,
Sandy, Kimand the whole team -- thank you!

If you would like me to work with your leadership, sales or
production teams, please contact me! Coaching works and the
ROI (return on investment) can be huge! My email is:  and you know what to do. When
you're ready to take charge and grow your business, please
contact me.

Finally, my friend and colleague, Vic Johnson, has agreed
to do a FREE teleconference based on his "Claim Your Power
Now!" workshops. I had the privilege of being on-stage with
him three times (in Dallas, Chicago and Toronto) for this
powerful material and I'm delighted to bring it to my TIPS
subscribers. He's calling this abbreviated version, "Claim
Your Power Now with Belief" and it will be spectacular!
It will be recorded, so even if you can't attend the live call,
you'll get all the info.

But... you must register! There's more info below in the
Resources section, but just register. You'll be glad you
did! To be included, visit:
or send a blank email to:  And
be sure to pass this along to your friends!

3:  Your Unlimited Personal Power

We all want to achieve more. Whether our goals are to make
more money, to have more time with loved ones or to achieve
some other goal, the thing TIPS subscribers have in common
is the desire to do, have and become more. How do we
achieve that?

We all know that some people really do achieve "more." And,
we know that the difference is not intelligence or talent,
or education or any other obvious "thing." In recent years,
it's become popular to say the difference is "self-concept"
or "self-esteem." Clearly, things like confidence,
audacity, even physical appearance may play a small part,
but it's just as obvious that none of these things can give
us the answer we need.

I'm increasingly convinced the key to extraordinary results
is both simpler and more profound. High achievers simply do
more of the right things!

That's a very simple (even simplistic) statement, but it
accounts for most of what we're looking for. Successful
people do more things, and specifically, they do more of
the right things, in the right way, at the right time.

So, how do we copy that?

The answer is our sense of what Tony Robbins called,
"personal power." Lots of people have touched on this. Many
years ago, Denis Waitley talked about "Positive Self-
Direction" and everyone from Socrates to our mothers has
talked about "self-discipline."

Power has lots of meanings, and lots of applications. For
me as a coach, power is defined as "the ability to get
things done" and here's the critical piece: We all have
ENORMOUS personal power!

We ALL decide (every single day) what to do with our time.
We ALL decide (every single day) how to use our energy. We
ALL decide (every single day) how to spend our money, who
to talk with, what we'll learn and what we'll eat. We ALL
use our power every single day!

The difference is "how" we use our power, and "what" we
focus on! And, that can be learned!

Now, some of us seem to have more power than others and
there's no point in denying it. But here are two important
truths - and this is where coaching can be enormously
helpful. (1) Even the weakest among us are incredibly
powerful, and (2) the weak can become strong.

Even the weakest can use the power they have to learn,
rather than not learn. Even the weakest among us can use
the power they already have to build quality relationships,
to get better at what they do, to save money, and they can
leverage their current power to get more! Via email and the
internet, even the weakest among us have access to
brilliant people, libraries, online business opportunities
and endless resources.

Even the weakest have a daily choice to USE the power they
have, or not.

Second, personal power is like a muscle. It gets stronger,
more flexible and more resilient when we use it. Left
unused, personal power atrophies and we feel we've "lost"
it, but use it every day, and it grows infinitely stronger!

High achievers use their personal power. They get up early.
They exercise. They make key phone calls. They read great
books. They monitor their time, their nutrition, their
investments, their relationships. And so can you!

This summer (or this winter if you're in the Southern
Hemisphere) make an absolute promise that you will USE YOUR
POWER every single day. Choose a few key areas and decide
that, day by day, you will do the things that move you
forward. Remember the clich that "mighty oaks from tiny
acorns grow?" The world's strongest athletes started with a
few sit-ups or push-ups. The world's great fortunes often
began with one small investment. Use your power! Whatever
you have and wherever you are, begin and persist.

      For more on personal power and getting more and
      better results, sign up for our no-cost teleconference,
      "Claim Your Power NOW with Belief." Get all the
      info and register at:

4. Quotes of the Week

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved."
                                        -- Jeremy Kitson

"A day will never be anymore than what you make of it.
Practice being a `doer'!"
                                        -- Josh S. Hinds

"Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you
intend to do."
                                        -- Liz Smith

"It had long since come to my attention that people of
accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to
them. They went out and happened to things."
                                        -- Elinor Smith

5. Strictly Business:   Clarity of Purpose

People often stumble over the question of their "purpose"
in life, but in business there can be no question. There is
absolutely no room for confusion on this issue. The purpose
of any business is precisely this: to serve a well-
satisfied customer.

Sure, you want to make a profit. Of course, you want to
serve your customer in ways that are convenient, satisfying
and (obviously) legal and moral. But the bottom line is
always the same, to serve a customer.

So the first and primary question for any business is:
What exactly do you do FOR your customers?

Some restaurants provide meals that are fast or
inexpensive, that have particular ethnic or nutritional
styles, or that are conveniently located. No restaurant can
be all things to all people, but every restaurant has one
main purpose. McDonald's provides predictability and speed.
The Four Seasons provides elegance and memories. Ruth's
Chris provides fancy steaks. Dominoes delivers pizza in 30
minutes or less.

Recently in North America, we can see this is the cell
phone industry. Cingular (now AT&T) emphasizes "more bars"
and fewer dropped calls. That's how they intend to serve
their customers and distinguish themselves from other
providers. Verizon, on the other hand, has emphasized their
"network" and service.

Your business has only one primary purpose. When you are
clear about that, and clearly communicate it in every
message you send, your business is likely to grow.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     Claim Your Power Now with Belief!
      A No-Cost Conference with Vic Johnson!
      Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM ET
      Register at:

I've done very few teleconferences in the past few years,
but when Vic agreed to do this one, I jumped on it! Do you
sometimes feel your results don't match your abilities? Do
you feel stuck or confused that the year is half-over and
your goals seem out of reach? We all have tremendous power
to change our lives! We have the ability, the resources and
tools (or we can get them!) - but too often we get "caught"
in daily chores and fail to claim and USE our power!

I've seen Vic present this material three times (in Dallas,
Chicago and Toronto) and it's amazing! Invest just one hour
of your time, either on the phone or listening to the
recording, and let his insights and simple, powerful
techniques help you "Claim Your Power!" Vic has turned his
own life around in just a few short years, and so can you!
This is amazing, powerful and practical stuff! I hope
you'll join us! But you must register! Sign up at:

      Alive, Awake and Aware!
      How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Lives
      My new Book and Audio Programs

"Leaders are readers." We've all heard this phrase, and we
know that highly successful people invest in their
education. They read for inspiration, for information, for
motivation and for examples. We also know that most people
read very little, and it shows in their lives.

One of the best things you can do is spend just 15 minutes
a day reading a positive, educational book to enrich your
life, and yet most people never do. I urge you to buy and
read this book! Think about your values, learn how other
people organize their time and create the life of their
dreams. There are no "secrets," just models and choices
that make all the difference.

You can get the book (I'll even pay the shipping) or the
audio programs, or both, whichever suits you best. But
invest in yourself. I hope you'll check it out and make the
small investment to create the extraordinary life you

      "Presentations Made Simple"
      Organize, Prepare and Deliver a GREAT Presentation
      Without Stress, Worry or Fear

Last week, over 100 subscribers signed up for Dawn's free
bonuses and that's a great start! Now, I want ALL the rest
of you to do this! We all have to make presentations from
time to time. Some of us do it professionally and we MUST
do a great job, every time. Other's speak or teach rarely,
and we need all the tools and confidence we can get because
even if you only speak at family reunions or to your club
or church group occasionally, you want to be calm, clear
and effective.

Get and read this wonderful collection of resources. As a
professional speaker, I learned (and was reminded of)
dozens of tips, large and small, to make my presentations
more powerful. For people who present only occasionally,
the ability to relax, know that you're organized and
"ready" is priceless. We know that many people fear public
speaking, and much of that fear comes from not feeling
confident. Do yourself a favor - get these tools and keep
them in your office. When your time comes, you'll be glad
to have them within reach!


     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:    We Are But Dust....

My friend, Bill Barrows forwarded these from Jackie Rose in
Ohio and I thought they were wonderful. I had not seen this
particular collection before and they made me laugh so loud
my assistant asked what was so funny! I hope you enjoy

JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new
baby sister. After a while he asked: "Mom why have you got
two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny
replied she was so old she didn't remember any more.
Melanie said, "If you don't remember you must look in the
back of your panties. Mine say five to six."

STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. "I
love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury
you outside my bedroom window."

BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a
painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the
bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a
childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide
with wonder, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the
hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said,
"It makes my teeth cough."

DI (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "How
much do I

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple hugging and
kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them,
he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When
his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't
know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How
will my wife fit in?"

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read:
"The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee
out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to
salt." Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly,
rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for
awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your

I think this Mom will never forget this particular Sunday
sermon. "Dear Lord," the minister began, with arms extended
toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned
face. "Without you, we are but dust." He would have
continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who
was listening!) leaned over to me and asked quite audibly,
"Mom, what is butt dust?"


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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