Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, September 3, 2006
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Joy of Labor
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Reality Never Lies
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Some Days Are Like This

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1. The One-Minute TIP

This Labor Day, give thanks for the work you do, and the difference it makes. Celebrate your contribution to your community, and our world. And, if you are not doing the “perfect” job for you, pledge that by next year, you WILL be doing the right work. Life is too short to spend it doing work for which you are not suited or passionate! You owe that to yourself and to the world. We need your best stuff, your best effort, your passion and your unique genius. We need Vicki’s smile at breakfast.

2. Welcome Notes

I’m writing this on a picnic table, in the shade of giant Douglas fir, by Suttle Lake in the Cascade mountains. A breeze is blowing across the lake, my dog is eagerly waiting for me to finish, and Mary is reading down by the lake. Life is very, very good!

I trust that wherever you are, this holiday weekend finds you safe, happy, and refreshed. Take time to give thanks, to do a little reading or fishing or napping – whatever brings you joy – and share a bit of your good fortune with someone who good use a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand.

Next, as the seasons change, this is the perfect time to set new goals, build momentum and make 2006 your most successful year ever! While everyone makes resolutions at New Year’s, I’ve always thought the end of summer and the start of school is an even better time to get focused. I have up to five openings for new coaching clients and if it’s time for you to “get in gear,” take action and make changes, contact me. We’ll interview each other, and decide the best way to proceed. My email is: Coach@philiphumbert.com  

Now, some exciting news! For all of you who own a business, work for a business, or hope to open a business someday (have I included every one?),I have great news. My friend and colleague, Michael Angier, has a no-cost report, assessment and audio program (yup, a package of three goodies) you can download to measure your business against “World Class” standards.

Every business MUST be (or become) world class if it’s to thrive. There’s just no room for second-rate or half-way measures! Compare your standards to the world’s best. I want to thank Michael for letting me share these with you, and encourage each of you to get them at:

Note, that Michael will also be offering his World Class Business Institute later this fall, and you’ll want to watch for an announcement about that, as well.

3: The Joy of Labor

In the U.S., this is our “Labor Day” holiday, a time when we generally do our best to avoid anything that looks like work. Many will go camping, spend the day at the beach, or perhaps at a family picnic.

Unfortunately, very few will pause to be thankful for the work they do. Only a handful will take time to honor and acknowledge the joy of work, and I find that very sad.

Most of us believe “work” is something to be avoided, and we wish for a path to instant wealth, because “then I’d never work again.” I suspect that’s one reason the universe makes sure most of us never acquire that kind of instant wealth!

I see work as a great honor and source of fulfillment, although I admit there is both “good” work and “bad” work.

“Bad” work is something for which we are not suited, or which we do for the wrong motives. For me, “bad” work would be trying to earn a living as a musician. My brother plays cello for the Jacksonville symphony, and for him, music is the work of the angels. He was blessed with great talent and he loves it. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, and the lessons when I was a kid were a lot of “work” for me, my parents, and my long-suffering piano teacher.

Doing work for which we are ill-suited, it seems to me, is so stressful that it borders on the immoral. Life is meant to be lived, to be joyful, and to be productive. Doing “work” we hate gives honorable work a bad name.

As I see it, work is our chance to partner with God in the creation of a better, richer, more exciting world. Work is our opportunity to build, to create, to leave our footprints in the sands of time. Work is our chance to say, “I was here, and I made a difference.”

Over the years, through my various jobs and hobbies, I’ve met wonderful people who reflected their life’s meaning and purpose in their work. Some were artists in how they drove a delivery truck, others found joy in Police work, writing, doing therapy, or in construction. One of my golfing partners loves teaching high school biology, and it shows in his attitude and in his student’s grades.

Vicki is a server at my favorite coffee shop. She has 3 kids, her husband is a chef, and for whatever reason, helping a couple hundred people start their day with hot coffee, a good breakfast and a smile is her calling in life. She’s a treasure, and is loved by hundreds of loyal customers.

One of the wisest things anyone ever said to me is, “Find something you truly love to do, and you’ll never work another day the rest of your life.” Now, while I disagree with that disparaging definition of the word “work,” the point is essential. In our technological age, we have the greatest freedom in history to find work that is “perfect” for us.

Work is a very personal thing. It’s about combining your time and effort with your talents, skills and the situation around you to make things better. It’s about making a difference. It’s about making your contribution, and being productive.

This Labor Day, give thanks for the work you do, and the difference it makes. Celebrate your contribution to your community, and our world. And, if you are not doing the “perfect” job for you, pledge that by next year, you WILL be doing the right work. Life is too short to spend it doing work for which you are not suited or passionate! You owe that to yourself and to the world. We need your best stuff, your best effort, your passion and your unique genius. We need Vicki’s smile at breakfast.

4. Quotes of the Week

"To follow, without halt, one aim: That's the secret of success."
                                   -- Anna Pavlova

"Inspiration grows into full-scale creation through persistence and
                                   -- Carol Lloyd

"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility."
                                   -- Albert Einstein

"Work and play are the same. When you're following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves."
                                   -- Shakti Gawain

5. Strictly Business: Reality Never Lies

I recently listened to an old recording of Laura Berman Fortgang’s speech to the International Coach Federation’s convention in Chicago a few years ago. In her presentation, she talked about the fact that reality never lies.

While her focus was on coaching, I immediately connected her words to the fact that in business, our sales, productivity, profits and customer satisfaction are ALWAYS precisely accurate measures of the service we provide.

From the dawn of history, human beings have searched for bargains. We love great products, at bargain prices. We love getting the goods or services we need, at a fair price, delivered on time, and hopefully, with an extra “bonus”. In the words of the old saying, “build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”

Because of this, your bank account is an accurate reflection of the value the world places on your products and services. The facts and numbers do not lie. They may contain a message you don’t like, or one with which you disagree, but they do not lie.

To increase your sales and profits, you must increase the value of your services. Cutting costs or raising prices may temporarily increase profits and give the illusion that things are “better,” but illusions never last.

The key to the growth of your enterprise is providing more value, to more people, and preferably at a lower price. Fortunately, this is not difficult. “Value” can be many things, from faster delivery, to larger quantities, to more pleasing colors. The opportunity to innovate, add value, and increase sales is endless.

Reality does not lie. Study the numbers, notice where you can increase value to your customer, and adjust accordingly. Your financial future depends upon it.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     Make Your Business a BETTER Business!
     Would You Like Your Business to be World Class?
     Of Course You Would!

The two BIG questions are, do you know how to describe a world class company? And, do you know how to BUILD one?

My friend, Michael Angier, has been studying successful companies for over 30 years. He’s also studied UNsuccessful companies and he has identified the 10 principles that set world class companies apart from all the rest.

If you’re interested in finding out what his research has revealed, and seeing how your organization compares to the World Class Benchmark, I encourage you to get the free (no cost or obligation) Ten Pillars Report along with a brief assessment and audio program that Michael has allowed me to give you.

You’ll also be placed on their priority announcement list because in a few days, Michael will be announcing something very special. He told me a little about how he’ll be helping a select group of entrepreneurs build world class companies. I think you’ll be intrigued. Here’s the link again: http://www.1automationwiz.com/app/?Clk=1567462  

     Think Right Now!
     The Best Tools for CHANGE 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!

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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!

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7. Humor: Some Days are Like This

My friend and frequent source of humor, Dolly Howard, sent me this. Enjoy, and if you recognize anyone you know, consider giving them the gift of a time-management coach! <g>

“I just wanted to let everyone know that I have recently been diagnosed with Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder (AAADD).

Symptoms: This is how it goes... I decide to do the laundry, start down the hall and notice the newspaper on the table. OK, I'm going to do the laundry...

BUT FIRST I'm going to read the newspaper. After that, I notice the mail on the table... OK, I'll just put the newspaper in the recycle stack....

BUT FIRST I'll look through the mail and see if there are any bills to be paid. Yes.

Now where is the checkbook? Oops... there's the empty glass from yesterday on the coffee table. I'm going to look for that  checkbook...

BUT FIRST I need to put the glass in the sink. I head for the kitchen, look out the window, notice my poor flowers need a drink of water. I put the glass in the sink and there's the remote for the TV on the kitchen counter. What's it doing here? I'll just put it away...

BUT FIRST I need to water those plants. I head for the door and... Aaaagh! Stepped on the cat.

Cat needs to be fed. Okay, I'll put the remote away and water the plants... BUT FIRST I need to feed the cat.

END OF DAY: Laundry is not done, newspapers are still on the floor, glass is still in the sink, bills are not paid, checkbook is still lost, and the cat ate the remote control. And, when I try to figure out how come nothing got done today, I'm baffled! Because... I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY! I realize this condition is serious.... I'll get help...

BUT FIRST...I need to check my e-mail....”


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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