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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The BIG Pieces Go in First 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  2007 Is Already Here!   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Basically Useless Information 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

As you look at your calendar and set your goals for 2007,
consider these twin principles of Balance and Big Pieces.
Use this simple tool to increase your success (and your
joy!) in the year ahead. Put the BIG pieces in first, and
give them the necessary time, energy and focus to create
the balanced, satisfying life you deserve.

2. Welcome Notes

As I wrote last week, winter storms have come to Oregon.
Many of you have seen on the news that large sections of
the Northwest have been hit by floods and many people have
lost their homes, highways have been washed out, and Mt
Rainier Park has been closed. So far, we've had no damage
and the storms give me an excuse to sit by the fire, read a
book or do some writing. We do send our prayers and support
to those who have not been so lucky, however.

On a more cheerful note, we're coming up on the year-end
holidays, and I urge each of you to make appropriate plans.
Whether you celebrate Hanukah or Christmas, Kwanza or
Winter Solstice or New Years, most of us celebrate
Thanksgiving (Canada already had theirs!), and I encourage
you to take advantage of these opportunities to be with
loved ones, to reflect, and to appreciate the richness of
life. My sense is that we don't have enough festivals in
our lives.

Never miss a good excuse to party with loved ones. If
necessary, set aside some time and money for travel. Hang
some banners, invite family and friends, have some punch,
dance a little and give thanks.

3:  The BIG Pieces Go in First 

Almost every human being wants "more" in life. We want more
joy, more fulfillment, more money, or (in some cases) we
want fewer troubles or less hassle. We wish we had more
time, more friends, or more success. The problem is that
too often we keep doing the same things over and over,
wondering why things don't change.

One of my primary missions in writing TIPS is to share
ideas that have worked for others, and to provide a weekly
reminder to "keep on keeping on." Things DO get better for
those who use (1) good principles, and (2) have tons of

With that in mind, here are two key principles that apply
in almost every area of life or personal success:

1. Balance. We need to have "all four wheels on the
ground" and keep the various areas of life working
together. We all know people who fail at this, and it isn't
a pretty picture. Some people make lots of money, but are
unhappy - Elvis Presley comes to mind. Others achieve in
some other area of life, but never handle the problem of
"balance." We all know the tragic results.

2. Put the BIG pieces in first. There's a famous story
about a speaker who put a large glass jar on a counter, put
some large rocks in it and asked the audience if it was
full. They said yes, so she added some small pebbles, and
asked again. Once again, the audience said yes, so she
poured in some sand. When the jar was full of sand, she
poured in some water, then asked what the BIG principle
was? Too many people answer "you can always squeeze a
little more in." That doesn't work!

The correct answer is that if you want to get the big
pieces into your life, you have to PUT THEM IN FIRST! If
life is filled with water and sand and pebbles, you'll
never squeeze the big pieces in later!

So, the question becomes, What are the BIG pieces?

I suspect every thoughtful person has their own list, but
here are a few suggestions:

1. Work and Career. We want to do well, achieve much, make
some money and leave a legacy. Be sure to do work you love,
and get good at it! Have a career plan and follow it!
Success is not an accident.

2. Intimacy and Family. Families come in all shapes and
sizes, but almost everyone wants our most intimate
relationships to be happy, loving, and fulfilling. Love,
intimacy and great memories don't happen in our "spare
time." Schedule the big pieces first!

3. Health and Fitness. As far as I can tell, we get one
body and we ought to take care of it, but few of us really
do. Exercise. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Laugh often.
Breath deeply. And when it hurts, see your doctor.

4. Finances and wealth. We live in a world full of money.
People around us are wealthy, and there are fundamental
principles that apply to making, keeping and managing
money. Learn to use money wisely.

5. Fun and Recreation (Re-Creation). Life is to be lived!
"All work and no play makes Jack (and Jill) a dull
boy/girl." Pursue a hobby. Play with your kids. Make love.
See a play. Go bowling, fly a kite. Take a nap. The "good
life" is not only measured by the size of your bank
account. It has everything to do with joy.

As you look at your calendar and set your goals for 2007,
consider these twin principles of Balance and Big Pieces.
Use this simple tool to increase your success (and your
joy!) in the year ahead. Put the BIG pieces in first, and
give them the necessary time, energy and focus to create
the balanced, satisfying life you deserve.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Your mind can only hold one thought at a time. Make it a
positive and constructive one."
                                   -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"I don't worry about whether or not I am happy now. Today
is only chapter 1. We have yet to write the book."
                                   -- Lois Wyse

"Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid
changing it."
                                   -- Elaine St. James

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one
advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and
endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will
meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
                                   -- Henry David Thoreau

5. Strictly Business:   2007 is Already Here!

In business, my sense is that 2007 began several months ago
and if you're just putting up your new calendars or setting
budgets and making plans, you may already be behind the
curve. In business, the future is already here.

Every football quarterback knows how to "lead" the
receiver. You never throw the ball to where the receiver
is, you throw to where he will be a moment from now. Duck
hunters know about "leading" their target, and in space,
the Apollo missions never left earth aimed for the moon;
instead, they aimed for where it would be four days later.

In business, I'm convinced strategic planning and
preparation are the most important of all management
skills. Sales can be learned. Most manufacturing or
production skills can be learned. But deciding where you're
going and how you'll get there is entirely up to
leadership. You must choose, and that's an awesome

The next few weeks are filled with holidays, celebrations,
shopping, traveling and distractions. There are lots of
reasons to be "busy" and that can be a terrible temptation.

Take time to think! In all the hoopla and busy-ness, take
time to sit quietly. Get a 2007 calendar and plan the
future. Sit down with your current results, go over the
figures, evaluate your procedures, and make the hard
choices. Do it now, before the new year begins.

And if 2006 didn't produce the results you intended,
consider getting a professional coach. Do not let the
future be merely a continuation of the past. Remember the
old definition of insanity, that it's "doing the same
things over and over, expecting different results." If you
want different results in 2007, get new input, make new
plans, and let me know if you'd like to talk about
coaching. Together, we can make it happen!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 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!

#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
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

#3 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. 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:   Basically Useless Information 

We go to great lengths to avoid telemarketers, junk mail
and spam, and yet we live in the "information age" and
can't get enough of the stuff. (Is that a definition of
being addicted?) Anyway, here is some "basically useless
information" to add to your collection. I make no guarantee
that any of this is actually true - it was sent to me and
I'm merely the conduit. Enjoy!

Here we go:

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (How does
anyone know that???)
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have
about 10.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you
will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange,
silver, or purple.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left
hand and "lollipop" with your right.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each
gallon of diesel that it burns.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze
completely solid.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same
whether they are read left to right or right to left
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are two words in the English language that have all
five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the
letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.


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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