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  Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The 3-C’s of Superior Achievement
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  You Need a Plan
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Best Email Replies

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1. The One-Minute TIP

My sense is that there are dozens, perhaps thousands of wonderful quotes, tools, techniques and systems around us, and the more “tools” we have in our “toolbox,” the more likely we’ll have the right tool at the right time to get the results we need. I used to think that if I could just read the right book, or attend the “best” seminar, I’d “get it” and life would be good. I finally realized that I need to read as much as I can and talk to all the experts I can find, because they all have tools that I’ll need sooner or later.

2. Welcome Notes

It’s been a marvelous early-autumn here in Oregon. The leaves on the Oak trees below our deck are starting to turn, and the other morning a beautiful big-leaf Maple up the hill turned a brilliant orange and yellow over-night. At night, the stars even shine brighter! What a wonderful time of year! Next Friday, Mary and I are going to the Cascades to get our annual “fix” of the Aspens turning yellow and shimmering in the breeze.

I hope wherever you are, you take time to enjoy Nature in all her glory.

On another topic, I continue to marvel at the response to my newest ebook, “The New MasterMind.” Sales have exceeded my expectations (of course that’s nice!), but what really excites me are the amazing emails from people saying they’ve started a MasterMind group, or have seen their team re-vitalized. That’s incredibly exciting! If you still haven’t gotten your copy, I urge you to do so. Visit the site and take action! Get your MasterMind in gear, and do it today. 

And finally, school has started and year is drawing to a close. If you’ve been thinking about coaching, this is the perfect time! I have two openings for new clients and would love to talk with you. Drop me an email, let’s talk about the possibilities and GET GOING! If you know you should be achieving more and better results, get a coach! Email me: 

3: The 3-C’s of Superior Achievement

One of the essential habits for achieving superior results is the “constant and never-ending” search for methods, systems, and tools to get the most from life.

Many people think that if they could find “the answer” their lives would miraculously improve. They act as if life has a mysterious secret “system” and if they found it, everything would work out. I don’t think it works quite that way.

My sense is that there are dozens, perhaps thousands of wonderful quotes, tools, techniques and systems around us, and the more “tools” we have in our “toolbox,” the more likely we’ll have the right tool at the right time to get the results we need. I used to think that if I could just read the right book, or attend the “best” seminar, I’d “get it” and life would be good. I finally realized that I need to read as much as I can and talk to all the experts I can find, because they all have tools that I’ll need sooner or later.

In that spirit, I want to share one of my most powerful “systems” for success. For a few of you, it may be the one essential missing piece. For most, however, it will be another tool, another step in the process of moving from where you are to where you want to be in life.

I’ve observed that the most successful people I coach use “The 3-C’s” to climb the ladder of success and achieve their most important goals.

1. Unusual Clarity. My friend, Michael Angier, does a presentation entitled, “Clarity is Power,” because knowing exactly what we want is absolutely critical to getting it. Most people are vague about their goals and aspirations. They want “more,” but hesitate to identify exactly what they want “more” of! Tony Robbins tells a story about someone who came up to him and said he wanted “more money.” Tony says, “So I gave him a dollar and told him to go away!” What do you want? When? How much of it? How will you measure it?

High achievers are extremely clear about where they are going and how they’ll get there. Define your dreams. Write them down. Describe your goals to a friend (or your coach) and ask them to challenge you about specifics. Get clear.

2. Unusual Commitment. Even when people get clear, too often they hang back, hesitate, or keep “something in reserve.” High achievers don’t do that! They go “all in.” They go “all the way.” Winners commit.

I love the story of the ancient Greek General who, after landing his troops on an enemy shore, made them watch as he burned their ships. For them, there was no going back, no alternative but to succeed or die. High achievers bet their very lives on the outcome, with no looking back. There’s a famous line from World War II, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” Winners are smart and sometimes even cautious about choosing a well-designed strategy, but once they have a plan, they go full speed ahead.

3. Unusual Courage. Let’s face it, life is a risky business. Things happen. We may be embarrassed. We may lose. We may end up looking foolish, or worse. And the more we stretch for success, the more we risk, so success requires courage. There will always be doubters and critics. There will always be competitors, and occasionally people will disappoint us. Accidents happen, and sometimes we miscalculate or fall short.

Courage in the face of life’s uncertainties is a requirement for unusual success. The ability to face the unknown, to act despite our fears, is the mark of a high achiever. There is no alternative.

If you desire a higher level of success, clarify exactly what you want, commit to achieving it, and act with courage.

4. Quotes of the Week

"If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up."
                                     -- Norman Vincent Peale

“One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.”
                                     -- Helen Keller

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals, that is goals that do not inspire them.”
                                     -- Anthony Robbins

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
                                     -- T. S. Eliot

5. Strictly Business: You Need A Plan

This week I had a remarkable conversation with a woman who has built, and nearly lost, a great business. She launched it in 1996 with little more than a dream, tons of energy and a few dollars in her "hobby" account, and quickly built it to almost 17 million dollars a year in sales. Unfortunately, this year her sales will be about half of what they were last year.

This terrible loss has nothing to do with the internet, politics or the economy. It has everything to do with the fact that she never made the shift from doing it all herself to being the leader and manager of a thriving business organization.

Without a plan and an organizational chart, she continues to be the driving force behind every sale, every decision, and every innovation. She works incredible hours, sometimes even packing and shipping orders herself on the weekends! Sometimes she micro-manages; other times she pulls back so dramatically that instead of delegating, she abdicates. No wonder her employees are frustrated and her business is falling apart!

EVERY business needs an organizational chart! EVERY business, even a child's lemonade stand, needs to know who squeezed the lemons, who handles sales, and who does the accounting. Sometimes, in a micro-business, it may all be done by the same person, but each ROLE is distinct, separate, and specialized, and this should be recognized and documented.

EVERY business must know who their best customers are. EVERY business must have a marketing plan, a budget, and an R&D team. EVERY business needs a business plan that is current and reviewed often.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 Use a MasterMind Alliance to Achieve Your Goals
     Get the Support, Advice & Encouragement You Need
     We All Need a Little Help from Our Friends 

Every winning athlete, and successful business person has a team of experts behind them. How would you like a team of hand-picked advisors committed to your personal success? What could you do with expert advice, wise counsel, and a network of successful people at your finger-tips?

Back in 1935, Napoleon Hill wrote that a “MasterMind” group was the one essential behind every successful person he interviewed! And yet very few people create a Mastermind team to help them achieve their most important goals in life! Now you can! Most people “don’t know how” or they fear they “wouldn’t know who to ask.” Now, I’ve written the manual! I’ve create a “recipe” so you can create your own MasterMind whenever you wish! I’ve included suggestions for where, when and how often to meet. I’ve even included simple scripts to get you started. Check it out!

If success is important to you, you MUST have a MasterMind group to help you “get there.” Click for more info.

     #2 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!

     #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. 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:  Best Email Replies

My friend and frequent source of humor, Dolly, sent these to me. While they’re a bit cynical, they do beat some of the automated replies I receive every day. I hope you enjoy them, and if you have the nerve, why not try one of them on your system?

1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Be prepared for my mood.
2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.
3. Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

4. I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

5. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

6. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again. (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see how many in-duh-viduals did this over and over.)
7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.
8. Hi, I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.
9. I've run away to join a different circus.
10. I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as 'Loretta' instead of 'Bob' 


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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