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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. How to Take Control of Your Life
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Boss's Most Important Job
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Science Test Papers

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Too often, we try to make big, dramatic changes, only to run into unexpected resistance. Then, too often, we get discouraged and quit. Don’t do that to yourself! Instead, take “baby steps” that are almost guaranteed to be successful. You ARE in charge of your thinking! You ARE in charge of your daily habits and activities. To create the life of your dreams, make sure you’re healthy, control your environment, and take daily actions in the direction you want to go. It’s the path to ultimate success.

2. Welcome Notes

I learned an important lesson about the “little details” this week. My body doesn’t handle uric acid very well, so I take pills to prevent gout. Last weekend, I forgot to count my pills and ran out while on a brief trip. By Monday, my feet were swollen, I was in lots of pain and could hardly walk.

Fortunately, my body responds wonderfully to the pills my doctor prescribes and within a couple days all was well again. The moral: Pay attention to the little stuff!

We tend to rush through life, always in a hurry to be someplace else, and I think we not only forget to count the little pills, but sometimes we forget to be grateful, to hug loved ones, even to catch our breath. Life’s always trying to teach us lessons, and this week, I learned to count all over again!

Finally, I want to remind you about another no-charge letter I produce. I love reading and I always write a brief review of the books I read. About once a month (on average) I send my notes to everyone who’s signed up for my “Best Books” newsletter. Recently, I sent reviews of a personal development book by Brian Tracy, a new biography of President Eisenhower, and reviews of a couple great novels. If you would like a copy, I want to send it to you. Sign up at:

3:  How to Take Control of Your Life

Every week, I get calls from people who feel trapped in jobs or relationships that no longer serve them, or are simply amazed that they haven’t created the life they intended. Most of the inquiries come from talented, educated and resourceful people—the kind of people who are convinced they “should” be doing more with their lives but can’t seem to find a way.

My answer to them typically has three parts:

1. Make sure you are healthy! Being trapped by depression or any physical problem that limits your energy or distorts your thinking is a huge problem! Check your diet, sleep patterns, exercise and general health regularly. See your doctor and ask friends and family if you seem optimistic, energetic and “like yourself.” Be sure they are frank with you!

2. Get around the Good Stuff! As a coach, I am amazed how much stinkin’ thinkin we allow in our lives! We are inundated with bad news, warnings and controversy. If you really want to change your life, be willing to change the channel! Read the good books. Learn the skills. Listen to audio programs. Invest in seminars and workshops—it’s where winners hang out and you can join them!

Here’s a simple reality check: Add up what you’ve spent this year on books, audio programs, personal development and coaching, and compare the total to what you spent on your vacation. If you like the result, great! If not, make some changes!

3. Take control every day. Here’s a simple mantra or affirmation that has worked miracles for hundreds of my clients:

       For today, I am in charge of my thoughts.
       For today, I’m in charge of my attitude.
       For today, I am in charge of my actions,
       and with these tools, I create the life I truly want.

I love the insight from AA that we always live one day at a time. My sense is that “life is a do it yourself” project!

But as the Beatles observed many years ago, it's also true that, “we get by with a little help from our friends.” Be sure you have a coach, a MasterMind team, cheerleaders and friends to encourage you. The poet said, “No man (or woman) is an island.” Take charge of your life, and work with a coach and a team who will help you make your dreams come true!

Too often, we try to make big, dramatic changes, only to run into unexpected resistance. Then, too often, we get discouraged and quit. Don’t do that to yourself! Instead, take “baby steps” that are almost guaranteed to be successful. You ARE in charge of your thinking! You ARE in charge of your daily habits and activities. To create the life of your dreams, make sure you’re healthy, control your environment, and take daily actions in the direction you want to go. It’s the path to ultimate success.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Follow your bliss."
                                      -- Joseph Campbell

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's own self."
                                      -- Montaigne

"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."
                                      -- Ayn Rand

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
                                      -- Goethe

5. Strictly Business:  The Boss's Most Important Job

As the owner or leader in your business, you wear many hats. You are probably the chief innovator, and certainly you are a role model for your team. They watch you, and they follow your lead. You are directly involved in sales, and you are responsible for finances and a multitude of other critical items. So, what's your MOST important job?

That's easy. To get your employees to come back tomorrow morning.

I recently saw a case-study of SAS, the software development company, and it was remarkable. On average, turn-over at similar companies runs about 20% per year. At SAS, it's less than 5% per year! Think of the thousands of hours that saves in recruiting, training and management time, not to mention the savings in costs! What's their secret?

The boss understands that for all his land and equipment and proprietary systems, his most essential assets "walk out of the building every night, and it's my job to see that they walk back in tomorrow morning."

Even in this tight economy, there are jobs to be had. Your best and most essential people probably get job offers thrown at them every month! People can walk out the door, start their own company and compete with you over night. What people want, and have always longed for, is respect, fulfillment, satisfaction and recognition. Research says that, in general, you cannot pay people enough to stay on a job if they don't like the work, the environment, or their co-workers, and those things are YOUR job!

As the "boss" (even if you are your only employee!), your key task is to see that your people are well served, well maintained, well trained and well respected. Without that, everything else is just a pause until they move on.

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 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!

     #3 Got a Website?
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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!

7. Humor: Science Test Papers

A subscriber sent this list of supposed answers from student science papers. I’ve lost the name of the person who sent the list to me, but it certainly made me laugh! I doubt these are real answers from real students, but whoever came up with them is a true genius! I hope you enjoy them!

"The body consists of three parts - the branium, the borax, and the abominable cavity. The branium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five - a, e, i, o, and u."

"To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube."

"Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water."

"The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader."

"A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold."

"Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas."

"A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors."

"The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight."

"Liter: A nest of young puppies."

"Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot."

"Vacuum: A large mansion where the pope lives."

"To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose."

"For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body until the heart stops."

"For dog bite: put the dog away for several days. If he has not recovered, then kill it."

"To prevent contraception, use a condominium."


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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