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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Finish Strong, Start Fresh
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Your 2007 Tax-Relief Package
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Sports Commentators

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Ending 2007 on a high note is not difficult, but it does require a plan. Similarly, guaranteeing that 2008 will be your best year ever requires thoughtful planning and careful preparation. Many people have noted that “success is no accident.” It is the result of planning, preparation, hard work and attention to detail. Now is the time to finish this year strong and start 2008 with a plan, tools and momentum to “Be GREAT in 0-Eight!”

2. Welcome Notes

It’s been a curious week around here. Mary came down with a severe cold or flu several days ago, and being the generous person she is, she shared it with me. I’ve been blessed with good health most of my life, but this has been a “doozy”—anyone know how to spell doozy? Anyway, we’ve been taking turns with the tissues, drinking lots of juice, and coughing until our throats are raw and we can’t talk.

Since she got sick first, it’s only right that she’s bouncing back first, so on a beautiful Thursday she’s out re-stocking the cupboards and enjoying some fresh air. I’ll be back on my feet soon, but in the meantime I’m appreciating the joys of good health and missing my long walks with Cody in the crisp fall air. (The poor dog knows something’s wrong and follows me around with a concerned look on his face. Very sad!) I promise to take better care of myself in the future!

In the meantime, I want to remind all my subscribers to get my new ebook on MasterMind groups. I released it a couple months ago and we’re getting wonderful emails from groups all over the world who are seeing the power of this remarkable system. As you prepare for 2008, please consider forming and using the support and resources of a MasterMind Alliance! There’s nothing like it—miracles happen in these groups! Check it out at: 

3: Finish Strong, Start Fresh

It’s hard to believe it’s the first of November already! This has been an exciting year for us, with lots of travel, business opportunities and family affairs. As the cliché goes, the year has “flown by!” I hope 2007 has been a great year for you, too.

As I get older, I notice that the “great” years don’t just happen. I’m not a wine connoisseur, but I suspect there are parallels between creating a great wine and creating a great life. Sure, some things we can’t control play a role–things like the weather and bugs and disease—but the things we can control play an even bigger role. In making wine, I imagine that knowing the soil, selecting the best type of grape, knowing how to prune, fertilize and exactly when to harvest play a huge role. While luck plays a part, art and science and attention to detail are even more important.

So it is with creating a great year, and a great life.

As 2007 draws to a close, I’m convinced there are certain things highly successful people do to “prepare the ground” for the new year.

First, finish this year strong. That means working hard these next few weeks. Most of us will take time off for year-end holidays and celebrations so your key projects and goals for 2007 must be completed before that happens. Now is the time to wrap up details. Now is the time to put in extra hours, make a few more calls, send one more proposal. Don’t wait until the holidays are upon us! Do it now. Finish strong.

Second, finish the year on time. That means having our accounting and paperwork done, having your expense accounts, filing and planning done and off your desk before the holidays! Now is the time for year-end tax planning. Do you need to meet with your accountant? Do you need to gather any data or remind vendors or colleagues to get reports to you? Send those reminders now, not in the midst of New Year’s greetings.

Third, guarantee you’ll “Be GREAT in O-Eight!” I am not a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions” because too many of them are made in a rush, sometimes in the midst of a hangover! But I am a huge fan of previewing the year in advance. I am a huge fan of using calendars to plot the rhythm of your year. I believe in setting goals, developing strategies and plans, and giving yourself every chance for greatness in the year ahead.

Good planning takes time. It requires multiple conversations and hard decisions. Will you spend more on travel or remodel the house next year? Would you prefer to make more money or have more time as a family? How much will you invest for personal development verses investing in your business or for retirement?

These are not easy questions and answering them requires time to ponder, perhaps jotting notes and ideas on paper. It may require conversations with your loved ones, or with your financial advisors. Tools like calendars, calculators and spreadsheets may be required. You may want to discuss your goals with your personal coach, if you have one.

The point is that ending 2007 on a high note is not difficult, but it does require a plan. Similarly, guaranteeing that 2008 will be your best year ever requires thoughtful planning and careful preparation. Many people have noted that “success is no accident.” It is the result of planning, preparation, hard work and attention to detail. Now is the time to finish this year strong and start 2008 with a plan, tools and momentum to “Be GREAT in 0-Eight!”

4. Quotes of the Week

"God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius."
                                           -- Anna Pavlova

“You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.”
                                           -- Dale Carnegie

"It only takes one person to change your life—you."
                                           -- Ruth Casey

"You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you."
                                           -- Brian Tracy

5. Strictly Business:  Your 2007 Tax-Relief Package

Except for the housing and mortgage markets, the U.S. economy is humming along nicely, but did you know that you can create your own stimulus package and do it with the Government’s help? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that 2008 will be a MUCH more profitable year?

Two or three times each fall I remind readers that any business-related investments between now and December 31st will reduce your taxable income, and thus reduce your taxes next April. The net effect is that Uncle Sam pays for 40-50% of whatever you buy! Imagine going shopping and knowing that each time you buy an item, your Uncle slashes the price in half!

But that’s only the beginning!

Smart investments in your business will almost surely make you money going forward. Think about that!

Would new software enhance your productivity? Would a new website increase sales? Would new training or a new vehicle or a new desk make you more productive? Investing in these things will do far more to increase your bottom line than any “stimulus package” Congress is ever likely to pass.

And the beauty is that you can customize it to precisely fit your personal needs and desires. I’m typing this on a new computer, using a new low-emission monitor, while sitting in a new lumbar-support chair that has definitely increased both the amount of time I work, and my productivity. Great investments!

As always, please check with your tax professional for the details. The specifics are different in each individual case and of course they vary in different countries, but in general you can create and take delivery of your own custom-designed economic stimulus package for 2008, and the Government will even help pay for it. No business or professional should miss this once-a-year opportunity!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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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!

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7. Humor:  Sports Commentators

I would not want to be a sports commentator, describing the action while handling the technology and trying to think, all at the same time. But there are people who actually like juggling, and so here are some quotes from, “The World Of Soccer Broadcasting.” I apologize that I don’t know who sent these to me, so can’t acknowledge them. I found this in my file, it a made me smile, and I hope you enjoy them as well. Cheers!

1. Well, it's Liverpool two, Ipswich nil, and if the score stays this way, I've got to fancy Liverpool for the win.

2. He had an eternity to play that ball, but took too long.

3. And so they have not been able to improve on their 100% record.

4. With the last kick of the game, he scored with a header.

5. Well, it's a fabulous kaleidoscope of color: almost all the Brazilians are wearing yellow shirts.

6. If that had gone in, it would definitely have been a goal.

7. Their manager, Howard Wilkinson, isn't here today, which strongly suggests that he may be elsewhere.

8. I am a firm believer that if one team scores a goal, the other needs to score two to win.

9. If a team scores early on, it often takes an early lead.

10. You cannot possibly have counted the number of passes made, but there were eight.


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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