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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Gratitude, Greed, Attraction & Abundance
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Get Organized!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Thanksgiving Quotes

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1. The One-Minute TIP

This week, pause to give thanks for life, for health and wealth, for loved ones and education and all that surrounds us, but also imagine yourself as a “steward” of these things. Imagine yourself taking care of them, cherishing them, and investing your riches to increase them in 2008. Gratitude is good, but so is “greed”—in the healthy sense of using what we have to create even more for ourselves and others in the future.

2. Welcome Notes

At this time of the year, almost everyone celebrates. Some of us celebrate Christmas, others celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah or Solstice, or one of the other great traditions. This week, most Americans celebrate our annual Thanksgiving. Whatever tradition you follow, at this time of year we all hug, remember our roots, and look to the future. This year, as you share with loved ones, why not join in celebration with neighbors who observe a heritage different than your own?

You might learn some new songs or dances, you’ll probably get some good food, and it turns out this is a small planet and we need all the neighborliness we can get! Why not invite a foreign student or someone who lives alone to join you and your family? Just an idea….

Finally, two more notes. The response to last week’s TIPS from Las Vegas was wonderful! We got emails full of humor and teasing and stories of other people’s adventures in Vegas and around the world. I love writing TIPS! This is an amazing community! Thanks to all of you, and if you missed last week’s issue, check it out at: 

An urgent reminder! On Friday I sent a special note about Michael Angier’s “Diamond Club” program. If you missed it, please check his web page or look for that email in your inbox. I’ve been part of MasterMind groups for over twenty-five years, and this is the program I personally use because it’s powerful, it works, it helps me achieve my goals, and it’s fun! Whatever your goals for 2008, I hope you’ll join me! 

3: Gratitude, Greed, Attraction & Abundance

This week, the U.S. celebrates our Thanksgiving Day. Canada celebrated a few weeks ago, and other countries have their own days but my friends and colleagues, and the news media, are focused on our American holiday this week. The conversation is about gratitude and being thankful.

But since I’m a contrary sort of guy, along with gratitude, I’ve been pondering our ambition to have even more. I suspect thanksgiving for what we have and the desire for more actually go together, like opposite sides of the same coin.

Clearly, gratitude is necessary to know joy and abundance. Without gratitude, we tend to focus on what we lack or think we “need,” and we close up. We get “tight” and it’s very hard to see or seize opportunity. When we focus on what we lack, there’s a poverty of spirit, a grasping or fear that makes us small. Gratitude sets us free to laugh and sing and celebrate!

At the same time, there is something wonderfully human about optimism and a desire for “more.” We are ambitious people. Growth and expansion and the desire for riches are part of the human experience. It’s natural to desire and work for a better, richer life.

Remember the Oliver Stone movie, Wallstreet, and Michael Douglas’ famous exclamation that, “Greed is good!”? He argued that greed leads to investment, to study, preparation, hard work and risk-taking. Greed motivates us.

Now obviously, the standard definition of greed is ugly. Usually, we think of greed as a voracious desire to take from others, no matter what the cost or moral consequences. I want no part of that, although like most of us, I admit I see its ugly presence in my life once in a while.

Is there, however, a positive aspect to greed? I suspect so.

Once in a while, we see people who are so caught-up in giving to others that they are unable to receive. While generalities are always dangerous, I’ve seen it most often in women who are so focused on caring for others that they fail to adequately care for themselves. Obviously, this is not gender-specific, but some people even have a hard time graciously accepting praise or a compliment. They feel awkward receiving a prize or accepting a gift.

I often wonder how that holds us back and limits us.

I think of Life trying to give us abundance, trying to offer us wealth and opportunity while we’re so focused on not being “greedy” that we close our hands and refuse the gift. I see that as a false humility, an insult to God and Life. We live in an abundant, beautiful world. We live in a time of unlimited opportunity and endless variety, and yet sometimes in trying to be “grateful” we think small and refuse the richness around us.

Just to be contrary and daring, this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to be grateful for all you have, and to also think in terms of how you will use your wealth to create and contribute even more! As you pause to give thanks, take a moment to review your goals for 2008. Think about what you will DO with all you have! Imagine what’s possible!

This week, pause to give thanks for life, for health and wealth, for loved ones and education and all that surrounds us, but also imagine yourself as a “steward” of these things. Imagine yourself taking care of them, cherishing them, and investing your riches to increase them in 2008. Gratitude is good, but so is “greed”—in the healthy sense of using what we have to create even more for ourselves and others in the future.

We have much to be thankful for. Gratitude is good and right and necessary. But so is the ancient blessing: “May you and your tribe increase in the year ahead!”

4. Quotes of the Week

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."
                                        -- Walt Disney

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
                                        -- Theodore Roosevelt

"We are what we repeatedly do."
                                        -- Aristotle

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world."
                                        -- Anne Frank

5. Strictly Business:  Get Organized!

I was reminded this week that "the higher you go in any organization, the neater the desks are." My friend was sharing his observation that when he visits any business or organization, he half expects the mail room, the shipping department, the places where new hires start out, to be messy.

When he talks with managers, he's grown accustomed to greater orderliness, more routine, less chaos. And when he visits the executive suite of a successful company, it's usually quiet, neat as a pin, and very focused.

Now the question becomes, did people move up because they were more organized, or did they get more organized as they moved up? And of course the answer is, "yes!” The fact is that successful leaders are organized!

Every office requires a set of routine folders for the new year. You need some new calendars, some new payroll forms, some new appointment books. And, at the end of the year, some old files become obsolete and it's time to trash them. Take care of this!

This week, get ready for 2008! This week, get ahead of the game and prepare the forms, the files, the materials you know you will need on January 1st. Like Santa Claus, make a list, check it twice, then take action. Play ahead of the game.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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I’ve written a book about this (see below), and you can form your own team, but why not join a program that has dozens of tools, resources, audio recordings and partners already in place? Why “re-invent the wheel?” I’ve known and worked with Michael Angier for ten years. I belong to his “Diamond Club” because it works, and because it’s fun! I hope you’ll join me! At least, check it out at:  

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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:  Thanksgiving Quotes

Bob Armstrong sent a collection of wonderful quotes about gratitude and thanksgiving this week. Thank you, Bob! I pass them along as a gentle reminder to us all. May you have a rich, wonderful, and blessed Thanksgiving!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. --Melody Beattie

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. --Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. --Cicero

Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t. --Unknown

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. --Cynthia Ozick

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. --H.U. Westermayer

Some complain that roses have thorns—others rejoice that thorns have roses! --Unknown

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence. --Erma Bombeck

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it--would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. --Ralph Marston

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. --John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Every time we remember to say "thank you," we experience nothing less than heaven on earth." --Sarah Ban Breathnach


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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