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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. For 573 Consecutive Weeks Persistence Pays!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Great Business Discovery of 2007
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  If Dogs Were The Teachers

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1. The One-Minute TIP

To achieve your goals in the coming 52 weeks, know where you want to go, and plan to persist. Plan to continue when the going gets hard, to start over if necessary, and to celebrate small victories along the way. Plan on rainy days and amazing "wins" – life is like that. Persistence pays. And next year, your Thanksgiving will be the biggest and best ever!

2. Welcome Notes

Our most exciting event this week as THANKSGIVING! We had lots of turkey, stuffing, cranberries and too much desert! Mary even let me have gravy! That’s a bit of a private joke, but one of our first fights many years ago was an unfortunate Thanksgiving when Mary worked all day to impress her boyfriend under the illusion (delusion?) that turkey and stuffing can be eaten without gravy! Poor girl was just misinformed. Fortunately, I corrected that error and had the good judgment to marry her anyway.

Would it be too painful if I said, “It’s been gravy ever since!”?????

I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful day of thanksgiving, love, good food and lots of fun.

In other topics, one of the BEST things this week was the response to the MasterMind program I personally use. Over 673 people checked it out last weekend! I hope you will, too.

Having a MasterMind Team of partners who support you, help with ideas, offer encouragement and share their network of resources and tools is one of the most powerful “secrets” the world has ever found! I’ve belonged to MasterMind groups for over 25 years and there’s simply nothing like it. I love the process my friend, Michael Angier, has put together and strongly encourage you to check it out! (I hope to get to know you on the calls!) The info is at: 

3: For 573 Consecutive Weeks Persistence Pays Huge Dividends!

Eleven years ago this week, Mary left me home alone while she worked Thanksgiving weekend at the local hospital. I was unsupervised (never a good thing!) and I decided to start a newsletter. I sent the first issue to 23 friends, and the rest, as they say, is history.

We’ve grown to over 36,000 subscribers and TIP's is one of the largest coaching newsletters in the world! I love the feedback, the community, and the opportunities it has created. Subscriptions are free, but it's made me money, and it has provided motivation, insight, inspiration, support and humor for thousands of people around the world. I think that's a pretty cool!

I’m often asked why TIP’s has been so successful. I like to think the writing is good, and that the price is right! And, there’s an old Woody Allen quote that “90% of success is just showing up," and that counts for a lot. I am incredibly proud of the fact that we haven’t missed a single issue in 573 consecutive weeks.

Persistence counts!

In six short weeks, we’ll begin a new year. A key question is whether you will make 2008 different, bigger and better than this one?

In 2008, you'll have 52 weeks to achieve whatever you wish. In 52 weeks you can transform anything, from your weight to your personality, to your bank account. You can change careers in 52 weeks. You can marry the person of your dreams, or sail around the world in 52 weeks. What will you do in the coming year?

Whatever you decide, you will have to persist. To change careers, you'll have to make decisions, take risks, make mistakes, call some people, start over, get training, perhaps move to a new community, be scared, and celebrate 100 victories along the way. Through it all, you will have to "keep on keeping on".

Now, I'm always in favor of working smart, and I love it when big things happen in short periods of time.

But most of the time, successful people are patient, persistent and work very, very hard. They have clear goals and know exactly what they want to achieve. They plan well, and use efficient strategies. If things are not working, they step back, re-assess and try another way. Always, they "keep on keeping on".

For 20 years, Mary and I have used the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s to review and plan. During these weeks, we take time to talk, to dream, to change our minds, to contradict ourselves, and set goals for the coming year. We get confused; we get clear. We study what friends and associates are doing, we ask family for input and ideas.

We juggle budgets, make assumptions, and dream. We sadly eliminate wonderful ideas that don't fit, while adding ideas and projects that "pop up" during the process. By January 1st, we have a map, a set of strategies and specific outcomes to be achieved in 52 weeks.

It's great fun to dream and plan and strategize. It becomes a source of laughter and inspiration and we look forward to it. That's the easy part.

The hard part is keeping faith, week after week, and taking the daily steps to get where we said we want to go. Which brings me back to publishing TIP's for 573 consecutive weeks.

I had to develop a strategy and make it a habit. Fortunately, most week’s it's fun and many weeks TIPS almost “writes itself.” Clients, books, seminars and friends inspire the topics, I ponder them while walking the dog or doing my daily journal, and then I sit down to write a letter to 40,000 friends.

To achieve your goals in the coming 52 weeks, know where you want to go, and plan to persist. Plan to continue when the going gets hard, to start over if necessary, and to celebrate small victories along the way. Plan on rainy days and amazing "wins" – life is like that. Persistence pays. And next year, your Thanksgiving will be the biggest and best ever!

4. Quotes of the Week

"The great tragedy of life is not death, but what dies inside of us while we live."
                                -- Norman Cousins
"It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true."
                                -- Sara E. Anderson"
"Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become."
                                -- Barbara Geraci
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There is no greater investment."
                                -- Stephen Covey

5. Strictly Business: The Great Business Discovery of 2007

We are nearing the end of 2007 and one of the most important (and profitable) investments you can make is to review the past few months very, very carefully.
 To an amazing degree, we humans are creatures of habit. We are great examples of Newton's law that, "a body set in motion tends to remain in motion." We tend to plunge blindly ahead, repeating yesterday's mistakes and failing to learn from experience. Yes, we take great pride in the fact that we "can" learn, but my observation is that we rarely do.
We assume that what worked yesterday "must" be the way to go next year. Now, of course, we all know we shouldn't do that! We KNOW we should examine our records. We KNOW we should be innovative, creative and original. We know that, but do we do it?
 When Jack Welch was the head of General Electric, he insisted that half the company's profits come from products and services that were less than five years old. Why? His focus was always on innovation because he understood that yesterday's methods would never work in tomorrow's world.
Take time - several hours, perhaps more - to carefully review the following questions:
1. What worked best in 2007? What surprised me, inspired me or taught me something new for my work or business?
2. What did not work, or is working less and less well? What was less profitable or less effective than I expected? What should I drop altogether in 2008?
3. What's new in my field? What are my colleagues doing that I should apply to my business in 2008?
One of the absolute BEST things any professional, business owner or manager can do is invest in seminars and conferences. The chance to get away and "see the forest for the trees" is incredibly valuable. Conferences generate new perspectives, and new ideas create vast new opportunities! Invest in yourself!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 Here is the MasterMind Program I Use!
     Get the Support, Resources and Tools You Need
     Achieve more – BE GREAT in ’08! 

TIPS subscribers know the value of a small group of dedicated partners who will support you, encourage you, hold you accountable, and most importantly, help you ACHIEVE MORE! MasterMind teams succeed!

I’ve belonged to MasterMind teams for over twenty-five years and they have helped me achieve more than I could have dreamed! MasterMind teams have an energy and an “intelligence” all their own. If you are serious about having and doing more, about achieving your goals and creating the life you want, JOIN A MASTERMIND! I can’t be any clearer!

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: 

     #2 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.

     #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:  If Dogs Were The Teachers

I’ve run lists very like this one a few times over the years, and it always delights me. Of course, I love dogs and receive great joy from my relationship with Cody, so I’m totally biased. Nevertheless, I do think the world might be a better place if we considered the following. My friend, Rita Haehnlein sent this to me, and I always appreciate the many people who send me smiles via email! Thanks, Rita!

If dogs were the teachers, you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Let fresh air and the wind in your face be pure ecstasy.

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and never hold a grudge! Run right back and make friends.

Delight in the joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.


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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