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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, December 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. Focus on What You Can Control
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Size of Your Economic Future
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  A Few More Ponderables

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1. The One-Minute TIP

In the coming twelve months the sun will move, the earth will tilt, the seasons will change. You cannot control these things. But you can control what time you get up in the morning. You can choose your attitude, your friends, your reading material, your diet, your focus and your goals. You can, to a remarkable degree, create the life you want. Choose well. Use your power.

2. Welcome Notes

We’ve made our travel plans to be with Mary’s family for Christmas, and I’m finishing up some end-of-year business deals. It’s amazing how fast 2007 has gone by! I hope you and your loved ones are also “gearing up” for a magnificent end of the year and beginning of 2008. Whatever would make your holiday season “absolutely perfect!”—plan it now. Buy the tickets, make the calls, schedule the time.

And, of course, schedule lots of “margin” or personal time around the edges. Almost no one longs for more hurry or more stress during this time of year, and yet how many of “arrange” for that to happen? Schedule time for a massage, for sleeping in, for having fun. Skip at least one party, decline at least one invitation, refuse at least one errand and spend the time smiling. You’ll be glad you did!

Finally, I have a wonderful suggestion to simplify your holiday shopping. My friend, Dr Michael Norwood, wrote an amazing book called The 9 Insights of the Wealthy Soul, based on ideas his father shared with him during his final, terminal, illness. Michael has created a wonderful little movie and I hope you’ll check it out. The movie is powerfully inspirational and I hope you’ll order the book (or several copies for family and loved ones). It’s free and a great example of the spirit of the Season! Enjoy it today at: 

3: Focus on What You Can Control

As I write this, the sun is rising over the hills to the south-east, hidden behind a pillar on the corner of my home. When I sit at this table during the summer, the sun rises off my left shoulder, but now it has moved dramatically to the south. It shifts slowly, and from one day to the next I see no apparent difference, but over time, the earth changes from summer to winter.

Without noticing it, and with no effort on my part, in six months my relationship with the entire solar system has changed! The light in my office has changed, and so I shift positions, re-arrange my computer screen, move the furniture, and even work at a different time of the day, all because of changes over which I have no control, and take no notice.

Success and failure are often like that.

We cannot control many of the things and events in our lives, including the sun and the tilt of the earth. What I DO control is whether or not I put curtains on the windows, arrange my furniture to take advantage of the light, and use the seasons to add variety and perspective to my office. Actually, I depend on the changing angle of the sun to "make" me move the furniture and dust behind my desk every few months. I use these predictable changes to enrich my office and make me look at the world differently.

In life, there are many things over which we have no control. Fortunately however, there are many things we can influence, and a few wonderful things we can arrange as we see fit.

Highly successful people understand this and spend their time and energy where they can make a difference.

There is a wonderful quote that is attributed to both Nelson Mandela and to Marianne Williamson that points out that our fear is not that we are powerless, but that in fact we are powerful beyond measure. We can influence more than we think. Given enough time, courage and determination, we can modify, impact, transform and re-invent almost everything in our lives. We are not in complete control; that is no excuse to deny the power we have!

The new year will last twelve months. You will have 52 weeks in which to choose your priorities. You will have 365 days to decide where to focus your time, your attention and your efforts. You will have thousands of opportunities to choose, to try, and to learn. Twelve months is a huge amount of time! In twelve months you can achieve miracles.

In the coming twelve months the sun will move, the earth will tilt, the seasons will change. You cannot control these things. But you can control what time you get up in the morning. You can choose your attitude, your friends, your reading material, your diet, your focus and your goals. You can, to a remarkable degree, create the life you want. Choose well. Use your power.

4. Quotes of the Week

“If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.”
                                              -- Julia Soul

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase,
just take the first step."
                                              -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."
                                              -- John Dewey

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
                                              -- Anne Frank

5. Strictly Business:  The Size of Your Economic Future

Almost every day, I read that the U.S. economy is on the verge of a slow-down, or that things are up, or things are going down. The reality is that none of us depends upon any national average! Your economic future, and your bottom line, are primarily up to you!

Many TIP's subscribers are employees, and some of you think your salary is determined by your boss, or by union scale, or by some other measure. I appreciate that perspective.

Over time, however, your personal wealth is more a function of savings and investment than any salary you might earn. Over time, your financial future is determined by your contribution, your skills, your energy, your ability to see and grasp opportunity, and the actions you take. Your company pay scale may play a role, but over the long-haul, you decide where you work, what you do, and how much value you contribute.

Jim Rohn is fond of reminding his audiences to "never make the mistake of thinking you work for anyone but yourself." You are the CEO of your own personal services company, and your economic future is in your hands.

A client recently told me this story: He has worked for his local County government for several years, but felt stuck and unhappy. He decided to invest in real estate part-time, and since he could only do it part-time, decided he would have to be very efficient. He hired a coach, focused his time, and now earns more from his investments than from his full-time job.

Your economic realities will be a reflection of your skills, your efforts, your choices, and your value in the market-place. As you plan for the new year, take time to reflect on your income for this year. If you are satisfied that it adequately reflects your abilities, good for you! If not, give thought and reflect carefully on any changes you would like to make in the coming year.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 The 9 Insights Movie
     (It’s Free, It’s Absolutely Stunning & It’s Powerful!)

I just saw an extraordinary web presentation that was emailed to me.

It's called The 9 Insights movie. I can't think of anything better to share with you this holiday season than this moving story that will empower you to overcome obstacles and discover the secrets of filling your life with love, wealth and transformation.

And please forward this email on to all your friends and loved ones. Sharing this beautiful presentation is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season by forwarding this message of hope and transformation around the world. It’s free and it’s at:

     #2 Here is the MasterMind Program I Use!
     Get the Support, Resources and Tools You Need
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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:

     #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:  A Few More Ponderables

As long-time subscribers know, I love these sorts of weird brain-twisters. If you’ve got some good ones, I’m always looking to add to my collection! I hope you enjoy these:

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?

If 7-11 is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how does TEFLON stick to the pan?

If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height, what would happen?

If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?

You know how most packages say "Open here". What is the protocol if the package says, "Open somewhere else"?

Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of the same substance?

Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?


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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