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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Who’s REALLY in Charge?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Why Are You Doing This?
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  The Seamstress

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1. The One-Minute TIP

If you are headed where you want to go in life, good for you! Keep going! But, if you want something more or different for your life, remember that you are in charge. You do not “have to” repeat yesterday’s habits! Make new choices. Take charge. Make small, repeated changes in your thoughts, your habits, your actions and, ultimately, in your destiny. You can do this!

2. Welcome Notes

I’m thrilled by the response to the WCL Conference, but before I get carried away with that, I want to make a request: Get involved in the elections this year. In the U.S., our “political season” is in full swing and I already hear complaints that people are tired of it. But, we live in a democracy where our voices count and our opinions matter.

So here’s some free advice: Don’t blow it! Find an issue, a candidate, or a party you believe in and put some work into it. I don’t share my political preferences here because it’s neither the time nor place. But I will voice them in my community. Democracy works when people are informed and thoughtful, and (politely) debate with their friends and neighbors. This year, in your own way, please get involved. Voice your opinion. Make a difference.

And now some celebration! We already have 36 people registered for the World Class Life Conference in May, and I am delighted! Like most years, about half the registrations are people who have attended before and liked the program so much, they are coming back again!

That is a tremendous endorsement! There are lots of good conferences, but how many have you seen that are so powerful that people come back again!? I take that as a tremendous compliment! If it’s time to get serious about your life, your future and your destiny, I hope you’ll join us. At least get my free report! All the info and my free report “Four Steps to a World Class Life” are at: 

3:  Who’s REALLY in Charge?

Last year, I read the wonderful novel, The Devil Wears Prada, and recently, Mary and I rented the movie on DVD. It’s a good book and Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep work well together in the movie, but the most important line in both the book and the movie are the words, “I don’t have a choice.”

The story’s about an ambitious young woman who gets a dream job (“a million women would kill for your job!”) working for the editor of a top fashion magazine. Soon, the job and her boss have taken over her life, leaving her exhausted, harming her relationships, and causing her to violate her principles. But, through it all, she explains, “I have no choice.” She’s afraid of being fired. She’s afraid of failure. She’s afraid to stand up for herself. And in the end, she loses her sense of who she is.

Of course, in the book and movie, it’s all very dramatic, but the “slippery slope” is rarely so clear in real life. And yet the phrase, “I have to” has become a normal part of our vocabulary.

Every day, I hear people say they “have to” go to work, run errands, answer the phone, or do some other chore. What they usually mean is that some task they have agreed to fulfill is calling and now they “must” take care of it. I understand that.

But it’s also essential that we are careful about the language we use! Our brain is always listening to what we say, especially when we talk to ourselves.

At our World Class Life Conference each May, I tell the participants there is only one thing we “must” do. I ask them to name it and people typically mention that they “have to” work, eat, breath or take care of their family. I correct them by saying the only thing we “must” do is die. EVERYTHING ELSE is a choice.

I highly recommend you pay your taxes. I recommend you eat and breath and address a hundred other ordinary responsibilities, but the point is, you do not “have to!”

Your life belongs to you, and only you can decide how you will live it. Your life is a “do it yourself project.” Make sure you create the life you truly want!

Obviously, we all make compromises in life. We agree to do certain things. We have responsibilities. We’ve learned that to get along, sometimes we have to go along. And in the “margins” of life, there’s nothing wrong with that. But in the core of who you are and how you live your life, your choices really DO matter. In fact, your choices make all the difference in the world.

I begin most days by writing in my journal, and on my desk I have a card with the following reminder: “Today, I am in charge. I choose my thoughts. I choose my attitudes. I choose my actions. And through them, I choose my destiny.”

Your life belongs to you, and what you do with it is your greatest responsibility.

I rarely recommend big or dramatic life changes. Life is a bit like steering a cruise ship and sudden changes can throw lots of people off-balance. Fortunately, life rarely requires big changes, and the really good news is that small, safe, easy changes will work miracles over time. Just repeat daily, as needed.

If you are headed where you want to go in life, keep going! But, if you want something more or different in your life, remember that you are in charge. You do not “have to” repeat yesterday’s habits! Make new choices. Take charge. Make small, repeated changes in your thoughts, your habits, your actions and, ultimately, in your destiny. You can do this!

      At the World Class Life Conference we talk about
      a life of peace, joy, passion and ultimate fulfillment.
      You deserve a GREAT life! If you would like to know
      more, I hope you’ll join us. Choose to take action!
      Get more info and register at: 

4. Quotes of the Week

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

"Inspiration grows into full-scale creation through persistence and
                                                  -- Carol Lloyd

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."
                                                  -- George Bernard Shaw

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
                                                  -- Carl Sandburg

5. Strictly Business:  Why Are You Doing This?

Every successful business leader has a clear answer to this vital question: Why are you building this company? Who does it serve and what's your greater purpose? Answering these questions costs you very little, and it can pay huge dividends.

For some entrepreneurs, the primary purpose is simply to create a business that can be sold. They have a talent for designing systems to meet a real need while making a profit, and they love starting new businesses. Once the company is established, they often sell it and may repeat the process again and again through the years.

Most business owners, however, have some other purpose in mind, and it is often deeply personal. Some want to build a company they can pass on to their children. Others want to see how large and profitable they can make it, and they dream of a vast enterprise with thousands of employees. Still others, want a business that expresses their values or contributes to society in some way.

In coaching hundreds of entrepreneurs, I am struck that it does not seem to matter what the reason actually is. What matters is the ability to keep it in sight at all times. Knowing your personal vision, your purpose or mission, the "reason why we do this", is absolutely critical.

The solution is simple: Keep your eyes on the prize! Step back, gain perspective, renew your commitment. Remember WHY you are doing this! If you are clear about the "why", you'll figure out the "how".

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 The 13th Annual World Class Life(tm) Conference
     May 15-17th in Beautiful Wisconsin!
     If not now, when?
     If not you, who? (You DESERVE this!)

Living well can be defined as living "a life of one's own." Too many of us spend our lives working hard, racing around and chasing other people's goals! Don't let that happen to you! You DESERVE time for yourself! You deserve time to clarify your values, goals and highest aspirations in life! You deserve practical, powerful strategies to make your dreams come true!

Of course you do! And the winners in life take the time. They invest in their skills and their goals. They network with the best people they can find. They attend the seminars. They plot strategy and make sure they are "on course" to achieve their most important priorities.

A great life does not happen by accident or by working "harder" and hoping for the best. Success in life – total, balanced, fulfilling success – is the logical result of doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time. The WCL has been THE turning point for many people over the years. It gives you the tools and the time, the space and permission to focus on what you truly want for your life. It gives you strategies that work, and the inspiration to work them. Make the commitment to create and live the life you truly want!

I hope you'll join us. Get all the info and register at:

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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!

If success is important to you, you MUST have a MasterMind group to help you “get there.” Click for more info.

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7. Humor: The Seamstress

This is a wonderful little story send by my friend and frequent source of chuckles, Dolly Howard. Here’s to you! And, I hope all of you enjoy this little bit of profound insight to how the world really works….

One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "My dear child, why are you crying?"

The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family.

The Lord dipped His hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with pearls.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked

The seamstress replied, "No."

The Lord again dipped into the river. He held out a silver thimble ringed with sapphires.

"Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.

Again, the seamstress replied, "No."

The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble. "Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.

The seamstress replied, "Yes."

The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three
thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.

Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?"

"Oh Lord, my husband has fallen into the river!"

The Lord went down into the water and came up with George Clooney.

"Is this your husband?" the Lord asked.

"Yes," cried the seamstress .

The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!"

The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me, Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to George Clooney, you would have come up with Brad Pitt. Then if I said 'no' to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said 'yes' to George Clooney.

And so the Lord let her keep him.

The moral of this story is: Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and
honorable reason, and in the best interest of others.

That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

All Us Women


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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