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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. I Can See Clearly Now
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  One Best Next Step
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Trip Down Memory Lane

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1. The One-Minute TIP

I am convinced we have enormous untapped potential. To use my example with my glasses, we don’t “see” the opportunities around us. This week, make a commitment to push some boundaries, be daring, and explore. Like that old song, you may find you see more clearly and discover that “all obstacles have disappeared!”

2. Welcome Notes

First, I want to acknowledge that Valentine’s was on Thursday, not Tuesday as I wrote last week. The convenient excuse is that my wall calendar notes both Lincoln’s Birthday (Tuesday) and Valentine’s (Thursday). I glanced up too quickly, read it wrong, and there you go.

Personally, however, I much prefer the email Jim Reynolds sent. He suggested that I moved Valentine’s up two days to help thousands of people who might have forgotten to have a loving celebration. I like that! So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I hope you appreciate my efforts on your behalf! <g>

I also suggest you celebrate Valentine’s Day again this week, and perhaps next week as well. Why not? Every day is a great day to write a note, buy some flowers, share a hug or whisper in someone’s ear. It’s amazing what can happen! And, if you want some suggestions to improve your sex life (I think you’ll find it in good taste), check out: 

And remember, Valentine’s (like almost everything in life), is an opportunity to optimize your “World Class Life.” Too many people think of a “great” life as something based on income or talent or youth or whatever. In truth, a “World Class Life” is something you create every single day. It’s about joy and wonder. It’s about fun and gratitude and celebration, and achieving goals. It’s about living in your own special way, but most people never take time to figure out what they truly want, or how to get it.

To create your World Class Life, join us in Wisconsin this May. We’ll spend three days focused on you, your values, and opportunities to create the life you truly want. It’s an amazing conference! Get the info and register at: 

3:  I Can See Clearly Now

As I remember it, years ago there was a popular song that included the words, “I can see clearly now, the rain has gone” and I think there was a line that proclaimed, “all obstacles have disappeared.” I’ve been thinking about those lines this week.

Many people have observed that “clarity is power.” Over the past month, I’ve had an infection in my right eye, with redness, swelling and soreness. The doctor thinks it’s an ingrown eyelash, so while we’re monitoring it closely, there doesn’t appear to be a major problem.

But it has forced me to go without my contacts and live in a blur much of the time. At one point, I went nine days with no glasses and I was fascinated at how quickly it seemed “normal.” The first couple of days were annoying. Then, I spent a couple of days feeling lethargic and disoriented. But by the fifth or sixth day, it was astonishing how comfortable I became. I “forgot” that I couldn’t see very well! I was amazed how quickly I adapted to my new limitations and returned to my usual routine, minus reading and driving.

You see the metaphor, right?

We all go through life with limitations or assumptions that could be fixed as easily putting on a pair of glasses, but we don’t know that. We don’t know what we are capable of until we discover hidden abilities that we’ve had all along.

In talking about this with friends and clients, I’ve discovered that most of us have examples all around us, if we stop to appreciate them.

For me, it was losing the use of my contacts. For others, it’s been discovering a talent we never knew we had. I remember a friend in high school. We had to recite scenes from Shakespeare and he was terrified. He was afraid of public speaking, he didn’t like Shakespeare, he just didn’t want to do it! Then, his turn came. He got in front of the class and did a great job. I’ll never forget his amazement when we talked later—he loved it! For him, it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with theater and today he is a part-time stand-up comic. He might have lived his entire life and never discovered his love for art and theater.

Have you ever cautiously tried a new food, confident you wouldn’t like it only to discover that it was delicious? How about reluctantly going to a concert, a museum or watching a movie because someone “made you,” only to discover you loved it? Examples are all around us, inviting us to enrich our lives in wonderful new ways. And yet, how often we resist change or experimentation because it seems “uncomfortable!”

I’ve often written that it’s important to try new things and visit people and places we’ve never seen before. I think it’s vital to practice a hobby you aren’t very good at because it teaches you what the Buddhist’s call “beginner’s mind,” the ability to be receptive and curious about new things.

Here are a couple possibilities. You could accompany a friend to a house of worship with a tradition different than your own. Or, why not attend a campaign rally for a candidate you don’t support, just for the experience? How about taking your spouse or a friend to a restaurant you would not normally visit?

I am convinced we all have enormous untapped potential. To use my example with my glasses, we don’t “see” the opportunities around us. This week, make a commitment to push some boundaries, be daring, and explore. Like that old song, you may find you see more clearly and discover that “all obstacles have disappeared!”

      Often we “don’t see the forest for the trees.” We need
      to “think outside the box.” We need time and safety
      to dream bigger. You deserve a World Class Life!
     Join us in Wisconsin this May to think bigger and see
      more clearly. Get the info and register at: 

4. Quotes of the Week

"Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage without fear."
                                                    -- P. Hayes

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."
                                                    -- Helen Keller

"All things are possible until they are proved impossible—and even the impossible may only be so as of now."
                                                    -- Pearl S. Buck

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."
                                                    -- Mahatma Gandhi

5. Strictly Business:  One Best Next Step

This week I talked with a client who, like many entrepreneurs, is discouraged by the many things he “has” to do. Most weeks, our calls are interrupted by questions from his assistant or a phone call, or something that “can’t wait.” It’s annoying for me and it’s an incredible drain on his productivity.

I don’t want to pick on him because he’s a wonderful client, and I think we can learn from him.

When he hired me, one of his requests was that I help him focus. Unfortunately, his definition of “focus” is like getting comfortable with a self-imposed version of Attention Deficit Disorder. Most mornings, his daily to-do list is two weeks’ long! His vision of “normal” looks like a circus juggler on speed!

The fact is that at any given moment, there is only one specific action that deserves his undivided attention. There is one thing that, more than any other, will move his business forward and if he does that ONE THING he’s likely to get more and better results than by doing a hundred less important things.

Brian Tracy taught me to this years ago. He pointed out that if I want to get more water through my garden hose, I have to find and fix the one point where the line is most constricted. The constriction may be at the valve on the side of my house. It might be the little washer inside the connection. It might be a kink in the hose, or the nozzle on the end, but until that one specific problem is fixed, changing everything else will make no difference.

The same thing is true of your business. There is one specific thing that represents your current “pinch point.” If you fix it, things will flow much better, but if you don’t fix it, running around like crazy or working 16 hours a day won’t make any difference.

What’s your one and only next BEST step? Identify it. Fix it.

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:

     #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?
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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:  Trip Down Memory Lane

This week, Paul Vogt sent an email with wonderful examples from the “good old days.” Some of you will remember these and, unfortunately, many TIPS subscribers are too young to know what we’re talking about. But for us “old timers,” this is a delightful list. I hope it brings back as many fond memories for you as it did for me. Enjoy!

The perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.  How many of these do you still remember?

Candy cigarettes

Plastic Army Men

Little Coke-shaped wax bottles with colored sugar water inside

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles, for a nickel

Coffee shops with little jukeboxes on the wall beside your table

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum

Milk delivered to your door every morning in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

Chief Pontiac Signs

P.F. Flier high-top basketball shoes

Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(RAymond 4-601). How about party lines?

Howdy Doody

45 RPM records and 45 rpm spindles

Green Stamps

Metal ice cube trays with levers

Roller-skate keys

Cork pop guns

Drive in Movies

Drive in restaurants with Car Hops

Studebakers, Edsels and Hudsons

Washtub wringers

The Fuller Brush Man

The Adventures of Sky King

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders

15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards

25 cent a gallon gasoline

Jiffy Pop popcorn

Chatty Cathy dolls

The Speedy Alka-Seltzer guy

Cigarettes as a thoughtful Christmas present

Falstaff Beer

Burma Shave signs

Brownie cameras and flash bulbs

Timmy and Lassie



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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