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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Secret of Motivation and Success
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Coping with Over-Whelm
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  The Newest in Medication

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Know the future you want and have a strategy or system to make it happen. Of course, life doesn’t always turn out the way we hoped. Stuff happens. But winners are very precise about the future they want and they imagine it and work for it, every single day. You should to!

2. Welcome Notes

Almost every week, someone asks where I get my ideas for TIPS. Many of the ideas come from my reading and, of course, from conversations with my brilliant clients around the world. Their insights and questions never cease to amaze me! This week, I owe a debt to my MasterMind team and thought I’d describe the process just a bit.

About a week ago, I had a vague, half-formed insight about how motivation and goal-setting actually works for me. I was walking Cody before sunrise and as I mumbled, he cocked his head and gave me a look that I might be on to something useful. From there, I shared my ramblings with my MasterMind team and their questions encouraged me to think further. The results are the article below and I hope you find it helpful. If you do, that’s how I brilliantly put it together. If you don’t, blame Cody for encouraging me to pursue a half-baked idea in the early morning darkness.

(Sure, Humbert, real nice! Blame the dog! But he never complains, always wags his tail, and loves me anyway. What can I say?)

Seriously, most TIPS comes from pondering. I don’t think Americans take enough time to ponder. Some call it meditation or thinking, but I’m convinced we benefit from more quiet time, Take time to watch the sunrise or talk with your dog. I think it was Yogi Bera who said, “You can learn a lot by listening.”

Finally, take time for personal renewal. I invite you to my World Class Life Conference this May, but whether you can join us or not, take time to get perspective. Go where it’s quiet. Be inspired. Take notes. Plan, strategize and energize. Come back focused and “ready!” You deserve it and your life will be immeasurably enriched. To join us in Wisconsin, register at: 

3: The Secret of Motivation and Success

I’ve always wondered why some folks accomplish more, get better results, earn more or leave a lasting legacy, while others work hard but never seem to “get it together.” What the difference between high achievers and the “rest of us.” Why are some people so happy with their lives? What’s the KEY?

I’m sure there may be other ways to phrase it, but I’ve discovered three BIG parts of the answer. When I read about the most admired people in history, or talk with highly successful people, there are three daily activities that stand out. Most importantly to me, these three things seem to make a huge difference in my own life and my own results. I’d like to share them with you.

1. Positive Self-Awareness. High achievers talk to themselves constantly and are very clear and positive in their self-descriptions.

We all have dozens of ways we describe ourselves to ourselves. We tell ourselves, “I’m a good cook” or “I don’t dance.” We tell ourselves we’re athletic or smart or that we “can’t sing.” And here’s a critical piece: We all have areas where we want to improve our performance. High performers consciously and continuously think about getting better and better in those specific areas.

This is familiar to those who use “affirmations” but it’s a bit different from the way affirmations are usually taught. I’m not talking about “affirming” that you’ve reached your yearly income goal. Far from it! I’m talking about things that winners can change immediately.

Here are two simple examples. Many people tell themselves, “I’m a terrible procrastinator.” By doing that, they actually affirm the habit of procrastination. In contrast, winners consciously decide never to say that again! Instead they might substitute a positive self-affirmation like, “I do it now!” or perhaps, “I never put off things I can do today.” Then, they repeat that over and over, on purpose, every day. Procrastination becomes a thing of the past.

A second example. People who are afraid to fly (or have similar fears) focus on their fears and tell themselves, “I hate flying,” or, “Flying terrifies me.” Winners might analyze that fear, decide it’s not statistically rational and not moving them toward the life they want. Then they create an alternative statement such as, “I love flying to exciting destinations,” or “I’m relaxed and confident when I fly.”

Winners consciously and continuously affirm the person they want to be. Instead of berating themselves for habits they want to change, they practice positive self-awareness.

2. Positive Daily Habits. We all have dozens of things we do every day. We brush our teeth, read the paper, walk the dog, eat dinner and so forth. In addition, winners have a few carefully chosen, specific disciplines they do every single day to move them toward the life they want.

Thomas Leonard gave me this idea many years ago, and called it his Daily Ten. For me, it’s become a Daily Eight. The idea is to find a short list of daily actions that will move you forward. I’ll share my Daily Eight by way of example. Every day I so these eight things:

Read, Write, Walk, Work, Nest, Network, Romance and Have Fun

I’ve defined each of those words to suit myself. “Read” refers to actually reading at least a few minutes (up to an hour) every day. “Walk,” on the other hand, has a much broader definition and simply refers to cardio-vascular activity of some sort, every single day. “Nest” refers to keeping the house, my office and personal environment clean, attractive and functional. “Romance” and “Fun” have broad definitions, and I’ll leave them to your imagination.

The point is that winners are disciplined. They know that simple, daily actions to enrich their lives and move toward their goals will, in time, bring results.

3. Positive Future Plans. The ordinary word for this is “goals.” Winners make clear, specific, focused choices for what they want in the future. For some, these are traditional goals with a plan—to earn $250,000 this year or to visit Paris next summer. Other people find “goals” too confining or too limiting. They might refer to “direction” or “themes” or even use a word that drives some goal-setters crazy, “dreams.” I don’t think the term is important, but the concept is vital!

Know the future you want and have a strategy or system to make it happen. Of course, life doesn’t always turn out the way we hoped. Stuff happens. But winners are very precise about the future they want and they imagine it and work for it, every single day. You should to!

Positive Self-Awareness, Positive Daily Actions and Positive Future Plans are critical for success. Know and use these three simple principles to create the life you truly want. They won’t let you down.

      Perhaps another key is to have time and space (and
      support) to define exactly what you want in life. Join
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      Class Life! Who will you become? What daily activities
      do you want in your life? Most importantly, what does
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4. Quotes of the Week

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
                                      -- Jeremy Kitson

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

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them."
                                      -- Dr. Joyce Brothers

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
                                      -- Mark Twain

5. Strictly Business:  Coping with Over-Whelm

Every business owner or manager has far more to do than anyone can accomplish in the time available. We all have marketing and research to do, meetings to attend, people to supervise or a website to build. It’s easy to feel over-whelmed.

What’s a leader to do?

Failures let themselves get over-whelmed and feel that it’s “too much,” or that they “can’t do it all.”

Winners, on the other hand, accept reality. Of course you can’t do it all! No one could! That’s the way business is. You can’t fight it.

Winners employ three simple steps, and I highly recommend them.

1. They say, No! They understand that some of the have-to’s are simply unrealistic and they say no, even if it would be “nice” if they could do them. Some of the things on any manager’s list simply won’t get done, at least not today. Delegate or out-source as much as you can. When necessary, just say No.

2. They Sequence. This is another word for prioritizing. A few things must be done now, or soon. Others must be done, but can wait until tomorrow or next week, perhaps even until next year. Do the things of most importance, leave everything else until it’s turn.

3. They Focus. Successful leaders do one thing at a time, and each individual item, at that critical moment, gets their full attention. When you’re in a meeting that you’ve decided is the most important thing at the moment, BE THERE! Pay attention. Be alert. Stay focused.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 Your World Class Life!
     With Dr Philip E. Humbert
     May 15-17 in Green Lake, Wisconsin

Is your life working the way you planned? Are your biggest dreams and most exciting ambitions still sitting on the shelf, waiting for “someday?” Are you stuck or frustrated, or letting time and chance and other people make decisions about your life, and your future? Is it time to do something about that? This is for you!

Join me for three days in May where the focus will be on designing, creating and living the life you truly want! Top achievers are not different or born under a lucky star. They simply KNOW what they want, create SYSTEMS to achieve it, and then follow a road-map to success.

This is for YOU! It is a Conference entirely focused on helping you design your ideal life, and create systems and plans and skills to make it happen. Living well is an art, but there is also a science to it. There are skills and habits that highly successful people use, and you can learn them! Don't miss this! “Seize the day” and let this be the opportunity that changes everything! 

     #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.

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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: The Newest in Medication

With the marketing of prescription medications for everything from anxiety to sexual dysfunction, it was only a matter of time before some humorist came up with suggestions for drugs the big pharmaceutical companies haven’t thought of yet. Paul Vogt sent me these and while they are a bit racy or gender-specific, I thought most of us are open-minded enough to enjoy them. Have fun with these!

Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to heck for up to 8 full hours.

ST.  M O M M A'S  W O R T
Plant extract that treats mom's depression by rendering preschoolers unconscious for up to two days.

Pill that eliminates melancholy and loneliness by reminding you of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn't wait till they moved out.

Liquid silicone drink for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and prevents conception.

When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ, resulting in enjoyment of super big hair, ultra high heels, country music and jacked up pickup trucks.

Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

Potent anti-boy-otic for older women. Increases resistance to such lethal lines as, "You make me want to be a better person. Can we get naked now?"

Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency, duration, and credit limit of spending spree.

Relieves headache caused by a man who can't remember your birthday, anniversary or phone number.

A N T I-T A L K S I D E N T!
A spray carried in a purse or pocket to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers in elevators or on airplanes.

When administered to a husband, provides the same irritation level as nagging him all weekend, saving his wife the time and trouble of doing it herself.


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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