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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. How to Survive and Thrive on Chaos
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Attracting Riches (and Money)
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  I Remember When

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1. The One-Minute TIP

John Lennon observed that "life is what happens while you were making other plans." Life will not wait until we are ready or until we catch our breath. Winners thrive on chaos. They'll see and seize opportunities, and they'll love the wild ride. In a world swirling with change and chaos, they invest in themselves and they get things done.

2. Welcome Notes

Happy Spring! I say that mostly on faith this week. The calendar says spring is here, Easter is past, and it should be warm (we have a nice forecast for the weekend!) but so far, it’s strictly April showers, windy and cold. True, we really have nothing to complain about. We’ve got food, clothing, a nice house and all the necessities, but my daffodils are fading, even the cherry blossoms are gone. And it’s still raining! Whine, whine, whine.

It is interesting how hard it can be to “count our blessings.” This morning’s sunrise was gorgeous, Mary and I had time for coffee, we’re healthy and blessed in a thousand ways. But I complain about the weather! Curious. Here's hoping you (and I) have a magnificent week and perhaps even more importantly, let's give ourselves permission to enjoy every moment of it!

Finally, the last seats for the World Class Business are going fast. I believe there are only 6 spots left (this is Wed afternoon) and I know there are many of you who should join us and I would love to beg them to give us a larger space! This is a tremendous Conference, at a beautiful location, and it changes lives. If you've been thinking about it, please take action. Check your schedule, check with your spouse (why not attend together!?) and sign up. Get info and register at: 

3: How to Survive and Thrive on Chaos

This is a time of chaos. In the past two weeks one airline has canceled 3000 flights (yikes!) and three airlines declared bankruptcy. We all know about the mortgage crisis and problems in the housing market. And of course, it’s an election year. Chaos reigns! And winners will find a way to thrive on it.

The most effective people in the new century will be those who thrive in a world of chaos. They do not believe the world is actually "chaotic" because the laws of cause-and-effect still apply. You still get results based on intelligent action and focused effort. But they understand we live in a world that "seems" chaotic and they thrive on it.

Peak performers in the 21st century will be comfortable with ambiguity. They know they will never have enough information. They know the rules are constantly changing, and yet they play “flat-out” because they expect to win. They know that action and calm, purposeful effort in the midst of the storm are still the keys to success.

I'm intrigued by how easily disrupted our lives are. I was in an airport this week, and the variety of responses was mind-blowing. Thousands of people were upset, angry, tense or confused. But here and there, little clusters of people were getting work done. Sure they were tired and sometimes hungry, but they were on their computers or cell phones. Or they were taking naps, reading, playing cards or talking with other stranded travelers.

In the midst of chaos, winners do not fall into over-whelm and dysfunction. They get things done. As the old cliché says, When life gives them lemons, they make lemonade.

Several things are necessary to thrive in the midst of chaos:

1. Exceptional boundaries. Winners structure their own lives and refuse to get caught up in other people’s drama. They know how to close their doors and ignore disruptions. They know where they are going and they tolerate few, if any, distractions.

2. Exceptional vision. They know their priorities and their desired outcomes. They know what they want and they can see, taste, smell and even touch their results in advance. They have goals rather than mere hopes or dreams.

3. Exceptional self-direction. Winners are in charge of their lives and chaos around them is merely someone else’s drama swirling nearby. They maintain their inner calm. They are not easily lost or confused. They know their priorities and their direction, even when their flight is canceled.

4. Exceptional optimism. They see chaos as opportunity. Chaos "stirs the pot" and opens doors. Rather than annoying or frustrating them, they love it! On a wild and windy day, a rainbow may appear at any moment and they welcome it.

5. Exceptional Reserves. They take care of themselves. They eat well, rest often, save and invest wisely and when opportunity knocks, they are waiting to answer the door. They operate from strength and stability, while a chaotic world wreaks havoc on the competition.

6. Exceptional response-ability. Rather than reacting from anger or anxiety, they see an ever-changing world and thoughtfully respond to opportunities that present themselves. Most people react; winners respond.

John Lennon observed that "life is what happens while you were making other plans." Life will not wait until we are ready or until we catch our breath. Winners thrive on chaos. They'll see and seize opportunities, and they'll love the wild ride. In a world swirling with change and chaos, they invest in themselves and they get things done.

      If you want to stop “running faster and living less”
      join us for the World Class Life Conference in May.
      Take time to relax, renew, and re-commit to your
      most important goals. Focus on practical strategies
      to create and LIVE the life you truly want. But act
      quickly! Space is limited and the WCL always fills up. 

4. Quotes of the Week

"If you are clear about what you want, the world responds with clarity."
                                        -- Loretta Staples

"Fear is nothing except a drain of energy and not a power unto itself. Trust in yourself, for therein lies the true power."
                                        -- Lori Hard

"Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them."
                                        -- Henry Hoskins"

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."
                                        -- Jonathan Winters

5. Strictly Business:  Attracting Riches (and Money)

Making money is an interesting hobby. There is lots of money in the world. The world is awash with it! There is more money floating around, changing hands and making people wealthy than ever before, and yet many of us find it difficult to keep enough of it for ourselves. How can that be?

Here's a simple rule: Making money is hard; being of service is easy.

And here's the brilliant corollary: If you can serve enough people, they will give you money out of gratitude.

Too many business people go directly for the money and find it awfully hard to get ahead. Money does not want to be trapped or tricked or corralled. Money is a reward for the service we provide to others and in some strange way, it flows to those who serve.

Do you need a good business plan, good people and good products? Of course! But the primary focus must be on providing value and serving your customer. If you do that, and do it with honesty, style and enthusiasm, the money will follow. It always has and always will.

We all prefer doing business with people we like and trust. We prefer doing business with people who make things easy, who serve us well, who stand behind their product or service, and do it with an easy smile and lots of grace.

Only rarely is a deal based primarily on price. I routinely drive past businesses (grocery stores, lawyers, repair shops) who might offer a lower price in order to do business where I have confidence in the service I'll receive. I bet you're the same way and in business, you want to use that to your advantage.

Find a way to provide extraordinary service and the money will follow. That's been my experience and I trust it. I think it'll work for you, too.

If you would like coaching to improve your bottom line and the quality of life you experience in both work and play, contact me. Let's make the future far more profitable (and fun!) than the past. I'm at:

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 Your World Class Life!
     With Dr Philip E. Humbert
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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.

     #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:  I Remember When

Here’s a little trip down memory lane for those of us “of a certain age.” For those too young to know about these things, my sympathy—you missed the “golden age’ of growing up in the 1950’s. For everyone else, here’s some nostalgia from my friend, Bill Barrows, with one addition (because of lawyers and because this is the 21st century): CAUTION! Some of these practices may cause severe illness, discomfort or DEATH! Be afraid; be very afraid!)

Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach. She must have been trying to give us all food poisoning!

And she used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag (not in icepack coolers), but I don’t remember getting E coli.

The term cell phone conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE... and  risked injury with a pair of high top Ked's instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson by running down the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile and hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be if we had only known we could sue the school system?

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged  psyches.

Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or cable TV.

I must also be repressing the dangers as we trekked about a mile down the road to some guy's vacant lot, built forts, and fought over who got to be the Lone Ranger. What was that property owner thinking? He should have been locked up for not putting up a fence around the property, complete with a self-closing gate and an infrared intruder alarm.

Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on vacant lots and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of antibiotics and then Mom sues the owner for leaving a pile of gravel where it was such a  threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked (physical abuse) and then we got spanked again when we got  home! So unfair!

Summers were spent behind the push lawn mower and I didn't even know that mowers came with motors until I was 13 and we got one that didn’t even have an automatic blade-stop or auto-drive. How sick were my parents?

Of course my parents weren't the only psychos. I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that? We needed group therapy and anger management classes? Who knew?

We were obviously so duped by societal ills that we didn't notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?



   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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