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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, May 25, 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 Memorial Days of Your Life
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Your Summer Campaign
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Testimony From St Louis Courts

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1. The One-Minute TIP

What are your personal Memorial Days? Have you used your freedoms, your talent, your dreams and abilities to create the life you want? Some dates are specific and easy to recall, others may not have seemed special but in retrospect, we know they were turning points. We all have these Memorial Days and they are important. Use them to create the confidence, the courage and momentum you need to continue moving forward.

2. Welcome Notes

To all of our American subscribers, Happy Memorial Day! I assume many of you are traveling, doing family things, maybe spending time at a park, camping, fishing or going to a ball game. It wouldn’t surprise me if readership is down this week, with many of you taking a well-deserved break! Good for you!

For those who are checking email this weekend, I’m delighted to share the wonderful news that today is our 22nd wedding anniversary! I realize those who know me will be surprised that anyone has stayed with me that long. The far larger mystery is how someone as young, vivacious and delightful as Mary could possibly have been married for 22 years!

I have been more than blessed and it seems the least I can do to show my gratitude and love is to spend some special time with her this weekend. So I will not be in the office or answering email during the holiday weekend. We’ll be back to regular hours on Tuesday.

Finally, after our World Class Life Conference last week, we spent the week enjoying ourselves in Wisconsin. Mother Nature blessed us with sunshine and warm weather, and without doing any “work” I wrote almost 10,000 words toward a new ebook! It’s amazing what happens when we surround ourselves with the right environment and give ourselves time and space to “play” with exciting projects. There’s a lesson in that.

3: The Memorial Days of Your Life

This is our Memorial Day Weekend, a time traditionally set aside to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Liberty and democracy are fragile things and they do not flourish by themselves. They require loving care and, too often, costly sacrifice by those who cherish them. Every day, liberty is under attack by those who would censor our words, our thoughts and our prayers. Every day, freedom is challenged by those—often good, well-intentioned people—who want "order" at the expense of chaotic, inefficient democracy.

We are free people and we can disagree about where, and when, and how we should defend freedom, but we are only free because brave men and women have resisted tyranny. In honor of those who died on 9/11, and to those who have sacrificed in the past and are continuing to sacrifice every single day so we can enjoy our holidays, have our picnics, and have our debates: Thank you.

And now I want to make a tricky intellectual "pivot" and turn from talking about honoring those who fought for our freedoms, and talk about how we build our own lives, and the "Memorial Days" that signify our progress. Clearly, we must first acknowledge Memorial Day the way it was intended and honor those who have given their lives for our freedom, but we honor them most by USING our freedom, not merely luxuriating in it.

I'm going to make a strong, blunt statement that may offend some, but here goes: I believe too many of us (around the world, not only in the U.S.) have grown flabby and lazy. We enjoy our freedoms, our wealth and our opportunities, but we also squander them.

Too often we use our freedom to become consummate consumers, rather that expert builders. Too often we use our freedom to complain rather than to create. Too often we use our wealth and our power to become couch potatoes and channel-surfers rather than pursuing our potential and exploring the limits of possibility.

As you celebrate this national Memorial Day, I encourage you to note the key Memorial Dates in your own life. As you look back, do you mark the date you graduated, or the date you launched your business? Do you mark the date you set your own course, perhaps the day you risked it all for your dreams?

On a warm, sunny day in July, 1984, a friend and I reached the summit of Mt. Blanca, a 14,110-foot mountain in Colorado and as we enjoyed the view, I knew we would climb many mountains together. I didn't ask Mary to become my life partner for two more years, but that day on that mountain is one of my "Memorial Days." I remember it well. The view, the struggle to the summit and the partnership we forged that day changed my life forever.

I remember a blustery, rainy day on December 12, 1997. That was the day I turned in my keys and walked away from the clinic I had built. I'd sold it earlier, but agreed to stay until the end of the year, and on that Friday afternoon, I launched a new direction. It is one of my Memorial Days.

How about you? What are your personal Memorial Days? Have you used your freedoms, your talent, your dreams and abilities to create the life you want? Some dates are specific and easy to recall, others may not have seemed special but in retrospect, we know they were turning points. We all have these Memorial Days and they are important.

Honor them. Honor yourself! Freedom and opportunity only exist if they are used! And more than that, one of the ways we fuel our dreams and empower the future is by "borrowing" confidence, courage and momentum from the past. Celebrate your achievements and use them to know, deep inside, that you can boldly go wherever your wish in the future. Go climb some big mountains!

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

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"
                                               -- Ben Franklin

"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 trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
                                               -- Mark Twain

5. Strictly Business: Your Summer Campaign

This issue of TIPS is about Memorial Day and our American holiday weekend, and I recommend that every professional and entrepreneur enjoy it. Take the weekend off! Take some family time, and enjoy it! But next Tuesday, you've got work to do.

I am a huge believer in short-term goals. Long-term goals are useful, but it's the short-term projects and summer campaigns that make all the difference in life.

Your competitors will take the summer off. Your employees will take vacations and you'll need to cover for them, and you’ll want to do some of your own fishing or attend some ball games, or take the kids camping. These are good things! But—and it's a huge but!—the coming few weeks can make all the difference to your bottom line at the end of the year.

While the world enjoys the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" you want to set new sales goals and achieve them! While everyone else is relaxing in the long days of summer (or the cold days of winter for our subscribers "down under), you want to be laying the foundation for a magnificent year!

This summer, get a jump on the competition. Get a jump on your future! This summer, be busy. It's during the long days of summer than our harvest is growing and our fortune is created. Use the summer well. Be busy about important things and when fall comes and everyone else is picking up where they left off this spring, you'll be ahead of the game.

If working with a coach makes sense, drop me an email at: . I have a couple openings for new clients. If you are serious, and have the resources to make a splash beyond the neighborhood swimming pool, I look forward to working with you. Let's get moving!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 Use a MasterMind Alliance to Achieve Your Goals
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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.

     #2 Think Right Now!
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Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase sales, lose weight, set and achieve goals or improve diet, health and fitness and you know how good they are! My clients turned me on to these CD's several months ago and I'm incredibly impressed. I strongly urge you to jump on this! Top achievers in every field listen to audio programs. They imagine themselves winning, getting new records and living the life they truly WANT, and they do it by visualizing their victories in advance with the help of Mike's programs. These are fantastic, both for yourself and as gifts. Grab these!

     #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: Testimony From St Louis Courts

Over the years, there have been many collections of absurd and silly exchanges in courts. Recently, my friend Bill Barrows sent these to me, ostensibly from actual records in St Louis. I make absolutely no claims about their accuracy or legitimacy, but they did make me chuckle. I hope you enjoy them.

Judge: I know you, don't I?
Defendant: Uh, yes.
Judge: All right, tell me, how do I know you?
Defendant: Judge, do I have to tell you?
Judge: Of course, you might be obstructing justice not to tell me.
Defendant: Okay. I was your bookie.

From a defendant representing himself . .. .
Defendant: Did you get a good look at me when I allegedly stole your purse?
Victim: Yes, I saw you clearly. You are the one who stole my purse.
Defendant: I should have shot you while I had the chance.

Judge: The charge here is theft of frozen chickens. Are you the defendant?
Defendant: No, sir, I'm the guy who stole the chickens.

Lawyer: How do you feel about defense attorneys?
Juror: I think they should all be drowned at birth.
Lawyer: Well, then, you are obviously biased for the prosecution.
Juror: That's not true. I think prosecutors should be drowned at birth, too.

Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror in this case?
Juror: I don't want to be away from my job that long.
Judge: Can't they do without you at work?
Juror: Yes, but I don't want them to know it.

Defendant: Judge, I want you to appoint me another lawyer.
Judge: And why is that?
Defendant: Because the Public Defender isn't interested in my case.
Judge (to Public Defender): Do you have a comment on the defendant's motion?
Public Defender: I'm sorry, Your Honor. I wasn't listening.



   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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