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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Design and Achieve Your Destiny
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! 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.
Even the smallest changes in your thoughts, your habits and
actions, repeated daily, will ultimately transform your
destiny. You can do this!

2. Welcome Notes

I admit I'm a political junky—bless Mary for her patience
with my addiction to political commentators! I love it as
theater and as a metaphor for life. Change happens. New
people, new ideas, new arguments make a difference. This
week, a tsunami struck in Massachusetts and while I won't
discuss the politics, I'll say this: If a Republican can
win Ted Kennedy's old seat, ANYTHING is possible! Miracles
happen! Change happens! This is proof! <g>

And the problem is that, "Now you know!" Now you know that
astonishing things can happen by driving an old truck,
shaking lots of hands and asking folks to vote for you. So,
what will you do with that knowledge? What goals, priorities
and outcomes will you pursue? "Now you know!" Go for it!

One easy (and free!) place to start is by requesting your
copy of my Freebie of the Month, "Four Steps to a World
Class Life." This is one of my favorite freebies! It partly
summarizes what I'm all about—living a great life for
myself and encouraging you to "be your best" every day.
Living a GREAT life is fun! It's rewarding and it's about
achieving our highest and best results in life. I hope
you'll grab a copy, and encourage your friends to get their
own. It's at:  

And finally, we have lots of registrations for our
fifteenth (and LAST!) World Class Life Conference in May!
I'm thrilled! And, like most years, about a third of our
registrations are people who have attended before and liked
it so much, they are coming back again!

That is a tremendous endorsement! There are lots of good
conferences, but how many are so powerful that people come
back again!? That's a tremendous (and unique) compliment!
If it’s time to get serious about your life, your future
and your destiny, join us and bring a partner! The location
is magnificent, the people are the best in the world, and
the content is life-changing! This may be the best
opportunity you've ever had to create the life you truly
want! I hope you'll join us. Register at:  

3: Design and Achieve Your Destiny

Last year, I read the wonderful novel, The Devil Wears
, 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

The story’s about an ambitious young woman who gets her
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 violating her
principles. 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 that “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 really mean is that some task is calling and 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 in 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—and the destiny—you truly want!

Obviously, we make compromises in life. 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 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 work miracles over time. Just
repeat daily, as needed.

If you are headed where you want to go in life, good for
you! 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.
Even the smallest changes in your thoughts, your habits and
actions, repeated daily, will ultimately transform 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 imagination."
     -- Carol Lloyd

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep,
for every dream precedes the goal."
     -- Pamela Vaull Starr

"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

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 "how."

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1  The 15th and FINAL World Class Life Conference!
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      If not now, when?
      If not you, who? (You DESERVE this!)  

A GREAT life is 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

Of course you do! The winners in life take 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 way, 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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What could you do with expert advice, wise counsel, and a
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Back in 1935, Napoleon Hill wrote that a “MasterMind” group
was the one essential behind every successful person he
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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

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

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

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

"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

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,
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President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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