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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Control, Influence and Acceptance
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Plan for Success
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Ultimate Useless Knowledge

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Success begins with clear distinctions about the things I
can control, the huge number of things I can influence, and
accepting the things that simply "are." High achievers
insist on controlling their thoughts, attitudes and
behaviors. They attend the seminars, read the books, listen
to audio programs. They hang out with positive people and
surround themselves with models of success. Control the
things you can! Go where it's good.

2. Welcome Notes

I'm going to start by going straight to a sales pitch for
"Get 'er Done in 2010." I'm so excited by the
participation, feedback and focus of this thing! It's
wonderful! If you are already noticing your goals for 2010
have cooled or you aren't as focused or productive as you'd
like to be, join us! It's not too late!

Goals are good. And achieving goals is better! But setting
goals then losing momentum or focus is not good, and
getting so discouraged we give up is (dare I say it?) a
really BAD thing. Never set yourself up to fail! If a goal
is worth doing, it's worth designing a system to make
success a "sure thing" and that's what we're doing with Get
'er Done. Check it out and join us at:

Enough of that -- life isn't only about goals. Sometimes
it's about fun! My dog is asleep at my feet and it's a
foggy day, perfect for sitting by the fire with a good
book, which is my plan as soon as I finish writing this.
I've got stew in the crock-pot, so I'll score points for
making dinner, and I even bought a dozen roses at the
grocery store. I think it's going to be a GOOD evening!

Which brings me to two final reminders:

1. Get your copy of my January Freebie of the Month, "Four
Steps to a World Class Life!" A great life happens by
design and with a plan. It requires balance, a bit of
achievement, a little relaxation, even some mischief or
risk-taking, and lots of fun! My sense is that it's
actually pretty easy. But no one teaches us how to do it.
Use this article as a start. It's FREE at:  

2. If you're committed to living a great life (and who
would settle for less?) join us for the 15th (and last)
World Class Life Conference in May. Give yourself the gift
of 3 days with great people in a beautiful setting, with
time-tested material and expert guidance to create the
success and satisfaction you deserve. Especially in these
anxious times you deserve the tools, time and skills to
create the life you truly want. Make the decision and join
us at:  

3: Control, Influence and Acceptance

I've been thinking a lot about the degree to which we
control our own destiny. Are we really in charge of our
lives, or do heredity, the environment, other people and
"luck" play a larger role than we like to admit?

When it comes to free will, it seems like we make our own
decisions. But we also know the power of habits and
influence. We know advertisers can manipulate us by
changing the packaging of a product. Every now and then I
find myself saying something and realize "that's my Dad's
voice!" (How strange!) Or, how about decisions to start or
stop some behavior, decisions that often seem to be ignored
in the rush of life? How do we account for this?

It seems that we give ourselves a huge advantage if we are
clear about the things we control, the things we influence,
and the things over which we have little or no control.

For instance, it's tremendously empowering to accept and
use the control we have over our thoughts and attitudes.
Viktor Frankl noted that our ability to choose our attitude
in any situation is the "last human freedom." No one can
take that away from you, not even in a Nazi concentration

We can, to a remarkable degree, choose our thoughts. Right
now, as you read this, take a moment to picture a pink
elephant. Go on! You can do this! (Silly, right?) But not
so silly if you then choose to think about something more
useful. How about choosing to think about time with your
child, or success at work, or achieving your most important
goal? You can choose to worry about taxes or celebrate how
rich we are. Your choice.

Other things we can influence, but our control is much less
direct. My influence over government policy is pretty
minimal, but in a democracy I can vote (or not). I can call
or email my representatives, or not. My influence may be
minimal, but it is not zero!

I can influence my family, my friends, and I certainly
influence the environment in my home and office. Can I
control every detail? Of course not. But my words, my
attitude and my behaviors absolutely make a difference.

And that's vital! When I refuse to exert my influence, I
give up my power. When I refuse to "play the game" I
become, to some degree and in some ways, power-less. And
that's not good! Through persuasion and example, we have
tremendous influence. We can often make a huge difference,
and success and happiness in life depend on exerting our
influence for the best possible outcomes.

Finally, there are many things over which we have no
control. I cannot control or influence the weather. I have
little or no influence over the laws of nature or other
people's choices, attitudes or behaviors. And the sooner I
accept that and learn to live with it, the more successful
I can be.

Fighting against or resenting things we cannot control is a
mark of immaturity. Success people refuse to "fight
against" things that simply "are." I love the saying that
"reality never lies." It simply is. Successful people learn
to use everything that is -- natural resources, their time,
their talent, their skills, and the strengths of other
people -- to their advantage. When life puts a wall in
front of you, learn to go around, over, or through it. But
never beat your head against it!

Success begins with clear distinctions about the things I
can control, the huge number of things I can influence, and
accepting the things that simply "are." High achievers
insist on controlling their thoughts, attitudes and
behaviors. They attend the seminars, read the books, listen
to audio programs. They hang out with positive people and
surround themselves with models of success. Control the
things you can! Go where it's good.

And extend your influence where you can. Encourage others.
Teach them. Invite or challenge or coach for peak
performance. Some will decline or choose something
different and that's alright. But where you can, be an
influence for good. It may be a small thing, but together
let's use our influence for a better world!

Finally, accept the things you cannot control. Some things
just "are." Leave them alone, or use them to your
advantage. Admire their beauty or marvel at their
stubbornness, but do not get caught up in the drama of
trying to "move the immovable object." It doesn't work out

      These are some of the tools for a World Class
      Life. In many ways they are "simple" but no one
      teaches us and even if we know about them, we
      are rarely encouraged to apply them. If it's time
      to "ramp up" your life, improve your performance,
      achieve your goals or simplify your life, join us
      May 20-22nd. You'll be glad you did!

4. Quotes of the Week

"Worry is like a rocking chair -- it gives you something to
do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
     -- Dorothy Galyean

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there
is no path and leave a trail."
     -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will
never begin."
     -- Grace Hansen

"Dance like no one's watching, love like you'll never be
hurt, sing like no one's listening, live like it's heaven
on earth."
     -- William Pukey

5. Strictly Business:  Plan for Success!

Remember the saying that those who fail to plan are
planning to fail? We have all heard it at one time or
another, and we know it's true, even though many of us act
as if it doesn't apply to us. Well, it does apply!

This week I had the opportunity to talk with a group of
unusually successful young entrepreneurs and the thing I
noted was their attention to detail. This particular group
is part of a network marketing, or "MLM" organization, and
they know exactly where they are going. Specifically, they
have written goals and strategies related to:

1. Identifying of their key niche. They know WHO to contact.
2. The number of prospects to contact each week.
3. A strategy and budget for reaching those prospects.
4. A detailed, documented sales presentation.
5. A follow-up strategy and a system to track it.
6. A training and mentoring program to nurture new members.
7. Clear, written long-range goals that are measured in
revenues, profits, investments, number of "associates" and
productivity per member.

No wonder this organization is growing and making money!
They have a plan that guides their daily activity and gives
them feedback about their performance.

Every business needs a plan, and this particularly applies
to self-employed professionals. It simplifies your daily
activities, automates your priorities, and lets you know
what's working and what isn't.

Have a plan. Write it down. Review and fine-tune it. Then,
every day in every way, work your plan! It's a proven path
to success.

If it's time to get serious about your success in 2010, get
a coach! The best athletes, artists, and business leaders
all use great coaches! Perhaps you should, too. When you're
ready, contact me at:  

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1   The 15th and FINAL World Class Life Conference!
       May 20-22nd in Beautiful Wisconsin!
       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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      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
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7. Humor:  Ultimate Useless Knowledge

I'm not sure if these are examples of "useless knowledge"
or trivia, or just someone with far too much time on their
hands. I do know they made me chuckle and that improves the
quality of my life! I hope you enjoy them, and thanks
(again!) to Darlene Howard for sending them along.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the
left hand.

'Lollipop' is the longest word typed with your right hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange,
silver, or purple.

'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the
letters 'mt'.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose
and ears never stop growing.

The sentence, 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'
uses every letter of the alphabet.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same
whether they are read left to right or right to left. (palindromes).

There are only four words in the English language which end
in 'dous':  tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all
five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.'

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the
letters only on one row of the keyboard.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
(How does anyone know this????)

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

February, 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to
have a full moon.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors

Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for
each gallon of diesel it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a
radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Now you know more than you did -- and aren't you glad!?


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
Resources for Success!(tm)
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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