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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Ultimate Guide to Maximum Productivity
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Human Connection
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  What The Digital Age is Coming To

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1. The One-Minute TIP

People say they can't have a perfect eco-system because
they can't afford it or donít have time, or their family or
friends won't allow it. Nonsense! Creating a great life is
not hard -- living with frustration is "hard!" Creating a
perfect life may involve some investment or learning new
habits, but living well is not nearly as hard as living
with problems!

2. Welcome Notes

Spring is coming! We've got daffodils, the trees are
budding and a few are even in blossom! I know the New York
area got a ton of snow this week (Will it never end???) and
we sympathize with you, but I've gotta say, I do enjoy the
warmth and sunshine here in Oregon! It's getting lighter in
the mornings when Tucker and I go for our walk, and this is
a good thing!

And, this is the last day of February! I mailed the March
article to our Get 'er Done participants on Friday, and our
coaching call is next Wednesday. The year is going fast! So
here's a key question: Are you 17% (1/6th) of the way to
your goals for the year? Are you focused and on-track to
achieve your most important outcomes for 2010? I want to
encourage you! Too many people have let time "slide by" or
even abandoned their goals already! Don't do that!

If they were important in January, chances are they are
still important. Stay the course. Hit your targets and
complete your goals this year. And, if you'd like support
and encouragement, you can still join our Git 'er Done
program! All the recordings, tools and resources are
available and you'll get support the rest of the year. Make
this your best year ever! Visit: 

Which brings me to our World Class Life Conference.
Registrations continue to flow in, even with the difficult
economy! Folks clearly "get" the benefits and value of
having time and coaching to clarify their goals, and in
particular, to develop powerful plans to achieve them! As I
often say, "a great life is no accident!" A great and
satisfying life is the result of planning, good tools,
high-level skills and deep commitment. That's what we do at
the WCL! If it's time to get serious about improving your
life, join us! 

And don't forget this month's Freebie, "101 Most Romantic
Things!" This is your last chance! If Valentine's was good,
why not do it again! (And again get the point!)

3: The Ultimate Guide to Maximum Productivity

I rarely find something that is both "instant" and the
"ultimate" guide to anything. In general, I find the
important things in life take some time, some effort and a
bit of skill, and that while "instant" fixes may be fast,
they seldom last.

This week, however, my reading and thinking have focused on
something that is so fast, so obvious and so powerful, I
want to share it with you. In preparing the Git 'er Done
tools and coaching call for next week, I've focused on the
fact that it's what we achieve or master in life that actually
endures. It's not what we intend, or dream or hope. It's what
we do that matters and lasts. (For info or to join Git 'er Done,
visit: )

So, with that premise, I've focused on productivity. I've
been asking, "What specific conditions help us get the most
done with the least effort and the most fun?" Here are five
key steps:

1. Time Management. This is the most common and the least
effective way to increase our results. We're trying to
manage something we don't own and that fundamentally cannot
be managed or changed. Time just is. It's here, it flows,
and it's gone. Time management is a non-starter and if you
aren't managing your priorities, energy, physical space,
and personal environment, trying to manage time is just one
more source of frustration.

2. Activity Management. This at least has the virtue of
being "do-able." We can choose our priorities and manage
our actions through the day. We can say no to distractions
and focus our efforts. Practice "single handling" and avoid
the fallacy of "multi-tasking!" Do one thing at a time and
do it well. Refuse to engage in dead-end activities. Plan
your activities and stick to your plan!

3. Energy Management. This is what most people are actually
hoping for when they talk about time management. They want
to get more done with less effort and have something left
for "me" or "we" at the end of the day. Manage your energy.
Sleep well, rest often, be efficient. Do your most
important work when you are most awake. Put your "best
stuff" into your most important priorities and let things
of secondary importance get secondary effort. It's not the
quickest or easiest path to the good life, but it's a
reasonable start.

4. Space Management. Now things get interesting! Manage
your environment so it's hard (and rare) for people or
things to interrupt you. Close the door, turn off the phone
and focus until your most important work is complete.
Eliminate distractions. Fix, replace or junk anything that
annoys or frustrates you. Make your office, car, kitchen,
bedroom and bathroom "perfect!" Clean them up. Surround
yourself with beauty! Make everything around you attractive
and inspiring. You'll get more done and have more fun doing

5. Eco-System Designô. This is what we're looking for! Why
ďmanageĒ chaos when you can create the life of your dreams?
The key is a system that effortlessly (and inevitably)
pulls you toward your most important goals and most
exciting outcomes every single day. You don't have to
"think about it" or "work at it." Design a life that simply
"makes it so!"

Surround yourself with things and people that inspire you,
that give you energy and support you to be your best, most
productive and most joyful. Fill your life with things and
people that pull you forward. No distractions! No
annoyances, no break-downs, no crises. Use pro-active
maintenance in every area of life so you live well and do
the work you are called to do!

Fortunately, this is not hard! People say they can't have a
perfect eco-system because they can't afford it or donít
have time, or their family or friends won't allow it.
Nonsense! Creating a great life is not hard -- living with
frustration is "hard!" Creating a perfect life may require
some investment or learning new habits, but living well is
not nearly as hard as living with problems!

This is the ultimate (and ultimately the only) solution to
maximum productivity!

To design the Life of Your Dreams, join us for the World
Class Lifeô Conference, May 20-22nd! You'll get tips,
tools, techniques, support, time and space to design the
life and systems you truly want! We provide coaching. We
provide manuals and instruction. We provide synergy and
community. All you have to do is show up! I hope you'll
join us. Register at:

4. Quotes of the Week

"People begin to become successful the minute they decide
to be."
-- Harvey Mackay

"The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

ďA musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet
must write if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.
What one can be, one must be.Ē
-- Abraham Maslow

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the
whole staircase, just take the first step."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

5. Strictly Business: The Human Connection

For years, weíve been hearing about how bad airline service
is, but I still recall a United employee who impressed me
enough to forgive the company, give them another try, and I
even bought her a small box of candy from the airport gift
shop to thank her. What did she do that was so impressive?

She listened, got Mary and me a seat on the next available
flight, and smiled while she did it.

She did her job with humility, friendliness and style. She
laughed with us, sympathized with our flight being delayed,
and took time to get us the best possible connections. It
took her no more than five minutes, but the sense that she
cared and that she was doing her best left a huge

United airlines is a big corporation, with thousands of
employees, and yet this woman in the Seattle airport
clearly valued our business. She treated us as friends; she
treated us with respect, kindness and concern.

I recently heard an ad for a large insurance company,
boasting that they do not use automated machines on their
phones and promising that every call would be answered by a
human being within 60 seconds. It was a powerful ad, with a
powerful message and it obviously struck a chord -- I
remember it out of all the ads I've heard recently.

In an age of impersonal business transactions, the human
touch is a uniquely powerful selling idea. That may be a
sad commentary but it is a sound business proposition.
People have always appreciated the human connection and we
are powerfully attracted to those who respect us.

To give your business or professional practice an
unbeatable edge, answer your own phone. Use your first name
and address customers by their names. Reach out in a warm
and friendly manner, and they may become your customer for

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 The 15th Annual World Class Life(tm) Conference
May 20-22nd in Beautiful Wisconsin!
This is our LAST year, so if not now, when?
If not you, who deserves it more?

The most successful people in the world know who they are
and where they are going. Living well can be defined as
living a life of one's own. Too many of us spend our lives
working hard, racing from here to there and chasing other
people's goals! Don't let that happen to you! You DESERVE
time to focus on yourself! You deserve time to clarify your
major purpose and highest aspirations in life! You deserve
practical, powerful strategies to make your dreams come

Of course you do! And the winners in life TAKE the time.
They INVEST in themselves, 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 and focused on their most important

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 order, at the right
time. The WCL has been the turning point for many, 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 this one and only life. It gives you strategies that
work, and the inspiration to work them. This May, 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:

#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 donít know how or they fear
they wouldnít know who to ask. Now, Iíve written the
manual! Iíve create a recipe so you can create your own
MasterMind whenever you wish! Iíve included suggestions for
where, when and how often to meet. Iíve even included
simple scripts to get you started. Check it out!

If success is important to you, you deserve 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. They
all worked (sort of), 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! (Full disclosure
-- I earn a commission if you sign up for 1Automation, but
I've used it for years and only recommend it because it's
certainly worked really, really well for me.)

7. Humor:  What The Digital Age is Coming To

Several people have sent me versions of this and itís a bit
long, but scary and funny and thought-provoking, and I hope
you enjoy it. My friend and resident humorist, Dolly, sent
this particular version to me -- thanks, Dolly!

"Pizza Hut. May I have your... "
Customer: "Hi, I'd like to order."

Operator: "May I have your NIDN first, sir?"

Customer: "My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's

Operator: "Thank you, Mr. Sheehan. I see you live at 1742
Meadowland Drive and the phone number's 494-2366. Your
office number is 745-2302 and your cell is 266-2566. Please
confirm the number you are calling from, sir."

Customer: "Huh? I'm at home. Where d'ya get all this

Operator: "We're wired into the system, sir."

Customer: (Sighs) "Oh, well, I'd like to order a couple of
your all-meat Special pizzas..."

Operator: "I don't think that's a good idea, sir."

Customer: "Whaddya mean?"

Operator: "Sir, your medical records indicate that you've
got both high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The
National Health Care system won't allow such an unhealthy

Customer: "What do you recommend, then?"

Operator: "You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza.
I'm sure you'll like it.

Customer: "What makes you think I'd like something like

Operator: "Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes'
from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made
the suggestion."

Customer: "All right, all right. Give me two family-sized
ones, then. What's the damage?"

Operator: "That should be plenty for you, your wife and
your four kids, sir. The 'damage,' as you put it, comes

Customer: "Lemme give you my credit card number."

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay
in cash. Your credit card balance is over its limit."

Customer: "I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash
before your driver gets here."

Operator: "That won't work either, sir. Your checking
account's overdrawn."

Customer: "Never mind. Just send the pizzas. I'll have the
cash ready. How long will it take?"

Operator: "We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be
about 45 minutes. Sir, if you're in a hurry you might want
to pick 'em up while you're out getting the cash, but
carrying pizzas on a motorcycle can be a little awkward."

Customer: "How do you know I'm riding a bike?"

Operator: "It says here you were behind in payments, so
your car got repo'ed. But your Harley's paid up, so I just
assumed you'd be using it."

Customer: "@#%/$@&?#!"

Operator: "I'd advise watching your language, sir. Last
month you got a ticket for cussing out a cop."

Customer: (Speechless)

Operator: "Will there be anything else, sir?"

Customer: "No, nothing. oh, yeah, don't forget the two free
liters of Coke your ad says I get with the pizzas."

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but our ad's exclusionary clause
prevents us from
offering free soda to diabetics."


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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