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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Goals, Decisions, Procrastination and Commitment
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Refuse To Be Seduced By Opportunity!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  9 Rules of Friendship

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1. The One-Minute TIP

I love goals! We are goal-achieving creatures and successful
people use powerful goal-setting techniques to transform
their lives. But we also tend to procrastinate, and we can
use that to our advantage. Never set a "goal" when a
decision is the more appropriate tool. Powerful decisions,
matched with effective systems, can change your world faster
than you can imagine! Decide to go for it!

2. Welcome Notes

This week I heard from several people who thought it was
cruel for me to write about spring last week while they are
still buried in snow or fighting floods. I know it's not
nice to gloat, and Mother Nature has a tendency to even
things out and punish such behavior -- Nevertheless, I'm
going to do it again! We've got daffodils and flowering
plums and I love it!

Most mornings, Tucker and I walk by a house that has a huge
flowering tree in the yard. I don't know what kind it is,
but it's pink and if the sun is up, it absolutely glows in
the morning light. It's gorgeous! If you are still enduring
winter, I hope spring comes to a neighborhood near you real
soon. You deserve it!

Two other really fun things this week were the registrations
for our World Class Life Conference, and the Git 'er Done
call on Wednesday. The Git 'er Done call was fun, had lots
of energy and many people wrote about how helpful it was. I
love that! (You can join the conversation at: And, of course, it's
wonderful to see folks sign up for our Conference in May!

The World Class Life Conference has become our BIG event of
the year. We provide tools, information, workbooks and
coaching to help you set goals and make do-able plans to
implement them when you get home. That's what makes WCL so
special. Lots of conferences give you information, but most
conferences wrap up with lots of enthusiasm and send people
home. We give you tools and that makes this different! I
think people come to WCL from all over the world because
it's so practical -- and because the setting is so special!
I hope you'll join us: 

3: Goals, Decisions, Procrastination and Commitment

On our Git 'er Done call this week we talked about systems
to keep us focused, on-track and productive. I thought I was
being clear and using plenty of illustrations, when one of
the participants asked, "Can you give us an example?"

Like teachers from the beginning of time, I admit to being
momentarily stumped, but then I heard myself talking about
the common example of "setting a goal to get up earlier in
the morning." It seemed to clarify things and people sent
emails saying how helpful the discussion was. I'd like to
share some of it with you.

1. Goals versus Decisions.
Most of the "goals" we set aren't actually goals in any
meaningful sense of the word. Many goals are just decisions
people aren't ready to embrace.

Getting up extra early to exercise or read, or bike to work
is NOT a goal! It's a decision. Admittedly, if you aren't
used to get up that early, you may be tired or uncomfortable
in the morning. It may be a difficult decision to execute,
and some mornings you may change your mind and sleep longer.

But adjusting your morning routine is not a "goal." It's a
decision you make and implement, depending on how important
it is to you.

Also, knowing that follow-through may be difficult some
mornings, you will need an effective SYSTEM to support your
decision day by day.

2. Procrastination versus Commitment.
If getting up early is merely something you "should" do or
"might" do, you'll think about it, perhaps set an alarm
clock, or list it as a "goal" so you can prepare for it in
the future. This is a sophisticated form of procrastination.

Most of us, most of the time, avoid doing "hard" and if
getting up early is difficult or painful, we tend to turn
off the alarm and doze a few more minutes.

The truth, however, is that we have all gotten up in the
middle of the night to catch an early flight, leave on
vacation or whatever. For fifty years, my mother got up at
five o'clock on every major holiday so she could get the
turkey in the oven or handle whatever needed to be done. Why
did she do that? Because it was sufficiently important to

We do the things that are important to us.

So here's a SYSTEM for getting up early if you make the
decision to do so. Remember, this is not a goal. You can
decide this today, tomorrow, or next month. It's a decision
and here's a system you can implement whenever you're
sufficiently committed:

Do not set an alarm clock! Decide you will get up at a
specific time and then set SEVERAL alarm clocks. Set one
alarm beside your bed for the time you want to get up. Then
set several other alarms to go off five minutes later. Put
one in the bathroom. Set a larger, louder and more obnoxious
one in the kitchen (next to the coffee pot?). And if you are
truly committed to doing this and suspect you may have a
problem, set a really loud one next to the baby's crib! If
you have a good-enough SYSTEM, I guarantee you will get up
and stay up for the rest of the day.

If, on the other hand, you merely want to "think about"
getting up, set one alarm and you're good to go.

I love goals! We are goal-achieving creatures and successful
people use effective goal-setting techniques to transform
their lives. But we also tend to procrastinate, and we can
use that to our advantage. Never set a "goal" when a
decision is the more appropriate tool. Powerful decisions,
matched with effective systems, can change your world faster
than you can imagine! Decide to go for it!

      For dozens of distinctions and tools that will
      change your life forever, join us for the World
      Class Life Conference, May 20-22nd. You'll get
      the time, the space, the coaching and the help
      you need to create the life you've always dreamed
      about. Sign up today! 

4. Quotes of the Week

“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get
even less than you settled for.”
-- Maureen Dowd

"My success just evolved from working hard at the business
at hand each day."
-- Johnny Carson

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The
great opportunity is where you are.”
-- John Burroughs

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent
or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

5. Strictly Business:  Refuse To Be Seduced By Opportunity!

High achievers say no to more opportunities than they
pursue. That may seem paradoxical, but it's consistent with
the observation that success comes from doing "one thing and
doing it well."

Over the years of coaching hundreds of successful people,
I've noticed this pattern. Failures (let's call them what
they are) usually see a world with few opportunities and
often claim that "luck" never came their way. They are
constantly looking for the next "Big Thing" or "ground floor
opportunity." In short, they repeatedly start over, spread
themselves too thin, and chase rainbows.

High achievers, on the other hand, see a world full of
opportunities, most of which they politely decline. They
know that the job they already have, the business they are
currently building or the profession they love is where the
REAL opportunities already exist.

Let's face it. Peak performers are very attractive people
and they receive thousands of invitations. People pursue
them, asking for their endorsement, their investment or
participation in some new venture, but high achievers do not
have the time or the desire to chase every phantom that
comes along. Successful people are not easily distracted,
and decline more invitations than they accept.

So should you!

Do one thing and do it well. "Stay the course." Find the
fortune that already exists in your own back yard rather
than chasing the one that may (or may not) lie over the
horizon, out of sight and too often, out of reach. Finish
what you've started and make your fortune doing what you
already know.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 The 15th Annual World Class Life Conference
May 20-22nd in Beautiful Wisconsin!
If not now, when?
If not you, who? 

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 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 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:

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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
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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
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7. Humor:  9 Rules of Friendship

A little silliness to start your day with a smile! My
friend, colleague, MasterMind partner and one of the
speakers at our World Class Life Conference, Debbie Mrazek,
sent me this. I hadn't seen it before, and it made me smile.
I hope you enjoy it, too!

1. When you are sad, I will jump on the person who made you
sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!

2. When you are blue, I will try to dislodge whatever is
choking you.

3. When you smile, I will know you are plotting something
diabolical and that I must help you with it!

4. When you're scared, we will high tail it out of here

5. When you are worried, I will tell you horrible stories
about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya
big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused, I will use little words.

7. When you are sick, stay away from me until you are well
again. I don't want whatever crud you have...

8. When you fall, I'll pick you up and dust you off-- Right
after I laugh my rear off!!

9. This is my oath and I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you
may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!


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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