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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. How Will You Recognize Success?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: The Diamonds in Your Business
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: History Comes Alive!

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1. The One-Minute TIP

What does success look like for you? Be clear. Be specific.
Be scientific and rigorous about it. If others have done it,
you can do it, too, but only if you will do what they did.

2. Welcome Notes

I've always said TIPS subscribers are the best in the west
and I'm so proud of you guys!

Dozens of you jumped at the chance to get recordings of Jim
Rohn's 2-day seminar last week! I didn't ask Vic for any
commission or affiliate link, so we'll never know the exact
number, but many of you seized the opportunity. Personal
development is fundamental to achievement and Jim was one of
the best teachers I've ever found. To those who grabbed a
copy -- be sure to listen and learn! Follow-through. You'll
be glad you did.

At times I get repetitious, but opportunity is all around
us. This week, I stopped by our public library and was
delighted to see crowds of people, from young children to
"seasoned citizens" taking the opportunity for free

Seize the moment! Each week, learn something new. Read
something that stretches you, amazes you, entertains or
enriches you. Even read things that upset or confuse you!
Learn and grow. It's the path to a great life.

And two quick reminders: You can still sign up for our Git
'er Done in 2010 program. I just announced the May resource
article and posted it on our private, members-only website.
All of the articles, recordings, bonus materials and our
schedule for the rest of the year are there. It's already
May! The year is 1/3 over! Are you on-track and on schedule?
If you want support and tools to stay on-course, achieve
your goals for 2010, and make this your best year ever, you
know what to do -- Join us! Take action today, while you're
thinking of it. Sign up at: 

And finally, because of family health problems we had two
last-minute cancellations for our World Class Life
conference this week. That makes room forÖyou! If you've
been considering and putting it off, these openings may have
been created just for you. Check it out, and take action. Do
not let this get away! 

3: How Will You Recognize Success?

Two weeks ago I wrote about the New Science of Success. I
said that success and achievement are the result of "doing
the right things, in the right way, at the right time."
There's not a lot of mystery to this.

"If you do what successful people do, you'll get the results
that successful people get."

Yes, circumstances do play a role. We can't ignore that.
Sometimes illness or injury, "bad luck" or misunderstandings
play a role. That's true. But even these things have been
over-come by thousands--millions!--of winners.

At least 90% of the "recipe" for success is skill-based, and
that means you can learn it! You can master the behaviors,
attitudes, schedules, and skills of high achievers. There IS
a science to this and it can be learned and applied by

Last week I wrote about the "Who" of success, the attributes
and attitudes of winners. This week I want to focus on the
importance of a clear--crystal clear!--definition of

As a coach, one of the great tragedies I see are the people
who inquire about coaching because they want "more" or
"less" of something. They want "more" money or happiness or
whatever, and I generally decline to work with them. They
remind me of the story Tony Robbins tells about the man who
eagerly rushed up after one of his seminars and exclaimed
that Tony had changed his life, that he now realized that
his primary goal in life was "to have more money." Tony says
he gave the man a dollar and told him to go away.

Winners know exactly what success looks like. Too often, I'm
convinced, success and achievement, opportunity and fortune
walk right up to us. They knock on the door or call on the
phone, but because folks don't recognize success when it
stares them in the face, they fail to invite it in.

Define your goals. Define success. Know your desired
results, your outcomes in specific, measurable terms.

Interestingly, children know this. They know that "success"
is staying up past 10:00 on a school night. They know that
"success" is learning to ride a two-wheel bicycle. They know
that "success" is an A in math or permission to attend a
party. Kids define "success" very specifically. And every
parent who has been nagged and begged, pestered and harassed
until they finally "give in" and say yes, knows what I'm
talking about.

Only adults get "too busy" to define their goals. We get
"confused" with too many options, too much to do, too many
responsibilities. And we get afraid. We are afraid to say,
"I want commissions of $240,000 by December 31st." We prefer
to "hope for a better year" or to earn "maybe $200k or a bit
more." That vagueness holds us back and kills our chances
for success.

Or, we make a second mistake. Those who are a bit more
sophisticated, who have worked with a coach or taken some
courses or attended some seminars, know they have to define
the goal, but still they hang back, afraid to measure the
steps to get there. Statistically, how many calls will it
take for you to earn $240,000? How many calls does that
require each week? How many presentations per month? What
skills will you have to master? What, precisely, do folks
who earn that much DO to make it happen? What will you have
to change? What will you have to start, stop, or modify to
achieve your success?

What does success look like for you? Be clear. Be specific.
Be scientific and rigorous about it. If others have done it,
you can do it, too, but only if you will do what they did.

Often, that requires paying some significant price in
advance. Often, that means swallowing our pride and asking
for help. It may mean changing our schedule, negotiating
with the family, or sacrificing some cherished hobbies. It
may mean learning new skills or working with a team. But, if
others have done it, so can you!

The New Science of Success requires that we define success,
measure it, and take specific steps to achieve it. There is
no other way.

4. Quotes of the Week

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by
pressing the limits do you ever find them."
-- Dr. Joyce Brothers

"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 any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the
right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

5. Strictly Business: The Diamonds in Your Business

Over a century ago, Russell Conwell travelled America
telling the story of a poor Persian farmer who heard about
the wealth diamonds could bring. According to the story, he
left his farm and wandered the world in search of diamonds,
only to return as an old man, exhausted by his failed
attempts to find diamonds. The story ends when he died and
the family dug his grave on the old family farm. As they
dug, they discovered the diamonds he had sought. It turns
out the old farm contained literally "acres of diamonds."

The moral is that we all have more undiscovered
opportunities around us than we fully appreciate.

This principle has been applied by dozens of business
consultants, among them Jay Abraham and Janet Switzer, who
have written extensively about the opportunities to "mine"
our relationships and our businesses for undiscovered value.

Every business has a customer list. What do those customers
need that you may not be able to supply directly, but which
you could help them locate? What value can you provide
beyond your primary business?

Can you partner with someone who provides a product or
service, and would they pay you a commission or "finders
fee" if you passed along a good word?

How can you expand or up-grade your current services to
provide extra value?

A bit of thinking, perhaps borrowing ideas from your
competition or from colleagues who serve a similar audience
can grow your business dramatically. Often all it requires
is some thought and a simple, one-time alliance. You can do
this! And the extra profits will fall directly to your
bottom line.

What "Acres of Diamonds" are you sitting on?

Need help applying this principle? Contact me for coaching!
Together we'll find and capitalize on the opportunities all
around you. You can do this! My email is:  Let's get started!

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? 

We still have openings for the 15th Annual "World Class Life
Conference," May 20-22nd. I hope you'll join us!

This week, I talked with two colleagues about conferences
they have been promoting. One colleague has sold exactly ONE
seat after several weeks, and the other has sold several
seats, but was hoping for up to a thousand people. They both
wanted to know what I thought was making the difference and
I suggested three things:

*** The well-rounded balance and transforming power of the
material. People are looking for Conferences that address
the whole person, make sense, actually WORK, and are
fun/relaxing/inspiring at the same time. We do that.

*** Second, the setting. Instead of trying to impress folks
with high priced hotels, Green Lake reflects our priorities
of peace, beauty and balance, and I think that attracts
people. Thereís nothing wrong with New York or Palm Springs,
but I do think our setting is a huge selling point.

*** Third, keeping our price reasonable so folks can come
without worrying about the cost. Even at full-price,
registration for the WCL is less than half the cost of some
conferences, and the cost of transportation, lodging, meals
and extras is similarly lower. That all makes the WCL not
only a bargain, but a realistic treat that folks can feel
good about.

To sign up, visit: 

#2 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
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If success is important to you, you deserve a MasterMind
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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
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7. Humor: History Comes Alive!

Iím not sure if this is really ďhumor,Ē but my friend and
frequent source of chuckles, Dolly Howard, sent this and it
sure made me ponder. Thanks, Dolly!

What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics
from 1902:

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven years.

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute
call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of
paved roads.

The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at

Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a
dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used
borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been

One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were available over the
counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist,
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a
perfect guardian of health."

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one
full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.


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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