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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. I've Had It With Gloom and Doom!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Predicting Your Economic Future
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: A Few More Ponderables

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Every year, Mary and I adopt a motto for the year. For next
year we've adopted, "A little slice of Heaven in 2011!" I
encourage you to join us. Or make up a slogan that suits you
better, but do it boldly! The economists ("the gloomy
profession"), the politicians and the news have little to do
with your ability to survive, thrive, make a life and live
well. Have some fun. Set your goals. And live with joy,
love, confidence and abundance in 2011.

2. Welcome Notes

Last week I included a brief reminder that Tuesday was the
anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and it surprised
me how many nice emails I got about my little note.
Apparently many of you were troubled by how little we
commemorate that tragic day. As an amateur student, I
encourage you to read as much history as you can. I figure
the more I know about where we've been before, the better
chance I have of predicting where we might be going next!

Also, last Wednesday was the last day of Hanukkah, and of
course Christmas, the Solstice and New Year's are coming up.
(And for Seinfeld fans, I've heard that Festivus is on the
23rd.) All over the world, every culture celebrates the end
of the year, the changing of the seasons and the hope of new
life. I encourage you to acknowledge this time of
transition. In the Northern Hemisphere the days are short
and cold, but the promise of new growth, longer days and
warmth is just ahead, and that's worth celebrating!

3: I've Had It With Gloom and Doom!

I recognize that thousands of TIPS subscribers are scattered
around the world, and some of what I'm about to say may
not apply to you. I've saved up a bit of a rant and now I
think it's fully pressurized and ready to pop!

Back in 1979, President Carter delivered what became known
as his Malaise Speech. He listed the discouraging trends and
negative beliefs and low expectations that were afflicting
America. It was pretty disheartening! And, not surprisingly,
it didn't seem to do him as President or the American people
much good. Whining and complaining rarely help the

And yet in some ways, I'm ready to do the same thing.

I believe that to a huge degree, each of us creates the
world in which we live. Our actions and our focus, combined
with our beliefs, experiences and attitudes, work to create a
world of joy or fear within which we must live. Obviously
the world "out there" -- the world of other people and
statistics and economics -- plays a role. But to a large
degree, in the privacy of our own hearts and minds and
actions, we pretty much create our own lives.

And so I'm struck by the level of unhappiness, fear, even
despair that I sense in the American people right now.

Partly, of course, it's just the dark, gloomy skies of
Oregon. We have lots of clouds, some fog and rain, and our
share of cold and damp this time of year. It's not awful
compared to the blizzards of the Midwest, but it's not much
fun, either. Yes, I could turn up the bright lights, laugh
and enjoy some good food with friends, put on some happy
music, dance a little and have more fun. That's the logical,
productive response. But it's raining again so I think I'll
pout for a while.

And besides that, I've been watching too many politicians
and pundits on television. I know, it's a waste of time and
I should have better habits and avoid the toxic stew of
watching our "leaders" squabble like little kids. Shame on
me! But it's like driving past a bad accident -- who doesn't
slow down to gawk?

And finally, with the world economy in recession (or is it
depression?), with inflation (or is it deflation?) on the
rise, and no hope whatever for my business, my future or my
retirement, I have good and legitimate reasons to whine! I
think I'll just pout and wait and worry some more!

Or maybe not. Several years ago during a previous recession,
a friend wrote that he'd decided "not to participate" in
that recession. What a great line! At any given moment we
have the power to choose our own attitudes and I'm about
ready to take charge of mine! I'm just about frustrated
enough and angry enough and annoyed enough to get off my a$$
and take charge of my own life! How about you?

In all seriousness, I think it's about time we had a massive
change in attitude around here! In talks with clients,
before an audience of business leaders last week, and from
my sense of the news and television, I'm amazed at the
amount of gloom and doom "out there." Aren't you sick of it?

I know I can't change Washington or the housing market or
unemployment on a national scale. But in my own life, with
my own business and with my time and attitude, with my
friends and family and colleagues, it's time for some FUN!

It's time for optimism and some wild, crazy and
"unreasonable" expectations! It's time for adventure and
daring. It's time to take some risks, try some stuff, pull
out the stops and make things happen! It's time for
optimism, energy and laughter! It's time to "kill some
dragons" and build some castles and make life a heck of a
lot better, richer and more fun! This moping and whining
through a recession, in the rain, in winter, just isn't
working for me.

Even during the Great Depression, some people did well and a
few did very well indeed! Even during the "gloomy season"
here in Oregon, some people are having a good time, making
music and making love. They're laughing, throwing parties
and starting new business ventures. Sure, credit is tight so
they're starting small. Sure, sales are down so they've
adjusted. Sure, the politicians are probably going to keep
right on squabbling like spoiled brats, but what has that
got to do with me, my family and my future? NOTHING! (Or at
worst, very little.)

Whether you're in the U.S. or someplace else on this small
planet, here's my challenge: Take charge! Be the boss of
your own life. Nothing in the economy prevents you from
taking control of your health, or your happiness. The
politicians cannot stop a determined individual from having
fun, from being a loving, enthusiastic parent, a good spouse
or a good neighbor. And nothing "out there" can prevent the
human spirit from celebrating life!

Every year, Mary and I adopt a motto for the year. For next
year we've adopted, "A little slice of Heaven in 2011!" I
encourage you to join us. Or make up a slogan that suits you
better, but do it boldly! The economists ("the gloomy
profession"), the politicians and the news have little to do
with your ability to survive, thrive, make a life and live
well. Have some fun. Set your goals. And live with joy,
love, confidence and abundance in 2011.

4. Quotes of the Week

“If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you
never take chances.”
-- Julia Soul

"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.

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new
audacity of imagination."
-- John Dewey

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good
news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much
you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your
potential is!”
-- Anne Frank

5. Strictly Business: Predicting Your Economic Future

Almost every day, I read that the U.S. economy is on the
verge of a slow-down, or that things are up, or things are
going down. The reality is that none of us depends upon any
national average! Your economic future, and your bottom
line, are primarily up to you!

Many TIP's subscribers are employees, and some of you think
your salary is determined by your boss, or by union scale,
or by some other measure. I appreciate that perspective.

Over time, however, your personal wealth is more a function
of savings and investment than any salary you might earn.
Over time, your financial future is determined by your
contribution, your skills, your energy, your ability to see
and grasp opportunity, and the actions you take. Your
company pay scale plays a role, but over the long-haul, you
decide where you work, what you do, and how much value you

Brian Tracy is fond of reminding his audiences to "never
make the mistake of thinking you work for anyone but
yourself." You are the CEO of your own personal services
company, and your economic future is in your hands.

Your economic realities will be a reflection of your skills,
your efforts, your choices, and your value in the market-
place. As you plan for the new year, take time to reflect
on your income for this year. If you are satisfied that it
adequately reflects your abilities, good for you! If not,
give thought and reflect carefully on any changes you would
like to make in the coming year.

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7. Humor: A Few More Ponderables

As long-time subscribers know, I love these weird brain-
twisters. If you’ve got some good ones, I’m always looking
to add to my collection! Please send them to me at:! I hope you enjoy these:

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of

Do you need a silencer if you are going to shoot a mime?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical

How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the

If 7-11 is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, why are
there locks on the doors?

If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how does TEFLON stick to
the pan?

If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped
it from a height, what would happen?

If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what
happens when you turn on the headlights?

You know how most packages say "Open here". What is the
protocol if the package says, "Open somewhere else"?

Why do they put Braille dots on the drive-up ATM?

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

You know that indestructible black box they put on
airplaines? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of the
same material?

Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an
address, you turn down the volume on the radio?


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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