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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Focus on What You Can Control
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: The Power of Two
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: The Questions Never Asked

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1. The One-Minute TIP

In the coming twelve months the sun will move and the
seasons will change. You cannot control these things. But
you can control what time you get up in the morning. You can
choose your attitude, your friends, your diet, your focus
and your goals. You can, to a remarkable degree, create the
life you want. Choose well. Use your power. And, read more
books! It will change your life!

2. Welcome Notes

As I write this it's still over a week away, but let's begin
with Merry Christmas! Obviously, not everyone celebrates the
Christian holiday, but there seems little harm in praying
for peace and goodwill on earth. For those who celebrate the
birth of Jesus, may this be a time of special blessing and
renewed faith. And may every child get the gift of love
along with at least one really cool toy!

Next, I want to thank the huge number of folks who wrote to
say how much they enjoyed last week's TIPS, "I've Had it
With Gloom & Doom!" Dozens of you used phrases like "the
best ever!" and that was very gratifying. The volume and
positive nature of the email really surprised me! Because so
many folks enjoyed it, here's a link so you can read it
online if you missed it, or you can encourage friends to
check it out at: 

And, a sad note. This week I read that both Borders and
Barnes and Noble, the largest bookstore chains in America --
they account for 25% of all books sold! -- are on the verge
of bankruptcy. That's appalling! How can the richest, most
educated and freest people on earth not read more books? My
sense is that information and data (and hurried stress!)
come from the internet, but knowledge and wisdom (and freedom,
power and joy!) come from books. If you haven't finished your
holiday shopping, please consider giving real, hold-in-your-
hand-and-enjoy-forever books! There's no greater gift than a
good book!

Finally, a quick reminder about the MasterMind program I've
personally used for the past several years. I encourage you
to get the support, resources and tools to help you stay
focused, solve problems and achieve more in 2011! Check it
out (and sign up!) at: 

3: Focus on What You Can Control

As I write this, the sun is rising over the hills to the
south-east, hidden behind a pillar on the corner of my home.
When I sit at this table during the summer, the sun rises
off my left shoulder, but now it has moved dramatically to
the south and is almost in my eyes. It shifts slowly, and
from one day to the next I see no difference, but gradually
the earth changes from summer to winter and I am subtly
influenced to change my chair, my schedule and sometimes I
even end up moving to another room. All with "no change"
from day to day!

Success and failure are often like that.

Obviously, we cannot control many of the things and events
in our lives, including the tilt of the earth. What I DO
control is whether I put curtains on the windows, arrange my
furniture to take advantage of the light, and use the
seasons to add variety and perspective to my office.
Actually, I depend on the changing angle of the sun to
"make" me move the furniture and dust behind my desk every
few months. I use these predictable changes to enrich my
office and make me look at the world differently.

In life, there are many things over which we have no
control. Fortunately however, there are many things we can
influence, and a few powerful things we can pretty much
control as we see fit.

Highly successful people understand this and spend their
time and energy where they can make a real and useful

There is a wonderful quote that is attributed to both Nelson
Mandela and to Marianne Williamson that says our real fear
is not that we are powerless, but that in fact we are
powerful beyond measure. We can influence more than we
think. Given enough time, courage and determination, we can
modify, impact, transform and re-invent almost everything in
our lives. We are not in complete control, but that is no
excuse to deny the power we have!

The new year will last twelve months. You will have 52 weeks
in which to choose your priorities. You will have 365 days
to decide where to focus your time, your attention and your
efforts. You will have thousands of opportunities to choose,
to try, and to learn. Twelve months is a huge amount of
time! In twelve months you can achieve miracles.

In the coming twelve months the sun will move and the
seasons will change. You cannot control these things. But
you can control what time you get up in the morning. You can
choose your attitude, your friends, your diet, your focus
and your goals. You can, to a remarkable degree, create the
life you want. Choose well. Use your power. And, as I said
in the Welcome Notes, read more books! It will change your

4. Quotes of the Week

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may
still exist, but you have ceased to live."
-- Mark Twain

"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one
asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who
you are."
-- Ancient Chinese Proverb

"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a
while he knows something."
-- Wilson Mizner

5. Strictly Business: The Power of Two

There's an old saying that "two heads are better than one."
Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs, managers, and
professionals (almost all of us) try to do far too much by

By dividing tasks among people who specialize and do them
best, we gain efficiency, expertise and power. By out-
sourcing to individuals whose talents and interests match
the task, we not only benefit from their expertise, we
release ourselves from work we don't enjoy. We're happier,
and the job is done better, faster and often, cheaper.

Beyond that, however, is a world of partnerships where one-
plus-one equals far more than two! A partnership where you
have an audience and I have valuable information creates a
win for you (you bring unexpected benefits to your
customers), a win for me (I share my expertise with people I
could not have reached) and there is a huge win for your
audience who receives the best from BOTH of us. It's a win-
win-win that is powerful and profitable for everyone

The opportunities for joint ventures and shared projects are

Think of those fliers in your monthly credit card statements.
They are often one-time joint ventures. Ever gone to a store
and received a free sample of some product? Those are
often short-term joint marketing ventures.

Get creative! Think of ways to partner with experts and
leaders in your field to increase both your own credibility,
and to expand each other's market. Joint ventures and
partnerships can be extremely rewarding!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 Here is the MasterMind Program I Use!
Get the Support, Resources and Tools You Need
Achieve more in 2011!
TIPS subscribers know the value of a small group of
dedicated partners who will support you, encourage you,
hold you accountable, and most importantly, help you
ACHIEVE MORE! MasterMind teams succeed!

Iíve belonged to MasterMind teams for over twenty-five
years and they have helped me achieve more than I could
have dreamed! MasterMind teams have an energy and an
intelligence all their own. If you are serious about
having and doing more, about achieving your goals and
creating the life you want, JOIN A MASTERMIND! I can't
be any clearer!

I've written a book about this (see below), and you can form
your own team, but why not join a program that has dozens of
tools, resources, audio recordings and partners already in
place? Why "re-invent the wheel?" Iíve known and worked with
Michael Angier for ten years. I belong to his "Diamond Club"
because it works, and because it's fun! I hope you'll join
me! At least, check it out at: 

#2 Use a MasterMind 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, 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 Make Your Website EARN MORE!
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 and my
shopping cart, with no hassle! I love this! And, you can use
it for 30 days to check it out. Highly recommended!

7. Humor: The Questions Never Asked

Mark Osmak sent this list of odd and unusual questions. As
long-time subscribers know, I love quirky, strange humor and
this certainly fits the bill! I hope you enjoy them as much
as I did!

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the
batteries are going dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they
know we're already out of money?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks
when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the
bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with
hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with
their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine
it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag ever opens from the end you
try first?

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was
in summer when we complained about the heat?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?


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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