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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Change is Hard; Here's How to Make it Easy!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Networking for Fun and Profit
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Resume Bloopers

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Change can be hard, but it's not all that hard. We change
and grow, we learn new things and become new people all the
time. When the change we desire is specific, the costs and
benefits are clear, and we have the support of people who
love us, change is almost easy. And definitely more fun! You
can do this! The key is to plan wisely, start today, and
stay the course.

2. Welcome Notes

Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone caught in
hurricane Irene's devastation! As I write this, the news
just announced it will go up the East Coast this weekend, so
please be careful and get to a safe place where you can
enjoy the power and majesty of Mother Nature, rather than be
one of her victims.

After last week's TIPS, several people wrote to comment on
our trip to Colorado. Some commented that they also love
long road trips; and a few felt it important to share their
distaste (even "hatred" in one case) for long drives. For
us, the vastness of America is simply awe-some! And the
people are so amazing--always so interesting and each with
their own story. I love that!

Several people specifically commented on our listening to
Zig Ziglar audio recordings. Sometimes we listen to the
radio (which fades out just as a good song comes on) or
Mary's collection of classic rock, but over the years we've
mostly listened to educational recordings. Sometimes we
listen to a book on tape, other times it's a lecture (that's
how I first learned about the internet--almost 20 years
ago!), but the most common are success-oriented seminars. I
love it! And I encourage you to make your car (or daily
commute) an educational experience.

Finally, from our trip, I have a recommendation for everyone
who needs a better hands-free connection to their cell
phone. I've used various "ear buds" but I never liked their
noise and lack of clarity. On this trip I noticed the
truckers were all wearing headsets. I got curious and struck
up a conversation and learned about the absolute BEST
Bluetooth headset ever! Most truck stops sell them for about
$100, but I got mine from Amazon for $65 and it's fantastic!
A bit bulky (Mary says, "dorky") but it works! Check it out
here:  I love it and
folks say they have no idea I'm on a headset. I can hear
them and they can hear me. This is a good thing!

3: Change is Hard; Here's How to Make it Easy!

From personal experience and working with hundreds of
clients, I notice that change is hard. And, perhaps most
frustrating of all, too often old habits come back and
change rarely lasts. I think we can fix that!

Everyone seems to have some habit or behavior they want to
change. Maybe it's spending less, or weighing less, or using
time more productively, but too often people set a goal,
decide to "go for it" and try really hard. Sometimes they
change for a while, but in the end, they revert back to old
habits and they feel like a "failure." They get cynical and
discouraged. They even start making fun of "New Year's
Resolutions" and doubt that goal-setting programs will ever

That's a shame. Fortunately, there is a way to be
successful--if you know the recipe!

Step 1: Acknowledge that change involves. . .change! Habits
die hard. The brain has tried-and-true neural pathways that
mostly serve us well and make life easier and efficient for
us. That's actually a very good thing! But when we try to
change our habits (neural pathways), the brain resists. Take
this normal resistance seriously, admit it exists, and use
powerful strategies to install new habits. If we don't do
this first step, in the end, old habits will return.

Step 2: Be PRECISE about the change you want. Generalities
and hopes to "do better" won't cut it. Decide exactly what
you want, what it will look like, and how you will measure
your progress. Skipping the few minutes it takes to do this
step carefully and thoroughly is a setup for failure. Be
precise! Define the exact change you want. Remember, clarity
is power!

Step 3: Lists the COSTS of not changing. What will it cost
you over a lifetime to continue your old habit? Will you die
younger? Will you be poorer or more frustrated or have less
integrity? Again, do not skip this step! There are reasons
(important, vital reasons) you want to change. Write them

Step 4: List the ADVANTAGES of making the change you want.
How will you (and your loved ones) benefit from this change?
Will you be richer, stronger, live longer, be happier, or
healthier? Will you be more fulfilled? Will you have greater
integrity or achieve more in life? What are the real,
tangible benefits from making this change? List them all!

Step 5: DECIDE the change is worth it! Make the commitment.
Design systems and strategies for success. Think it through
and be very clear that this "new you" is going to happen,
and quickly! Being "interested" or hopeful, or wishing for
change is not enough. Assess the costs and advantages, then

Step 6: Be ACCOUNTABLE. Tell people about the change you
are making and ask them to monitor your progress. Use a
MasterMind. Ask family and loved ones to be your
cheerleaders. Report on your progress (and, if appropriate,
on your failures) and use your support team to cheer you on.
Get a coach! Fitness is easy if your best friend, a loved
one, or your team is waiting for you at the gym! Be

Step 7: CHART your progress. Post your weight on the
refrigerator door. Post your monthly budget where the family
can see it. Use graphs and pictures to mark your progress
and get feedback from people who care about your success.

Step 8: CELEBRATE! Too many people skip or forget this key
step! As you hit your benchmarks or when you are convinced
the new habit is successfully installed, have a family
celebration! Mark your victories! Change is hard and when
you've achieved it, you deserve a BIG reward, a victory
celebration and a HAPPY DANCE! Do this. It will make
everything easier.

Change can be hard, but it's not all that hard. We change
and grow, we learn new things and become new people all the
time. When the change we desire is specific, the costs and
benefits are clear, and we have the support of people who
love us, change is almost easy. And definitely more fun! You
can do this! The key is to plan wisely, start today, and
stay the course.

4. Quotes of the Week

"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

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

"Man is so made that when anything fires his soul,
impossibilities vanish."
-- Jean De La Fontaine

"Most of the things worth doing in the world have been
declared impossible before they were attempted."
-- Earl Nightingale

5. Strictly Business: Networking for Fun and Profit

There's an old saying that "it's who you know that counts,"
and for better or worse, it's often true.

Yes, there is a cynical aspect to the phrase, referring to
favoritism that is unfortunate. More often, however, people
get the referral or the promotion precisely because (in a
positive sense) of "who they know"--and who knows them!
Being known and liked does make a difference.

When it comes to networking, however, I've noticed two
unfortunate patterns that are generally NOT helpful:

First is the person (to be honest, it's usually a male) who
views networking as some strange contest to see who can
trade the most business cards in the shortest period of
time. There's a frantic, phony energy that is a huge turn-
off. Their quick handshake, exaggerated smile and exchange
of business cards is usually a waste of time.

The second is the person who attends networking functions
but fails to connect in any meaningful way. Often they spend
the entire time chatting with a friend, and leave without
meeting anyone new or making any lasting impressions.

Effective networking means connecting with a few people in
an honest, sincere way that says you would like to help them
if you can, and would appreciate the other person's support
in exchange.

Get to know people. Call them up, go to lunch, and if
appropriate, certainly exchange business cards! But what
you're looking for is a relationship. Get to know a few
people well, rather than collecting dozens of cards from
strangers. Follow-up with a phone call to touch base. And
for goodness sake, if you can, be sure to send some business
to the other person. Nothing will grow your own referral
business like the gratitude of people who have benefited
from your genuine support.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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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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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
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7. Humor: Resume Bloopers

Sandy from South Africa sent these this week, along with the
short note that she's in the recruitment business, so they
were especially poignant for her. I hope you enjoy them!
(And be sure to read carefully! Some are subtle and you
might miss them with just a quick scan.)

-- "I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree
with the Open University. I feel that this qualification
will prove detrimental to me for future success."
-- "Iím intrested to here more about that. Iím working today
in a furniture factory as a drawer."

-- "Hobbies: enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians."

-- "2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the
elderly and vegetable people."

-- "Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team
Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail."

-- "Objective: Career on the Information Supper Highway."

-- "Experience: Stalking, shipping & receiving"

-- "I am great with the pubic."

-- "My duties included cleaning the restrooms and seating
the customers."

-- "Revolved customer problems and inquiries."

-- "Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new

-- "Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over

-- "Seeking a party-time position with potential for

-- "Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year."

-- "Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave."

-- "Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget

-- "Itís best for employers that I not work with people."

-- "I would like to work for a company that is very lax when
it comes to tardiness."

-- "Spent several years in the United States Navel Reserve."

-- "I have a lifetimeís worth of technical expertise (I
wasnít born Ė my mother simply chose 'eject child' from the
special menu.)"

-- "Reason for leaving: Terminated after saying, 'It would
be a blessing to be fired.'"


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
President of Resources for Success!ô
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