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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, July 21, 2002
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3.
Getting Past the Stuck Places
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  A Business or A Job?
6. Resources You Can Use
7. Humor:  Warning - Major Groaners Ahead

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1. The One-Minute TIP

If you have a dream, a goal or project, and if you really
want to achieve it, find a way. There's a wonderful quote
from Hannibal, "We will find a way, or make one." Take baby
steps if you must. Ask for help, try a different way, hire
a coach, but never, never, never settle for the status quo.
Giving up, giving in, settling and sighing with regret are
the only failures. Everything else is success-in-the-making.
Go for it!

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2. Welcome Notes

Last week, I talked about the joys of summer and reminded
our subscribers in the Southern Hemisphere to enjoy their
winter and that their turn for summer will come soon. I've
been amazed at the number of folks from "down under" who
thanked me for remembering them!

Apparently, we northerners too often forget that this small
planet is round and that we are all riding this thing
together. So to the members of this "family" in Africa,
South America, Australia, New Zealand, India and around the
world, please accept my greetings and best wishes!

I also received several emails thanking me for reminding
people to enjoy the small miracles and wonders of daily
life, and if I can do that, I figure I've done something
good. Life is short, my friends! And life is full of
sunrises, smiles, children, music, dogs chasing balls, and
lovers holding hands. There is much pain and tragedy in
life, so why not make sure each of your days is also
balanced with a bit of silliness and fun?

This week, make a point to tickle someone, or whisper in
their ear, or send them a note, or go fly a kite. Have
some fun. Life is short; make it count!

Finally, thanks to all of you who forward TIP's to friends
and family, encouraging them to subscribe. I really
appreciate that! This week, I want to welcome 119 new
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3: 
Getting Past the Stuck Places

Recently, I've been noticing how many conversations I have
with folks who are "stuck". They are not failures in any
sense of the word. They live healthy, productive lives
with many successes to their credit. But they are also
"treading water", "marking time", or "settling" for less
than they desire. They are "trying", but are not making
much progress toward their next goal or toward fulfilling
their deepest desires.

We all experience this at times. Sometimes, after
completing a major project we want to rest, enjoy the new
level of success and catch our breath before moving on.
Or, sometimes we aren't sure how to proceed and have to
wait and ponder and get a new plan. There are many reasons
to "pause", and that's often a good thing, but it is very
different than being "stuck".

Being "stuck" is no good. It's frustrating, it's
irritating, and it undermines our integrity, our self-
worth, and our confidence. And, for some people, being
stuck seems to be a lifestyle. They set unrealistic goals,
or create roadblocks and delays, or have excuses, that
prevent them from ever achieving, having, or enjoying the
things they say they want in life.

For those people, I have no real solutions. If you wish
to stay stuck, for whatever reason, that is your right.

But for folks who are determined to make progress, to get
past the "stuck places", there are a few strategies that
have seemed helpful, and I offer them with respect. We are
all different, and we get stuck for different reasons, and
we need strategies that fit our values and our situations,
but here are some you may find useful:

1. Be honest about being stuck and get really frustrated
about it! Say it out loud. Admit your situation to
yourself, and get angry. Being stuck is no good and when
you get clear enough, and frustrated enough, your brain
will find a solution. Be clear that you will NOT stay
stuck, and be DETERMINED to find a solution. Sometimes,
healthy anger is a great motivator.

2. Get creative. List 20 crazy, insane, silly and
original ways to move forward. Give yourself permission to
brainstorm, to "mindmap", or to simply do the opposite of
what you've been trying. Shake loose, break the mold, or
to use that old phrase, "think outside the box". If you
are stuck, get past it!

3. Do research. Other folks have achieved what you want
to achieve, they found solutions and made it happen. Learn
from them. Ask questions. Read the books. Attend seminars,
take classes, call an expert, hire a coach, but find out
how other people have succeeded and do what they did.

4. Question your intentions. Why are you stuck? Do you
really want what you say you want? Really? Is there
someone you love or whose opinion you value who disagrees
with your goal? Are you sabotaging yourself because of
ambivalence, confusion, or because you goal conflicts with
your values? If so, resolve this first, then clarify your
new goals and move forward.

5. Baby steps are OK. This is my personal favorite. When
I'm stuck on something I truly want, I often give myself
permission to make the smallest, simplest, crudest steps
forward. I love BIG solutions and instant answers, but
sometimes, on some issues, I have to settle for small,
incremental progress. Sometimes, we have to trust that
"inch by inch, anything's a cinch" and just creep forward
until we find a way to make those giant leaps.

The key is to never stop moving. Too often, we confuse
"trying", or worrying, or talking or dreaming with actual
movement. Those things do not take us forward. They
actually undermine our progress and make us feel like
victims.

If you have a dream, a goal or project, and if you really
want to achieve it, find a way. There's a wonderful quote
from Hannibal, "We will find a way, or make one." Take baby
steps if you must. Ask for help, try a different way, hire
a coach, but never, never, never settle for the status quo.
Giving up, giving in, settling and sighing with regret are
the only failures. Everything else is success-in-the-making.
Go for it!



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4. Quotes of the Week

"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.

"A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan
and a deadline."
                                       -- Harvey Mackay

"The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams."
                                       -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So
throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
                                       -- Mark Twain


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5. Strictly Business:  A Business or A Job?

Many professionals and small business owners believe
they own a business when in fact they have actually
created a job for themselves. What's the distinction?
The difference is in the systems.

A business is a collection of systems and processes that
produce results. A job is a task or skill performed by a
person in exchange for money. It doesn't matter if the
task or skill is extremely well paid, if you are paid only
when you show up and do your work, then no matter what your
tax return might say, you are self-employed and have a job.

Creating a job for yourself is no small thing! Building a
profitable law practice or dental practice, or being a
professional coach are major accomplishments! Even if you
delegate some of the functions, such as receptionist or
bookkeeper, maintaining your skills, serving customers,
marketing yourself and running the show is a huge achievement.
But, in many ways, it isn't a "business", it's your job.

A business is organized so that as employees come and go,
the tasks can be learned and performed by different people.
A business has systems that allow it to function when the
boss is sick or away on vacation. A business has a degree
of automation, a sense of flow and momentum so that
customers see no difference regardless of who fills their
order or provides the service. A business can be sold as a
free-standing enterprise.

I want to be clear that there are advantages to both
processes, and for many people, being self-employed is
highly desirable. They don't want to make the investments
or design the systems of a business. They like the "hands-
on", individual style of working for (and often, by)
themselves.

The advantage of building a business, however, is that it
is as an asset. It can be sold, or franchised, or licensed
to other people. The systems can often be replicated,
sometimes even in other industries, and that gives a
business tremendous financial leverage.

Whichever way you prefer to go, be clear about your choice.

To read more about the distinctions between being self-
employed and building a business, I highly recommend
Michael Gerber's book, "The E-Myth Revisited". Find it in
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7. Humor:    
Warning - Major Groaners Ahead!


How do crazy people go through the forest?
They take the psycho path.

How do you get holy water?
Boil the hell out of it.

What did the fish say when it hit a concrete wall?
"Dam!"

What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long?
Polaroids.

What do prisoners use to call each other?
Cell phones.

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?
A stick.

What do you call cheese that isn't yours?
Nacho Cheese.

What do you call Santa's helpers?
Subordinate Clauses.

What do you call four bullfighters in quicksand?
Quatro sinko.

What has four legs, is big, green, fuzzy, and would kill
you if it fell out of a tree?
A pool table.

What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A nervous wreck.

Why do bagpipers walk when they play?
They're trying to get away from the noise.

Why do gorillas have big nostrils?
Because they have big fingers

Did you hear about the flasher that was thinking about retiring?
He decided to stick it out for one more year.

What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic?
Sanka.


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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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