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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, February 2, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The End of Procrastination!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  February Check-up 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Advice on Love and Marriage 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

To over-come procrastination, be a player! Life is not a
rehearsal and there are no "do-overs"! If you have dreams,
be certain you have enough REASONS to justify the investment,
then go all out! Put your whole life into it! Procrastination
cannot survive in the face of a committed, determined human will!

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2. Welcome Notes

February brings Valentine's Day! Guys, it's less than two
weeks away, so plan accordingly! My personal experience
suggests that a bit of thought and a little creativity can
pay off in the most delightful ways! As long-time subscribers
know, every year I publish two freebies I hope you'll enjoy:

1. My Top 10 Guide to Great Sex! (No, it's not "dirty"! -
but it is fun!) You can read it at:
http://philiphumbert.com/Articles/10GreatSex.html

2.  "101 Most Romantic Things to Do and Say."   Readers
 helped me collect this list and you can have the list emailed to
you free! (And, please take a moment to send an email to friends
or family who might enjoy it, as well!) Anyone can get the list by
sending an email to:  Romance@philiphumbert.com

Next, things are really hopping around here, and I've got
three important items to announce. I want to keep TIPS
relatively "non-commercial" and I never sell advertising,
but I do want to tell you about three projects you may
want to jump on. Here we go:

First - Our monthly "Ask the Expert" call is Feb 12th, this
time with Michael Angier on "The 10 Traits of World Class
Businesses and How To Use Them in Your Business". Last
month, Kristie Tamsevicius was a phenomenal success, and
this will be even bigger! Remember Tom Peter's mega-best-
seller, "In Search of Excellence"? I think Michael's work
on World Class Business traits is more practical and even
more important. Don't miss this! Space is limited. To
register, Click Here!

Second, this is your LAST CHANCE to take my "Road to
Riches" personal finance class
until April. We all think
about money - earning more, spending less, investing
wisely. This class has made the difference for hundreds of
people and I hope you'll join us! Isn't it time you took
charge of your financial future? Take action!  Click Here!

Finally, please join us for the first ever World Class
Life(tm) Conference
in Wisconsin, May 8-10th! The response
has been amazing and this will FILL quickly! Over 35% of
the tickets went in just 2 days, and after one week of
advertising there are only 28 spots left! (WOW!) Check this
out, and please take immediate action to save your space!  Click Here!


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3:  The End of Procrastination!
 

People often ask me how to over-come procrastination to
achieve their goals and create the life they truly want.
This week, I discovered two of the essential steps to
dealing with procrastination and making your dreams come
true.

The situation is familiar: We have a vision or goal, and
we know it is within our reach. It may not be simple or
easy, but we KNOW it's possible - if only we would get
started. But we don't. We procrastinate. We plan and
dream and talk, but we fail to take action. Time passes,
things don't change and we berate ourselves in frustration!

That is no way to live your life! Let's look at some
solutions.

Step One: Power comes from Purpose!

This week I talked with three people who have big dreams
and wonderful ideas, but they've taken no action. As we
talked, I realized they have no powerful, passionate
REASONS to succeed. No rational person works long and
hard without a good reason!

They each thought they had reasons. Their dreams are
creative and would make them rich if they succeeded. Their
families support them, and they thought their "reasons to
succeed" were obvious, but their reasons were really just
cliches, and cliches have no real power in them!

Power comes from purpose! The power to get up early, stay
late, and work hard to achieve a distant goal comes from
your heart. It comes from knowing your purpose, your
REASONS for doing it!

When a teenager wants to make the basketball team, or a
mother wants a doctor for her sick child, or we NEED a
college education, human beings will find a way. But
"nice" goals are not enough.

The power to over-come procrastination, take action, find
solutions and keep going comes from one source: Living
your life on PURPOSE! When you know WHY, you'll find
the HOW!

Step Two: Become a Player!

This is simple: are you an amateur, or a pro? Are you
serious, or are you dabbling? Are you committed, or merely
interested? The answers make all the difference.

Again, I've recently talked with several people who claim
to have a sense of purpose behind their goals, but I don't
think they truly mean it. They "dabble" and leave no
tracks in the sand.

They tell a great story, and they seem committed, but their
actions are not consistent. At some level, they know that
dabbling rarely brings substantive results, and so they
postpone and procrastinate. Action that has no weight or
substance is hardly worth taking, so over the long-haul,
they make little or no effort to achieve their goals.

Don't be a lightweight! The ancient general, Hannibal, is
famous for taking his troops through impossible mountains
and is remembered for saying, "We will find a way, or make
one." He found a way!

To over-come procrastination, be a player! Put some weight
and time and money and skill behind your dreams and make
them happen! Life is not a rehearsal and there are no "do-
overs"! If you have dreams that call you, be certain you
have enough REASONS to justify the investment, and then go
all out! Put your whole life into it! Procrastination cannot
survive in the face of a committed, determined human will!

     Want to live ON PURPOSE? The World Class Life(tm)
     Conference is designed to give you the time, opportunity,
     tools and support to create the life you truly want! You
     deserve a chance to relax, gain perspective and get the
     power that comes from living on purpose!  Click for Info!



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4. Quotes of the Week
 

"I don't worry about the storms, I am learning to sail my own ship."
                                    -- Louisa May Alcott

"Before you wonder 'Am I doing thinks right,' ask 'Am I doing the right things?"
                                    -- Stephen R. Covey

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
                                    -- Karen Kaiser Clark

"I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life."
                                    -- Queen Margret II of Denmark"


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5. Strictly Business:  February Check-up

It's February already! January "flew by" and that's very
exciting, although it's amazing that the year is already 8%
gone! (Are you about 10% of the way to your goals for this
year? Remember, you want to be "ahead of the curve" to
allow for set-backs, holidays and vacations later in the
year.)

It may seem early to do a "reality check" on your goals,
promises and projects for the year, but my advice is that
early is better than late. It's time to do a quick check,
re-assess your projections and re-affirm your priorities.

In the rush and romance of starting a new year, we often
make three critical mistakes in setting our goals:
(1) we fail to set any goals at all, or (2) we set expansive,
unrealistic goals that lead to the wide-spread cynicism
about goals and New Year's Resolutions, or (3) we set great
goals but forget to monitor our progress and adjust accordingly.

If you failed to set appropriate, thoughtful goals for the
year, do it now. It's still early in the year. Right now
is the perfect time to take charge, decide your future,
create plans and follow-through. Set goals!

Or, if you are in the second category and optimistically
set goals that no longer seem appropriate or balanced or
meaningful, change them! Take a look at what you wrote
in the passionate moments of New Year's and see if they
still motivate you. If they don't, change them!

And finally, if your goals seem appropriate, exciting and
meaningful, then your task is simply to monitor your
progress, check off each step along the way, and
congratulate yourself for being among the top 4%, the 4%
who set, use and achieve their goals year by year! Good
for you!


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6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

This week I have the delightful task of sharing THREE great
opportunities with you! I hope you'll take a serious look
at all three - they could make all the difference!

#1: World Class Life Conference
May 8-10th


This Conference focuses specifically on giving you the
tools, time, techniques, support and confidence to create
the life you truly WANT! That's a huge claim, and it is
our minimum goal for this Conference. You'll have four
great coaches and the help you need to set "Perfect GOALS"
- goals that reflect your values, fulfill your heart and
excite your passion. You'll have time to relax, and be
challenged to think clearly. You'll be given workbooks,
exercises and tools. And, you'll have permission to dream
and to sit and ponder. Info and registration is at:  Click Here!


This has obviously struck a chord and the response has been
phenomenal! Over 35% of the slots were filled in just 2
days! We have only 28 spaces left! Act now and you can
still get the early 40% discount (16 people only), and be
certain your space is reserved. I hope we'll see you in
Green Lake, Wisconsin! Don't let this slip away because
you waited, delayed or wondered. If this "suits you" (and
you know if it does, trust your heart on this), I hope
you'll take action and join us!  Register today!


#2: The Road to Riches
by Dr Philip E. Humbert


These are uncertain times, but one absolute certainty is
that your financial future is in YOUR hands. There is
plenty of money, and new businesses are formed every day.
The freedom to invest is available every single day. We
read about people of modest means investing wisely and
retiring wealthy, but we also know that millions of us
struggle with debt, and have watched our stocks evaporate.
In the end, we fail to take action. Don't let that be you!
This class has helped hundreds of people understand their
finances, get organized, and have the knowledge and
confidence to take control. Wouldn't you love to have that
sense of confidence?

This class could be the turning point in your finances and
this is your LAST chance to take the class until at least
April. I hope you'll join us. I offer a 100%, money-back
guarantee. You CAN understand you financial situation,
manage better, and retire wealthy.  Act Now!


#3: Ask the Experts with Michael Angier
Wed, February 12th, 8:00 PM Eastern time


What sets rapidly growing, extremely profitable businesses
apart from all the rest? Why do some businesses gain a
"World Class" reputation, while others struggle and hope
for a profit? Most importantly, how can you USE this to
build your own business in 2003? Michael Angier has
studied the 10 key traits of world class businesses and
people pay thousands of dollars (and travel thousands of
miles!) to his 2-day seminars, and I am thrilled to bring
him to you! This is a live call! You can ask questions,
join the discussion, and get Michael's personal advice!
The call will even be recorded so if you miss the call,
we'll send it to you and you can review it forever! Last
month's call with Kristie Tamsevicius was a tremendous
success, and I expect this will fill quickly. If you own
a business or work for one, this is for you!  Register now!


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7. Humor:    Advice on Love and Marriage
 

Paul Vogt sent me these quotes from little kids on the
secrets of love an marriage. Since we celebrate Valentine's
Day this month, I thought the timing was perfect! Enjoy!


HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if
you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and
she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're
going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get
to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be
yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get
to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you
listen long enough. -- Lynnette, age 8

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they're rich. -- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to
mess with that. --Curt, age 7

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
I don't know which is better, but I'll tell you one thing.
I'm never going to have sex with my wife. I don't want to
be all grossed out. -- Theodore, age 8

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys
need someone to clean up after them. -- Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET
MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't
there? --Kelvin, age 8

"And the #1 Favorite is........"

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks
like a truck. --Ricky, age 10


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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!
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President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.


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