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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 7, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2.
Welcome Notes
3.
Triumph Over Trouble 
4.
Quotes of the Week
5.
Strictly Business:  Buy Your Calendars Now   
6.
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7.
Humor:   Time For An Attitude Check

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The key is understanding how life really works, that
challenges are how we learn and grow. Life is about what we
learn and what we learn to do. Expect "interesting" situations.
Taking them in stride builds your confidence. Never fear
trouble; expect to triumph over it!


>>> NEXT WEEK:
There is one "master skill" that more than any other will
determine the quality of your future and the height of your
success. Watch for next week's TIPS, "The Foundation For
Great Achievement."


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2. Welcome Notes

What a glorious thing democracy is! It's messy, inefficient
and confusing, and for all of that, it is the best system of
government ever devised. I can't remember when I've been
more proud of my country and our people. To everyone who
voted last week, thank you! If your candidates and issues
won, congratulations, and if your candidates or issues lost,
my condolences. Either way, we march forward together.
Good for us!

On a more personal note, this week has been gorgeous here
in Oregon. The days have been cool and crystal clear, with
leaves falling and that special sense of autumn in the air.
Yesterday morning when Cody and I went for our walk the
stars were so clear and bright, it took my breath away.
Magnificent!

Finally, I want to remind everyone about my strong
(passionate!) endorsement of Michael Angier's new ebook,
"101 Best Ways to Get Ahead." This thing is fantastic! It's
an amazing tool and I hope each of you will grab a copy.
You get over $1500 in various bonuses and gifts, but more
importantly, it is the best "encyclopedia" I have ever seen
for getting what you want in life. Buy it at:
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3:  Triumph Over Trouble 

The biggest difference between winners and losers is their
ability to cope with adversity.

Life is going to throw problems in your path. Sometimes the
challenges will be physical, other times they will be
financial. Sometimes they will be difficult people, or a
natural disaster like a fire or earthquake, but sooner or
later, life challenges each of us. And here's a key point:
Our response to "small" challenges is a much better
predictor of our long-term success than our response to the
so-called "disasters" in life.

Disasters are big! We can't deny or avoid them; we MUST
deal with them. When our home catches fire or an accident
puts us in the hospital, everyone understands that we MUST
deal with these things.

It is no accident that Winston Churchill described the
Battle of Britain as "their finest hour." When emergencies
strike, we rise to the occasion.

The real test is with the "termites," the "little things"
that are so easy to ignore. Things like paying our bills
and living within our means. Things like managing our
weight and staying fit. Things like time for loved ones,
for rest and renewal.

These things are not dramatic and they are not urgent. We
can delay taking time for our kids. We can neglect our
health for a long time before obvious problems occur.

Recently I saw a biography of Donald Rumsfield, and one of
the points they made is that he "moves toward problems; he
never turns his back or walks away." That is a sound
strategy!

High achievers in life expect challenges. They know that as
they move forward in life, problems will occur. Unexpected
things will happen, and they maintain an attitude of
optimism, humor, strength and resolve in the face of
difficulties. They know that as they become ever more
successful, the size and complexity of their problems will
grow. How could it be any other way?

So, here are a couple of keys to solving problems:

1. Expect difficulty! This is no surprise, it is not
"unfair" or unusual. Life is complicated. Get good at it.

2. Keep a buffer around the edges of your life. Maintain a
"reserve" of extra time, savings in the bank, and a bit of
energy to handle the unexpected.

3. An attitude of optimism and enthusiasm is essential.

4. View difficulties as "challenges" or "learning
opportunities" rather than as problems. How we talk about
our difficulties makes a huge difference in how we handle
them. Words matter!

5. "We get by with a little help from our friends." Have a
team of cheerleaders, experts and colleagues to help you
understand and over-come any problem.

6. Be proactive. Take care of problems while they are
small. Preventive maintenance is good for your car, your
relationships and your heart.

7. Learn from every experience and (try) not to have the
same problems twice. Learn from difficulties, make changes,
and move on. Never repeat the same life-lesson!

The key is understanding how life really works, that
challenges are how we learn and grow. Life is about what we
learn and what we learn to do. Expect "interesting"
situations. Taking them in stride builds your confidence.
Never fear trouble; expect to triumph over it!


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4. Quotes of the Week

"Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to
solutions."
                                      -- Anthony Robbins

"Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel,
stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself."
                                      -- Sara Henderson

"Living is a risky business. If we spent half as much time
learning how to take risks as we spend avoiding them, we
wouldn't have nearly so much to fear in life."
                                      -- E. Paul Torrance

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if
you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."
                                      -- George Horace Lorimer


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5. Strictly Business:   Buy Your Calendars Now

Have you scheduled your 2005 vacation yet? How about your
continuing education, or the up-grade for your computer?
How about your tax planning or that trip you've always
wanted, or opening the new office?

It's time to get your 2005 calendar up on the wall and
prepare your budgets, goals and targets for the new year.

I know it may sound early, but Halloween and the election
are over, and the holidays and end of the year will be here
before you know it. NOW is the time to get ready.

I am a huge believer in large, year-at-a-glance wall
calendars to keep us focused and "make" things happen. Of
course, there is nothing magical about wall calendars! But
they do create a visual reminder of our most important
priorities and we have used them in our offices for many
years.

We use a simple color-code system, with vacations and
holidays in green (a life-affirming color), major business
events and deadlines in red, blue for travel, and other
colors for specific conferences and miscellaneous events.
Every day, my assistant and I see the calendar, note the
color-codes and are reminded to stay on track, keep our
promises and achieve our deadlines.

NOW is the time to plan your most prosperous, exciting year
ever. NOW is the time to review your performance for 2004
and set your goals for the year ahead. Sure, ;your goals be
refined and perhaps even changed as your finalize plans in
the coming weeks, but begin the process now.

Get your 2005 calendars, schedule your most important
personal and professional dates, and mark them down. Decide
NOW that 2005 will be your best year ever!


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6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    101 Best Ways to Get Ahead
        An "encyclopedia" of Success!
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My friend and colleague, Michael Angier has compiled the
most useful and most powerful "encyclopedia" for
achievement I've ever seen. He calls it "101 Best Ways to
Get Ahead" and I absolutely want you to jump on this, buy
it, print it out and keep it on your desk from now on!

To get it now, click here:
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Creating a GREAT life is ALWAYS an on-going journey. That
is why you need this book! In life we need to achieve a
wide variety of things. Some are financial, some focus on
our relationships. Some are connected to health and
fitness, others to parenting or preparing for retirement,
but ALL of these things have one thing in common:

Other people have figured out how to do them well. Someone,
somewhere has figured out the "recipe" to achieve the
things you want in life, and Michael has compiled the
quotes, recommendations, the "recipes" to get stuff done!

He has also persuaded his colleagues around the world to
donate over $1500 in bonuses, extras and fr^ee access to
materials, but only IF you take action and buy the ebook. I
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7. Humor:    Time For An Attitude Check

William Barrows sends me tons of great stuff and I thought
this was particularly thought-provoking. I guess it's not
"humor" exactly, but it brightened my day and I hope it'll
do the same for you. Enjoy!

I am Thankful ..

FOR THE WIFE
WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME,
AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

FOR THE HUSBAND
WHO IS ON THE SOFA
BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME
AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.

FOR THE TEENAGER
WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES
BECAUSE THAT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME,
NOT ON THE STREETS.

FOR THE TAXES
THAT I PAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT
I AM EMPLOYED.

FOR THE MESS
TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY
BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I HAVE
BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

FOR THE CLOTHES
THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

FOR MY SHADOW
THAT WATCHES ME WORK
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE.

FOR A LAWN
THAT NEEDS MOWING,
WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,
AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING
I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT
WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

FOR THE PARKING SPOT
I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING
AND THAT I HAVE BEEN
BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.

FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM WARM.

FOR THE PILE
OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.

FOR WEARINESS
AND ACHING MUSCLES
AT THE END OF THE DAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

FOR THE ALARM
THAT GOES OFF
IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT I AM ALIVE.

AND FINALLY,
FOR TOO MUCH E-MAIL
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE
FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.


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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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