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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2.
Welcome Notes
3.
Affirming the Truth and Nothing But the Truth 
4.
Quotes of the Week
5.
Strictly Business:  Is Your Business Working For You?   
6.
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7.
Humor:   Dog-gone Life Lessons

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1. The One-Minute TIP

There are many keys to a World Class Life. The skills and
attitudes and habits of successful people are as varied and
individual as they are, but some things do stand out. They
set and achieve goals. They take care of the "little
things." They dream big dreams. And, they affirm the truth
about who they are and how they've decided to live their
lives.

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2. Welcome Notes

First, I want to welcome our many new subscribers! I'm not
sure what's going on, but we've had hundreds of new
subscribers recently, and I love it! I suspect many of you
are recommending TIPS to your friends, and I appreciate it!
THANK YOU! If you find TIPS helpful, please encourage
friends and colleagues to sign up. They can use the form on
the top of almost every page at: http://philiphumbert.com

Secondly, my dog (Cody) and I have been walking even more
than usual, up to several miles a day, and I marvel at how
beautiful nature is. It's late winter, not quite spring
here, but the birds are singing, there are a few early
crocus coming up, and it's amazing. The other evening I sat
out on the deck watching the stars come out - quiet,
peaceful, a bit cold but very inspiring! I hope you can sit
in a park or walk in the country this week. Remember to
honor our "mother!"

And finally, again this week we had a few more people
register for our World Class Life Conference in May, and I
want to remind everyone to check it out and, if it seems
appropriate, take action to join us. If it's not for you,
obviously that's fine, but if you need and deserve some
time for yourself, some time (and resources) to take your
life to the "next level" I hope you'll take the plunge! At
least, check it out! http://MyWorldClassLife.com


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3:  Affirming the Truth and Nothing But the Truth 

This week, I told a couple friends about a little mantra or
affirmation I ponder almost every morning. They loved it.
Later I emailed it to a couple of clients, and based on
their feedback, I want to share it with all of you.

It goes like this:

     For today, I am in charge of my life.
     Today, I choose my thoughts.
     Today, I choose my attitudes.
     Today, I choose my actions and behaviors.
     With these, I create my life and my destiny.

I re-write these lines almost every morning. Sometimes I
modify them slightly depending on what seems to be the
"perfect" phrasing at the moment, but I've affirmed these
truths for years, and I think it's made a difference.

One of the wisest things I've ever heard about affirmations
is that they change everything, but only if they are
already true.

Often, I hear people recite affirmations that have little
or no basis in what I view as "reality." They affirm that
they are wealthy, when they can't pay their bills. They
affirm that they are great athletes, when at the moment
they are couch potatoes. I'm not sure how those affirmations
help. My fear is they may even hurt us because our brains see
us creating fantasy worlds or affirming magical things that
simply are not true.

When, however, we consciously and vigorously affirm the
BEST about ourselves, I think we do ourselves a great
honor. Everyday, there are people and events to demean or
minimize us. Everyday, someone criticizes our work, our
dress, our opinions or something else about our lives.
Everyday, we are given a chance to feel "less" about
ourselves.

Don't fall into that trap! Whatever your situation, there
are wonderful things that are TRUE and GOOD about you. It's
important that someone affirms these things, every single
day. And who better to do that than...YOU!

Tell the truth! You ARE ambitious. You ARE honest. You DO
have goals. And there are a hundred other things about you
that are also true and good and worth affirming. If you
don't tell your truth, who will?

The affirmation I shared above works for me. If it is right
and useful and "perfect" for you, you're welcome to use it.
And if it doesn't feel right, change it! I would never
claim it's perfect for anyone but me. And, I know there are
"logical flaws" with it. Of course, I don't always "choose"
what I think about or focus on. Of course, I don't always
"choose" my attitude - sometimes I get cranky or tired or
confused, just like everyone else. But, in spite of all
that, these words seem to make a difference for me.

If they "work" for you, write and recite them with
enthusiasm, every morning. I think you'll find good things
will happen. And, if you can improve on them for yourself
and your situation, please do so!

There are many keys to a World Class Life. The skills and
attitudes and habits of successful people are as varied and
individual as they are, but some things do stand out. They
set and achieve goals. They take care of the "little
things." They dream big dreams. And, they affirm the truth
about who they are and how they've decided to live their
lives.

Successful people do these things. It seems to make a
difference.

     You deserve a World Class Life! There are many skills, paths
     and tools that can help you, but a GREAT life is no accident!
     Invest in your greatness! I Please join us this May in Wisconsin!
     http://MyWorldClassLife.com


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4. Quotes of the Week

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
                                                -- Anne Frank

"Live out of your imagination, not your history."
                                                -- Stephen Covey

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
                                                -- James Dean

"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we
are, but in what direction we are moving."
                                                -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


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5. Strictly Business:   Is Your Business Working For You?

As I work with professionals and business owners, I see far
too many of them working hard to earn a living, but utterly
failing to build an effective business.

Many business owners work hard all day and struggle with
marketing and maintenance and production until they are
exhausted at night. Or, even worse, they don't have enough
work or customers to keep them busy, so they fret and
worry, but again, they aren't building an effective
BUSINESS, so day after day, nothing changes.

The goal of any business is to SERVE CUSTOMERS and the goal
of an effective business is to do it in a way that makes a
profit and makes sense for the owner, the employees, and
the investors. The "end" of any business has to make sense
- as well as "dollars and cents!"

Is your business "working" for you, or are you struggling?

Do you have "enough" customers to make a profit and the
"right" customers so your business really works for
everyone involved?

Do you have a plan (a blueprint, with details and dates)
for growing the business? Do you have an exit strategy for
when you want to retire or are ready to move on? Do you
make time (no one "has" time) to plan and design the
future? Are your plans being implemented on a regular
basis?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then make
changes! Adjust your schedule, get training, hire an
assistant, or get a coach! As Michael Gerber says in his
wonderful book, "The E-Myth," you want to work on your
business, not just in or for your business. Design and
build an effective, efficient (and profitable!) business
that works FOR you!

Let me know if I can help. If you would like coaching,
contact me at:  Coach@philiphumbert.com

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6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    The 12th Annual World Class Life(tm) Conference
        May 17-19th in Beautiful Wisconsin!
        If not now, when?
        If not you, who?
        www.MyWorldClassLife.com


The most successful people in the world know who they are
and where they are going. Living well can be defined as
living "a life of one's own." Too many of us spend our
lives working hard, racing from here to there and chasing
other people's goals! Don't let that happen to you! You
DESERVE time to focus on yourself! You deserve time to
clarify your major purpose and highest aspirations in life!
You deserve practical, powerful strategies to make your
dreams come true!

Of course you do! And the winners in life TAKE the time.
They INVEST in themselves, their skills and their goals.
They network with the best people they can find. They
attend the seminars. They plot strategy and make sure they
are "on course" and focused on their most important priorities.

A great life does not happen by accident or by working
"harder" and hoping for the best. Success in life - total,
balanced, fulfilling success - is the logical result of
doing the right things, in the right order, at the right
time. The WCL has been THE turning point for many, many
people over the years. It gives you the tools and the time,
the space and permission to focus on what you truly want
for this one and only life. It gives you strategies that
work, and the inspiration to work them. This May, make the
commitment to create and live the life you truly want!

I hope you'll join us. Get all the info and register at:
http://MyWorldClassLife.com


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7. Humor:    Dog-gone Life Lessons

My friend Margaret Martin, sent this list a while back and
I thought it was good, and good for a chuckle. There's a
ton of wisdom in these observations, and I hope you enjoy
them as much as I did!

If a dog were the teacher you would learn stuff like:

*** When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

*** Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

*** Let the experience of fresh air and wind in your face be pure ecstasy.

*** When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

*** Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

*** Take naps.

*** Stretch upon rising.

*** Run, romp, and play daily.

*** Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

*** Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

*** On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

*** On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

*** When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

*** No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the
guilt thing or pout...run right back and make friends.

*** Delight in the simple joy of a good walk.

*** Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

*** Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

*** If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

*** When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close
and nuzzle them gently.

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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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