Subject: One Percent Solution

Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Monday, September 18, 2000
Issue #34


1. Welcome Notes
2. One Percent Solution
3. Coaching: What is YOUR One Percent Solution?
5. Humor: In The Beginning
6. Reading For The Journey
7. Shameless Marketing

1. Welcome Notes

It has been a gorgeous week here in the mountains of
Colorado: hot during the day and crisp at night. I know it’s
fall, and it feels like July!

I have plans to climb Mt. Elbert, the highest mountain in
Colorado with a close friend next Saturday to complete my
goal of 10 14ers. Pray for good weather!

Welcome to all our new subscribers. I continue to
celebrate our ever increasing family. We grow by your
willingness to share CTJ with you friends, family and co-
workers. Thanks for doing that!

By Philip E. Humbert, PhD

Many years ago, someone told me that the key to success
is not doing something big or spectacular, but doing the
little things extraordinarily well.

When we think of Olympic athletes, it’s tempting to
pretend that they are somehow “different”. We tell
ourselves they were born with incredible strength or
unusual talent, or had training that we could never get for
ourselves. We look at Michael Jordan in sports, or we
compare ourselves to Barbra Streisand as an entertainer,
and say, “I could never do that.”

While there is truth in acknowledging their incredible
talent, there is also a lie in pretending that because we
don’t have their genetic gifts, we are somehow excused
from the necessity of doing our best. That is simply not

The vast majority of highly successful people, in any area
of life, are simply those who worked a bit harder, stayed a
bit longer, and did a bit more.

The highest paid people in any industry earn many times
more than the average income. Is that because they are
100 times smarter? Are they 50 times more ambitious?
Do they work 20 times harder or do they have more hours
in a day? Of course not!

The highest paid, most successful people do the little
things extremely well. They remember the details,
acknowledge their friends, and they keep their promises.
They return phone calls on time. They remember to say
“Please” and “Thank You!”, and they smile. They get to
work just a bit earlier, make one or two more calls or stay
just a bit later at the end of the day. The simple truth is
this: They go the extra mile, and it makes a difference.

They take care of the “little things”, and the difference is
reflected in their paychecks!

What opportunities do you have to improve your
performance by just 1 percent this week? It’s called the
“One Percent Solution”, and over time, it makes all the

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3. Coaching: What Is YOUR 1% Solution?

One of the primary reasons we don’t live our dreams, do
the thing our hearts most want to do, take the risk to put
ourselves out in the world at a new level is because it feels
so overwhelmingly.

When we are struggling to pay our bills, even the idea of
achieving financial independence is inconceivable. When
we have a family, giving up a day job to put our energy
into a coaching practice seems far too risky. When we can
hardly find the time to go for a walk, climbing Mt. Everest
is incomprehensible. Yet, all are possible one percent at a time.

When we break those big goals into small steps, they
become imaginable, possible, doable. Phil’s One Percent
Solution is a great model for doing this. His examples are
geared toward the work place and earning more money.
The concept is equally as valid in our personal lives as it is
in the work place. Success in any area of life is attained in
one percent increments.

One percent is a single step toward your goal, your dream,
your success. Mt. Everest is climbed one step at a time. A
successful practice is built one step at a time. A different
relationship with a parent is created one step at a time.

Oh, what we can accomplish in our lives when we simply
put one foot in front of the other and each week
implement a new One Percent Solution.

What is your One Percent Solution for this week? Which
one for next week? And the week after?


The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with
triumph and joy–and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern
for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby.
Lurch to your feet again. You’ll make the sofa in the end.
Pam Brown

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.

Action may not always bring happiness but there is no
happiness without action.

To be nobody but yourself — in a world which is doing its
best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means
to fight the hardest battle which any human being can
fight, and never stop fighting.
e.e. cummings

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single

5. Humor: In The Beginning

This light-hearted look at the evolution of Man is long
and well worth reading. Thanks to my sister Barb for the
chuckles it provides.

In The Beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.
And the Earth was without form, and void, And darkness
was upon the face of the deep. And the Devil said, “It
doesn’t get any better than this.”

And so God created Man in His own image; Male and
Female He created them.

And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that
they were lean and fit.

And God populated the earth with broccoli and
cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables
of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and
healthy lives.

And so the Devil created McDonald’s. And McDonald’s
brought forth the 79-cent double cheeseburger. And the
Devil said to Man, “You want fries with that?” And Man
said, “Super size them.” And Man gained five pounds.

And so God created the healthful yogurt, that Woman
might keep her figure. But the Devil brought forth
chocolate. And Woman gained five pounds. And God
said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.” And the Devil brought
forth Ben and Jerry’s. And Woman gained 10 pounds.
And God said, “Why doth thou eatest thus? I have sent
thee heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to
cook them.”

But the Devil brought forth chicken fried steak so big it
needed its own platter. And Man gained 10 pounds and
his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And so God brought forth running shoes. And Man
resolved to lose those extra pounds. And the Devil
brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man
would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN
and ESPN2. And Man gained another 20 pounds.

And so God brought forth the potato, a vegetable
naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And
the Devil peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the
starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And the
Devil created sour cream dip. And Man clutched his
remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in
cholesterol. And the Devil saw and said, “It is good.”

And Man went into cardiac arrest. And God sighed and
created quadruple bypass surgery. And the Devil canceled
Man’s health insurance.

So God showed Woman how to peel the skin off chicken
and cook the nourishing whole grain brown rice. And the
Devil created light beer so Man could poison his body,
while feeling righteous because he had to drink twice as
much of the now-insipid brew to get the same buzz. And
Man gained another 10 pounds.

And Woman ventured forth Into the land of Godiva
Chocolate. And upon returning asked Man, “Do I look
fat?” And the Devil said, “Always tell the truth.” And
Man did.

And Woman went out from the presence of Man and
dwelt in the land of the divorce lawyer, east of the
marriage counselor. And the Devil said, “It doesn’t get
any better than this.”

6. Reading For The Journey

Do One Thing Different… and Other Uncommonly
Sensible Solutions To Life’s Persistent Problems by Bill

This is the ultimate One Percent Solution book! O’Hanlon
writes that simply “changing the viewing” or “changing
the doing” of a problem will give us back the authority
over our emotions and lives.

He presents true stories which exemplify how lives can be
radically changed by simply doing one thing differently.
My favorite definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting the results to be different.
This book tells us, in simple, practical ways, how to create
a sane life. O’Hanlon presents us with direct, usable,
sensible 1 Percent Solutions to get unstuck and create the
life we REALLY want.

I highly recommend this book. Order it by clicking here:

7. Shameless Marketing

I have space for 3 new clients who are committed to
having more success, freedom and joy in their lives. Be
supported in identifying and living YOUR One Percent
Solutions. Schedule a free demonstration coaching call
today by calling me at 1-888-704-9336.

My coaching rates are increasing to $300 a month for 4 half
hour sessions on October 1. However, anyone mentioning
Celebrating The Journey will be gifted with the previous
rate of $250 until the end of the year 2000. Now is the time
to create the life you REALLY want!

Give yourself the gift of a One Percent Solution this week.

Namaste, Margo

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