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If The Bridge Is Washed Out, Build A Ferry.

The more flexible you can be with the specifics of your plan, the less time and energy you'll spend being upset when you are forced to change them.

Your plan is not a till-death-do-you-part vow. Always have a plan but don't be married to it.

Today's TQ Challenge: Work Your Plans Until You Succeed or Find a Better Way.

  1. Choose to be DETERMINED! What's more important -- to stick to your plan or to get to your goal?

  2. Choose to be INDUSTRIOUS! Is there a better way to complete what you're doing right now?

  3. Choose to be PERSISTENT! How else could you accomplish what you have set out to do today?

The best plan in the world is useless until it's put into action. How well you follow through with your plans -- ultimately determines your success. You only make things happen when you act on your plans and see them through to the end. Master this skill, and the achievement of any goal is just a written plan away.

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out..." ~ Robert Collier

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Make Plans Color.

Are You Overloading Yourself With Useless...

If you don't absolutely need to have something down on paper, don't ask for it... don't print it... don't file it... don't store it. This means every receipt, insurance form, letter, junk mail, report, proposal, etc. (If any given sheet of paper can't be directly or indirectly DEPOSITED into your checking account -- it deserves to be shredded or trashed!)

Find ways to improve your systems by eliminating unproductive paperwork from your desk.

Today's TQ Challenge: Find New Ways To Do More By Doing Less.

  1. Choose to be INNOVATIVE! What other ways could you communicate more efficiently than you do on paper?

  2. Choose to be PROGRESSIVE! What written reports do you receive but don't really need?

  3. Choose to be CREATIVE! How else can you eliminate some of the paper that is passing over your desk?

It's always better to choose a change, than to be forced into making one. When things are going smoothly, take the time to review your systems, equipment and processes. Look for new options and better alternatives. Get creative. Read the trade journals and find out how the best-of-the-best created and use their systems. Look at your work from your customer's, supplier's or competitor's perspective. You can always find a more efficient, productive or enjoyable way to complete your work.

"Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life." ~ Alan Lakein

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Organize Color.

Did You Know That...

If you look at your life, exactly as it is right now, you will discover which priorities you are currently focusing on first.

At every moment your priorities are made visible by your decisions and your actions.

Today's TQ Challenge: Focus ONLY on What's MOST Important Each Day.

  1. Choose to be FULFILLED! Have you ever noticed that how you spend your time is already a result of your pre-existing priorities?

  2. Choose to be SELF-DIRECTED! What's one area of your life that you would like to focus on more?

  3. Choose to be PURPOSEFUL! If your life isn't what you desire it to be, are you ready to establish a new set of priorities to make it so?

When you prioritize your life, you determine where your time will produce the most rewarding and satisfying results. Base these priorities on your personal list of values, goals and commitments. Urgency is a quality given to something requiring immediate attention -- regardless of its relative value. You can spend years chasing down one urgency after another. Or, you can focus on top priorities and ensure that what's most important to you actually shows up in your life. By choosing priorities over urgencies, you stop reacting to circumstances and start creating a life of power, passion and purpose.

"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing." ~ Harriet Braiker

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Prioritize Color.

Do You Have Any Regrets About The Past?

What a disappointment it would be to look back and see that, if only you had tried, you could have accomplished your dreams. Life is possibilities. You still have time. Go for yours.

Whatever it is, focus on at least one intermediate target toward your dream before this day is over.

Today's TQ Challenge: Convert Dreams Into Hard Targets with Specific Milestones.

  1. Choose to be REALISTIC! What dream are you holding back on right now?

  2. Choose to be PROACTIVE! What's your fondest wish?

  3. Choose to be EXPLICIT! What one step in the direction of your dream will you put into your schedule this week?

You'll never make a dream real until you have something specific to aim at. There is no way you can plan for -- to say nothing of work toward -- a "better life." You can, however, stipulate a list of conditions that would define a better life. Each of those items can then be made into a precise target you can aim for, and immediately begin to work towards. So, dream your dreams, then identify specific examples in the real world that best represent the desired qualities of your dream. Once you do this, you'll be well on your way to creating that "better life" you desire.

"In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are." ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Set Goals Color.

Are Your Old Habits Your Old Friends As Well?

Every negative behavior serves some positive benefit for you. The trick is to figure out what benefit you're getting from the negative behavior; then substitute a more productive behavior that delivers the same benefit.

Don't cold-turkey that old negative habit. Instead, replace it with a new habit that will serve the same benefits -- without the negative side effects.

Today's TQ Challenge: Embrace Change -- Grow With the Flow.

  1. Choose to be PROGRESSIVE! What's one of your negative behaviors?

  2. Choose to be GROWING! How does one of your negative behaviors serve you?

  3. Choose to be FLEXIBLE! What benefit does one of your negative work habits give you?

There are no limits to who you can become. The only constant is change -- and the only way to keep up with change is to learn and grow. The more you learn and grow, the more progressive and effective you'll become. Keep expanding your possibilities by being open and receptive to new ideas. If you're not constantly improving your learning power, you're falling farther behind -- and your earning power may be falling even faster.

"People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves." ~ Tryon Edwards

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Attitude Color.

Have You Done Any Good Deeds Lately?

Expand your dreams and your roles to find a way to contribute to others too. Do something to touch other people's lives in a positive and meaningful way. Contributing to something larger than your own interest creates a rich feeling of joy in your life, and in others' too.

It is most helpful when the part you play to make each of your dreams come true includes contributing to someone else's dream as well.

Today's TQ Challenge: Establish the Role You will Play to Achieve Your Dreams.

  1. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! What one small thing can you do for someone else today?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! What does it cost you to make a contribution of attention and care for someone else? What do you gain?

  3. Choose to be DEPENDABLE! Who will benefit most from a small favor you can perform today?

Every role -- every part you play -- deserves its own dedicated mission. Define what's most important to you in each role and make that your mission for the role. Nothing is more powerful than clearly identifying the contribution you will make to guarantee that each of your visions will come true. When you promise yourself, "This is what I will do," you define the roles that will make the biggest difference in your life.

"We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs." ~ Gloria Steinem

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Mission Color.

A Success Habit?

I made it a habit years ago to ruthlessly limit my exposure to junk, fake and useless news to just 30 minutes a day.

That is more than enough time to get a global perspective on what's going on, process what is being said, and form an opinion.

Think about this.

There are only 1,440 minutes in a day (24 hours x 60 minutes).

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

How to become a lightning rod for miracles.

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best.

If you do the best you can, given the circumstances in which you find yourself, what more is there?


Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

The Golden Key To Life: Focus and Commitment.

To achieve your dreams... to maintain balance in the heat of the battle... to know that you have done the best you could given the circumstances you faced... requires you to focus on the important, and not be consumed by the urgent.

This is a major driver of success, both personally and professionally. It is not hard to focus, if you know what's important to you, and what's not.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Are you proud of what you have accomplished...

For the next two weeks, we will be discussing the "flip side" of Will Power: Peace of Mind.

As those of you who have read The Power of TQ know, my definition of success is simply this: "The peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best."

As General Patton says, if you do your best, what more is there?

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Gratitude and Appreciation: A Powerful...

This week, in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend, we will be discussing how showing thanks and appreciation, in everyday terms, enhances your ability to live what you value most.

If you are not GETTING what you want out of life, maybe you're not GIVING enough to it.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

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