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Are You Hip-Hopping When You Prefer To Waltz?

The more you make and then act on your set of priorities, the more able you are to control the tempo of your life.

Today will be easier -- and more fulfilling -- when you dance to your own tune.

Today's TQ Challenge: Maintain "To-Be-Done" List -- Prioritized by Value.

  1. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! Does today's schedule confirm your priorities?

  2. Choose to be SELF-DIRECTED! Are your rewards showing up fast enough for you?

  3. Choose to be SELECTIVE! How well are you conducting the symphony of your life right now?

A prioritized list of things to do today is your best guide for where you should invest your time. Some of your projects have more value than others. You don't always have time to complete everything on your to-do list. Therefore, before you start your day, rank your entire list by the relative reward of each task. If there are any tasks still remaining at the end of the day, they should be the least important ones -- not the most important.

"If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got." ~ Lee Iacocca

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

Are You On Your List?

Make a list of ways you'd like to reward yourself. List novel things, such as special lunches, taking in a movie matinee, day trips you'd like to take, etc. When you need a reward, you'll know right where to look.

As you think of things you'd like to try or do, such as going to that new restaurant that just opened, add them to your reward file.

Today's TQ Challenge: Create a Unique Place for Everything.

  1. Choose to be SYSTEMATIC! What are some enjoyable activities you've been meaning to do?

  2. Choose to be ORDERLY! Where could you increase motivation by linking things you like with things you need to get done?

  3. Choose to be EXPEDIENT! What have you done today that deserves a reward?

Create a unique place for everything, and you'll always know where to find it. It takes less time to put something away than it does to look for it. Create a file -- a folder, a database, a labeled shoe box, a filing cabinet, a separate drawer, a duffel bag, a tool box -- for every person, project, role or client. This will give you one convenient place to locate all relevant materials or information as you need it. Keep it simple. Keep it separate. Keep it up.

"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time." ~ Joe Girard

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

What's In Your Daily Lexicon?

The words you use build your experience of life. When you consciously choose to speak positively you then purposely assign positive experiences for every event in your life.

Whether you say you can't, or say you can, you're right!So, what's it going to be? IT'S your choice!

Today's TQ Challenge: Speak Enthusiastically -- Motivate and Inspire.

  1. Choose to be MOTIVATIONAL! If you finish first in a two person race, do you describe yourself as a winner, or do you speak as though you came in next to last?

  2. Choose to be INSPIRATIONAL! Are your words currently shaping a positive interpretation of your day?

  3. Choose to be SUPPORTIVE! What types of words do other people use around you?

Your speech is a direct link to your emotions. Change one and you'll change the other. Your internal "self-talk" directly affects your expectations, and your expectations govern the way you act. You cannot speak in a negative manner -- and productively focus on what needs to get done at the same time. If you want to think and feel more powerfully, then learn to speak in a way that reflects positive and powerful feelings.

"Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force." ~ Tom Blandi

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

Should Your Door Always Be Open?

To get control of your time, establish "availability hours." During that time, you're available to anybody without an appointment. Anybody can come in and receive your undivided attention.

Regarding the open-door policy: Be available to those who need to see you. But as for the door itself...keep it closed.

Today's TQ Challenge: Create Systems to Maximize Time -- Yours & Others.

  1. Choose to be COURTEOUS! Wouldn't this technique prevent you from being thought of as inaccessible?

  2. Choose to be CONSIDERATE! Won't it improve morale if every person knew when to approach you?

  3. Choose to be RESPECTFUL! Can you set up an availability time today that will work for you, as well as others?

Time spent with others can either be highly productive or barely productive -- depending on how you use your time together. Be honest. In any given day, who wastes whose time the most? Create systems for others to respect your time and you, theirs. When possible, take requests and questions from others in batches and do the same for them. Show your respect for other people's time during phone calls, appointments and meetings. Be prepared and punctual. Value other people's time and they will value yours.

"Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts." ~ Ted W. Engstrom

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

Is It Best To People Your Values Or Value Your...

Good leadership means putting values and people first, and processes and systems second.

A good leader is one who values people first and "stuff" second.

Today's TQ Challenge: Celebrate Diversity -- Include EVERYONE on Your Team.

  1. Choose to be COOPERATIVE! Is putting other people first one of your most important values?

  2. Choose to be APPRECIATIVE! Whenever possible, do you match people to their assignments by their strengths and preferences?

  3. Choose to be SUPPORTIVE! Take a moment to consider your next important decision. What are the criteria you will use to make that decision and who will be affected?

Life is easier when you approach it as if you're on the same team. Whatever the circumstance, whether you're at a dinner party or giving a sales presentation, find a way to see yourself and everyone else as a team. Look for similarities instead of differences. Find out what each person's goal is for each situation. Then discover ways you can be of mutual benefit to each other. Always encourage cooperation. Find a common purpose and reinforce the positive value each person has to offer.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure." ~ Colin Powell

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

Are You Appreciating The Beauty Of This Moment?

When you become too achievement-oriented, you risk forfeiting quality of life to quantity. Take a moment to appreciate the time you have by stepping back frequently to enjoy the beauty here and now.

As you travel along the road of life, pull over frequently to breathe, stretch and enjoy the moment.

Today's TQ Challenge: Give Proper Time to Each Role.

  1. Choose to be BALANCED! In what specific ways have you "enjoyed the moment" in today's hectic schedule?

  2. Choose to be WELL-ROUNDED! What was your appreciation level (1-10) of the last hour?

  3. Choose to be FULFILLED! What needs to happen for you to regain your perspective today?

Like a top spinning out of control, a life without balance will sooner or later crash. A healthy balance means that all of the areas of your life -- your family, friends, career, health, personal time -- receive the attention they deserve, when they need it. You can't ignore a role and, at the same time, feel that it's being fulfilled. On the other hand, the success you achieve in any one role can increase the enthusiasm and enjoyment for the time spent in all the others.

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." ~ Douglas Everett

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