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Are You Being Useful?

Ask yourself constantly, "Is this the best possible use of my time right now?"

Honestly evaluate every single activity today by whether or not it demonstrates how precious you believe each moment to be.

Today's TQ Challenge: Put a Value on Time Invested.

  1. Choose to be VIGILANT! Which of your tasks, today, contributes to attaining one of your objectives for this week?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! Is what you're doing right now essential?

  3. Choose to be WATCHFUL! What is the best use of your time right now?

Time is the most precious gift of all. Ask anyone facing a serious accident or illness, or an important deadline. Ask any parent watching their little girl all grown up and graduating from high school. You must learn how to become accountable for every minute in your day, because each day spent, is a day gone forever. Concentrate your time on only those things that produce the greatest reward and satisfaction to you.

"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Do You Know The Secret Of Kiss?

KISS - Keep It Short and Simple. A short agenda leads to a focused and successful meeting.

Short, simple and to the point. Anything else is the kiss of death for your next meeting.

Today's TQ Challenge: Get Fully Engaged Quickly -- Or Get Out Gracefully.

  1. Choose to be PREPARED! Could this week's meetings have been shorter? Why weren't they?

  2. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! Would your meetings become more productive if you reduced the number of items on the agenda?

  3. Choose to be INVOLVED! How long is the agenda for your next meeting? Can you shorten it?

A meeting can either be valuable and highly productive or a complete waste of time. It all depends on the attitude and the preparation of everyone in the meeting. The key to a successful meeting is a highly focused agenda, advanced preparation, a skilled moderator and follow up on items requested and promises made.

"Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again." ~ Ovid

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What's The Status Of Each Of Your Roles Right Now?

You have a responsibility to all of your roles. When you have a choice, either choose your #1 most important role or focus on the role which needs your personal attention the most right now.

Keep a current list of all your major roles, and review the current status of each before choosing which role to focus on next. The most important role is the one where you can make the greatest positive difference right now.

Today's TQ Challenge: Focus on just ONE Role at a Time.

  1. Choose to be APPROPRIATE! Which one of your roles is most in need of your personal attention right now?

  2. Choose to be EFFECTIVE! Which, if any, of your roles is currently suffering from neglect?

  3. Choose to be ATTENTIVE! Given the time and place, which of your major roles is always playing "second fiddle?" Is that O.K.?

Roles are the parts you play in the different areas of your life. A role includes a specific identity, unique responsibilities and a defined relationship with others. How you act, and what you do, are always dependent on which role you're in at the time. The key is to know which role you are playing -- and to confirm that it's the right one -- at that moment.

"It's how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it." ~ Wieder Marcia

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Are Your Goals Fuzzy Or Finite?

Your goals must be specific and measurable.

Warm fuzzies make good pets -- not good goals.

Today's TQ Challenge: Pick up Pen -- Write Out Details.

  1. Choose to be EXPLICIT! What's the specific and measurable goal you are working on right now?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! Have you built specific checkpoints and deadlines into your goal?

  3. Choose to be DETAILED! How will you know when you've accomplished your current goal?

Writing down exactly what you want, and by when, is the first step to success. If you won't commit to writing them down, you'll never do what it takes to reach your goals. Writing your goals in exquisite detail helps define them in your mind -- and provides the exact specifications for what you want to accomplish. The more desirable qualities you add to the goal, the greater will be your satisfaction when you attain it. Be sure to write SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible -- and don't forget a target date. (Because the difference between a dream and a goal is a date!)

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." ~ Laertius Diogenes

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Have You Put It In Writing Yet?

If you haven't written down what's most important to you, at least find the time today to start the list. This will be the most time-productive thing you'll ever do.

Create a file called "most important" and begin a list before you leave today. This list will give clarity to your life and establish firm standards for you to live by.

Today's TQ Challenge: Check Mission Compass -- Align Today's Direction With Core Values.

  1. Choose to be PURPOSEFUL! Where's your list right now? Is it updated and complete?

  2. Choose to be PASSIONATE! Don't you agree that putting what's important on paper is the first step toward making it a reality?

  3. Choose to be COMMITTED! The paper and pencil are calling youÉ

A short list of values is all you need to design a well-lived life. Your values are those ideals such as freedom, beauty, honor, love, wisdom, family or adventure that are more important to you than anything else. A condensed list of values gives clarity to your life and establishes your ideal standards. This list is your best guide to personal and professional satisfaction. Put your list of personal values in writing -- commit it to memory -- and live each word -- each and every day.

"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are." ~ Roy Disney

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Would You Like To Know The Secret Of...

Part of living a healthy life is learning how to relax. Relaxation and recreation are keys to improved energy and increased performance.

Alternate work with periods of relaxation -- and you'll automatically perform more effectively and feel better, too.

Today's TQ Challenge: Schedule Time Off for R & R.

  1. Choose to be RELAXED! Can you relax for a few moments right now?

  2. Choose to be RECHARGED! When would be the most beneficial time of the day for you to relax?

  3. Choose to be REJUVENATED! When could you "pencil in" a few moments in today's schedule to relax?

Everyone has a point of diminishing return. You can't give 100% all of the time. An important component of being energetic is learning how to prioritize some time to let go, relax and get recharged. Manage stress and boost your energy level by taking some valuable time off. The more you play while away from work, the better you perform when you return.

"It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success." ~ David Feherty

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The Key To Sales Success: 5 Verbs and The Truth

Since leaving graduate school, I have been engaged in every kind of selling known to man, woman and child: Simple sales... complex sales... sales to lenders... sales to boards of directors... sales to stakeholders... sales with very long sales cycles... sales with short sales cycles... sales to my friends and family.

Yes, there has been "a whole lot of selling going on" since starting my first business in 1969. I have gotten good at it. I have made millions of dollars doing it.

Today, I will share just 5 Key Words that will make YOU a fortune!

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You will never excel until you connect your... This week, we will be getting VERY personal... asking the truly IMPORTANT questions: Are you actually LIVING what you say you value, or are you consumed by the moment... with no forward movement in the direction of your dreams?

The importance of knowing what you value more than something else is critical to your day-to-day performance. Because until you know what's MOST important, you are spending the only life you have on things that simply don't matter.

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Is Your Life as Meaningful as it Could Be?

It has been said that there are 2 great tragedies in life:

1. Not knowing your PURPOSE ~ why you are here and what you are to be doing with the one life you have to live...

2. Knowing your PURPOSE but not living it each and every day you're alive.

Which is WHY we wrote Success On Purpose.

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Choose EXCELLENCE over MEDIOCRITY and your... Last week we discussed the connection between PERSISTENCE and success. If you are 100% COMMITTED to your personal Mission, and Plans you WILL find a way to achieve the success you desire... if you persist with passion and determination.

If not, you will never live up to your full potential.

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A Word of Encouragement

Today is a GREAT day! You can truly prosper.

All it takes is a single WORD.

You can rise above your circumstances and find the path to your future. Yes, YOU can do it.

All it takes is a single WORD.

I believe in YOU. I know, from personal experience, that you have incredible untapped potential. YOU can release it into the world.

All it takes is a single WORD.

Yes, all it takes is for YOU to become a professional ENCOURAGEMENT machine!

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