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Want A Clean Slate? Got An Eraser?

Keep yourself fresh, aware and tuned in. Take a moment several times each day to empty your mind of all the clutter that's accumulated -- all the petty annoyances and negativity.

As you think, so you act. The more often you can clear your mind, the more productive you will be.

Today's TQ Challenge: Take Frequent Breaks to Stretch, Breathe & Snack.

  1. Choose to be RECHARGED! Has any mental clutter kept you from staying focused today?

  2. Choose to be REJUVENATED! Can you take a moment right now to sweep out any "mental leftovers"?

  3. Choose to be STIMULATED! Where have you focused most of your thought today? Do you need to make a change?

Working for long periods without a break is counter-productive. Pace yourself. Take a five-minute break every hour: stand up, run in place, lift weights or stretch. Take ten deep breaths. Eat a nutritious snack. Drink a large glass of water. Take a short walk. Switch from a mental task to a physical one or vice versa. Then, go back to work energized and recharged.

"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever." ~ Samuel Smiles

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



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Are You Recalling Your Home Runs Or Your...

When you're working toward a goal, boost your confidence by keeping track of your victories, not your failures.

If you want a successful season, focus on your wins rather than your losses.

Today's TQ Challenge: Visualize Tremendous Success.

  1. Choose to be ENTHUSIASTIC! What are your two most recent successes? Any grand slams?

  2. Choose to be INSPIRED! What have you accomplished so far, in connection with the goal you're currently working toward today?

  3. Choose to be HOPEFUL! How many victories will you celebrate as you leave work tonight?

Your motivation to take action increases automatically when you imagine how great it will be when you succeed. The bigger, brighter, more immediate and more personal you can imagine the payoff, the greater your desire to pursue your goals. When you picture failure, you lose motivation to proceed. You focus on avoiding mistakes, rather than striving to do your best. This leads to a reduction in effort -- and an increase in desire -- to avoid a negative outcome.

"There is great treasure there behind our skull and this is true about all of us. This little treasure has great, great powers, and I would say we only have learnt a very, very small part of what it can do." ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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



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Yes, You Can Get There From Here, But Is That...

Be sure that the goals you set will get you where you want to go.

Be certain that your destination is worthy of your journey before you start packing.

Today's TQ Challenge: Keep Goals Aligned with Core Personal Values.

  1. Choose to be DETERMINED! What will your current goals bring you when they're accomplished?

  2. Choose to be PURPOSEFUL! Think again. Will your current goals bring what you truly want?

  3. Choose to be PASSIONATE! Are you sure you'll be satisfied as a result of your current goal's accomplishment? For how long?

Your most powerful and inspiring goals are those that are directly aligned with what you value most. Goals that are aligned with your life's mission are those that bring an ideal personal vision closer to reality. Mission based goals will deliver the greatest sense of pride and satisfaction once accomplished. You can only do so much in the time you have. Therefore, as you establish your goals, put them to the test: How connected are they to what you value most? If they're not -- change them or choose more "value-able" goals.

"Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality." ~ Ralph Marston

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Do You Have A Firm Anchor?

Clarifying your personal code of conduct provides stability and guidance in today's environment of increasing insecurity.

Notice how you feel after a day of relying on your stable core of values.

Today's TQ Challenge: Stay Connected to Your Mission.

  1. Choose to be SELF-GOVERNED! Are you clear and focused every day?

  2. Choose to be DECISIVE! Do your goals and action plans flow from your values-vision-mission?

  3. Choose to be PURPOSEFUL! Are you aware of the link between your mission and what you do on a daily basis?

In the trials and chaos of modern life, you need a set of standards to help guide you through the good times and the bad. The highest and most beneficial set of rules is the one you establish for the preferred way that you want to live. Once you have a list of your most important values, commit to a personal mission statement that declares how you will live what you value. The most basic mission statement is simply this: "I will live a life of... (insert your list of values here)... every day of my life."

"A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams." ~ Simone Weil

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How Are You Spending Your Life?

Your life should be spent on what's most important. It is much too short to be wasted on the trivial.

Take time today to define what's important to your life and what's not.

Today's TQ Challenge: Do More of What You Love.

  1. Choose to be PASSIONATE! If life is a gift, how are you spending yours?

  2. Choose to be DEDICATED! What percent of your time is spent on trivia?

  3. Choose to be DEVOTED! When could you take 10 minutes to simply identify the unimportant matters in your life?

When you are working toward an ideal that comes from the heart, you are naturally motivated and driven to do your best. A thoughtfully created, highly desirable personal mission is guaranteed to make you highly focused, powerful and productive. Act from your deepest values, and they will provide you with direction and satisfaction. Connect and recommit to your mission everyday. If you don't, you're trading the only life you have for things that simply don't matter.

"Whatever you do, don't do it halfway." ~ Bob Beamon

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Hey, What's That On Your Back?

If you know you must do a job eventually, do it now and get it off your back forever!

A task may be uncomfortable to do, but if it's not actually dangerous, forge ahead and get it done ASAP!

Today's TQ Challenge: Do It Now -- Get It Gone.

  1. Choose to be UNDAUNTED! If you put something off, what, if anything, is gained by waiting?

  2. Choose to be DILIGENT! What job or task are you carrying around on your back today?

  3. Choose to be DISCIPLINED! What's one step you can take right now to get an unpleasant task off your back?

There are few things in this world as empowering as completing an unpleasant task. When confronted with a distressing problem or task, complete it immediately instead of wasting time avoiding it. This relieves your concerns, frees up your attention and allows you to move on to more productive activities. If you know something must be done eventually, get started immediately. Do it right and get it off your back for good.

"The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time." ~ Merrick Furst

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



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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).

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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?

Better.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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