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Breathe Life Back Into Dead Time.

Waiting time doesn't have to be wasted time. You can double up this dead time with a task, such as reading or writing thank-you notes. Find mini-activities you can begin and finish while you're waiting.

You may have to wait, but you don't have to waste.

Today's TQ Challenge: Seek to Double Results -- Ask "What Else Now?"

  1. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! What did you do the last time you were kept waiting?

  2. Choose to be EFFICIENT! When you're waiting, do you see red, or do you see an opportunity?

  3. Choose to be PROLIFIC! If you think there might be a wait involved, how will you make sure you are prepared to use it productively.

You don't have to double your speed to double your productivity. Instead, you can increase your results by combining complimentary tasks, projects or roles. Plan ahead and look for ways to maximize your time. Before you proceed, see if there is anything else you could be doing simultaneously. When you find a way to do two things in the same block of time you achieve twice the results -- with little additional effort.

"Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal." ~ Don Shula

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

Are Your "Wants" In Conflict -- Or Just Your...

To resolve a conflict, first make sure you understand clearly what you want and what the other person wants. Focus on mutually acceptable solutions. Then, brainstorm methods to arrive at one of these solutions.

It is far easier to work with people than against them. Seek areas of mutual agreement; and from there, work toward a mutually accepted solution. In a word: EMPATHIZE!

Today's TQ Challenge: Make it Easy for Others to Help.

  1. Choose to be THOUGHTFUL! What's the first thing you can agree on today with a troublesome person?

  2. Choose to be CONSIDERATE! Do you visualize the other people's perspectives well enough to understand why they have the goals they do?

  3. Choose to be APPRECIATIVE! To resolve a conflict, begin in agreement. What is it that you both want?

It's your responsibility to make it as easy -- and as fun as possible -- for others to help you. When you do, more people will show up, and once they arrive, will provide greater assistance than if you make it difficult. First, be clear what needs to be done. Articulate your requests with the greatest detail possible. Then, identify and eliminate any barriers that may prevent others from doing their level best to help you.

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." ~ Arthur Ashe

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

Do You Give Your Priorities The Time They Deserve?

To become more effective, treat your important tasks as though they were urgent, whether they are or not.

Urgency is what acts on you. You, however, must act on what's important.

Today's TQ Challenge: Make Time for What You Want.

  1. Choose to be DEDICATED! Which of your top priorities have you addressed so far today?

  2. Choose to be FULFILLED! What can you do, right now, to add urgency to your top goal?

  3. Choose to be SATISFIED! Why not schedule what's most important to you in permanent ink, and then highlight it as a further reminder to act on it?

You will never magically have more time for what you want. If you want to spend more time on what's most important to you, you have to make the time. You must learn to carve out "prime" time from all the other demands in your life. It really comes down to this, "How much do you want it?" When you focus your time on what's most rewarding to you, your life will be more fulfilling.

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." ~ Vince Lombardi

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Grab A Pen...

Make the impossible possible by breaking it down into simple, "do-able" steps. The best way to overcome feeling overwhelmed is to think it out on paper. Write down every action step necessary for doing the job.

Yard by yard, it's mighty hard, but inch by inch, it's a cinch.

Today's TQ Challenge: Get More Specific About WHO, WHAT & HOW -- Now!

  1. Choose to be DETAIL-ORIENTED! Are you feeling overwhelmed today? Are you following a step by step plan?

  2. Choose to be METHODICAL! What are the necessary action steps required to achieve major objectives for your "impossible" projects?

  3. Choose to be WELL-PREPARED! You can do it! Start by writing down the most obvious major objectives needed.

Every goal -- regardless of how complex or difficult -- is nothing more than a series of steps that must be completed along a path, from one objective to another. A written plan includes all of the critical objectives that must be met to be successful. It also provides the step-by-step instructions for the actions that must be taken, and the resources that must be available, to reach each objective. With a clear set of instructions, you can go anywhere and achieve anything you want -- one "do-able" step at a time.

"Ability is of little account without opportunity." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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Are You Starting To Fade?

Stand and stretch! Make it a ritual throughout your day to stand and stretch several times for quick energy "pick me ups."

Every time someone puts you on hold, stand up and stretch until that person returns on line. Short exercises go a long way towards keeping your energy level up.

Today's TQ Challenge: Watch Posture -- Move About Energetically -- Listen to Your Body.

  1. Choose to be ENERGETIC! How long have you been sitting without a break today?

  2. Choose to be DYNAMIC! Why not stop to stretch every hour on the hour?

  3. Choose to be VIVACIOUS! What could you use as a cue to remind you to "stand, stretch and breathe?"

There's a direct connection between your physiology, your energy level and success. Whenever your body movements become lethargic, or your posture begins to slump, you automatically slow down -- both mentally and physically. Assume a powerful, self-assured position and you'll instantly feel more energetic. Move about quickly, and your enthusiasm naturally increases. Take deep breaths to get oxygen to your system and life to your spirits. Stand tall, and gain the confidence to proceed.

"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us." ~ Earl Nightingale

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Are Some Changes In Order For Your Life?

Become the kind of person you've always wanted to be. Visualize what this type of person is like, then start being that way.

Make everything you do a demonstration of who you want to be.

Today's TQ Challenge: Repeat "I Can Do This!" Believe It.

  1. Choose to be SELF-ASSURED! What kind of people do you want in your life?

  2. Choose to be CONFIDENT! What qualities do you admire most in others?

  3. Choose to be PROACTIVE! What kind of person do you want to become? Can you visualize who that person is right now?

Your internal identity controls all of your actions and reactions. If you think of yourself as capable, enthusiastic and committed, you will act with confidence and determination. If you don't, you won't. There's no truth about who you are. There is no preordained way you must think of yourself. You are not born with beliefs; you acquire them. You have the power to redefine your identity anyway you want. So, substitute positive characteristics for negative ones, and start living those from now on.

"Every successful man I have heard of has done the best he could with conditions as he found them..." ~ Edgar Watson Howe

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

What on Earth are you here for? To live your...

Study Today's Quote carefully. It offers profound insight.

James Allen was born in 1864 and died in 1912, but continues to inspire millions with his incredible writings.

I thought it interesting, indeed appropriate, to start this week of Passion, Purpose and Mission with an "early take" on the idea of success, spirituality and power.

Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us; and we are the architects—for better or worse—of our futures.

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What does it take to win? Attitude!

How you approach life determines if you will ultimately succeed... or fail to produce the results you want.

Think a moment about what it takes to actually WIN the Tour de France.

What puts winners ahead of the pack? From my perspective, it is outstanding TQ performance!

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What does it take for you to be a winner?

All last week I asked what's holding you back from realizing your greatest aspirations... from WINNING the game of success... day in, day out?

This week, we will focus on unleashing the winner within, giving you the Principles of Winning!

What does WINNING mean?

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Why procrastinate? You are throwing away your...

So, what's holding you back from actually winning the game of success... realizing your greatest aspirations?

Are you just dabbling at it... or giving it everything you've got?

This week, we are going to tackle PROCRASTINATION—a word that causes most of us a tremendous amount of grief—and keeps us from consistently doing things at the Right Time... if at all.

According to American Heritage, PROCRASTINATION is...

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4 Steps to Move from Scarcity and Fear to... If you're stuck at Anxiety, Stress, Fear and Sacrifice, the next step up is...

Excellence, Accomplishment and Mastery.

This is where you further your journey by unconditionally committing to excellence and turn your gifts and talents into high-level skills.

Master these skills, taking them to an elite level of performance, and you move up to...

Abundance, Freedom and Security.

The freedom to do what you want, when you want, with whomever you want, and whenever you want. This leads to that feeling of security and abundance you crave.

This, of course, leads to true wealth, a life of giving and living inside an attitude of gratitude — each and every day.

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