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What Will It Take For You To Commit?

There are two kinds of goals -- those you set for yourself, and those set for you by others. Make sure you find a way to commit yourself to each.

The key to attaining a goal handed to you by someone else is to find a way to make it yours, too.

Today's TQ Challenge: Share Goals for Mutual Success.

  1. Choose to be SUPPORTIVE! Which type of goal are you working on right now?

  2. Choose to be GIVING! Are you the victim of a delegated project or the champion of a challenging opportunity?

  3. Choose to be COOPERATIVE! What would change if you took ownership of each of your roles or duties and welcomed its part in your life?

Nothing is more powerful than a team of people all focused on the same goal. Dare to share your dreams with others. A shared goal is an extremely powerful force -- and a shared cause virtually guarantees success. When your goal benefits a host of other people, motivation and commitment to the goal increases proportionately. When you align your goals with those of others, you dramatically improve the probability of each person's success.

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose -- somehow we win out." ~ Ronald Reagan

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Clear The Way.

Stop. Preview the rest of your day. What's one thing you can do right now so you can get more done later?

Plan ahead. Look for an action you can take right now which will increase your success later on today.

Today's TQ Challenge: Plan at Least One Step Ahead.

  1. Choose to be PREPARED! What can you do now to be better prepared for an activity later today?

  2. Choose to be FORESIGHTFUL! Look ahead. Is there anything you can do now to get more done tomorrow?

  3. Choose to be EFFICIENT! Will one phone call or task right now help you glide through the rest of your day?

The more you plan ahead, the more you accomplish in the time you have. Planning ahead is a skill that applies equally to your next move, your next task, your next day and your next year. When you look ahead to where you want to go, you can determine in advance what you are going to do, what you're going to need to effectively do it -- and identify the shortest route to get it done.

"It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do." ~ John R. Amos

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Are You Constantly Sidetracked?

Short-term goals are likely to be interrupted by unexpected developments. Staying focused on your destination and flexible with your plans will help you overcome demoralizing sidetracks.

"In the long run men hit only what they aim at." - Thoreau

Today's TQ Challenge: Remain Focused on Preplanned Priorities.

  1. Choose to be RESPONSIVE! Where are you now, in relation to your destination?

  2. Choose to be PREDETERMINED! What roadblocks loom between where you are right now and your destination?

  3. Choose to be FOCUSED! What adjustments can you make in the next 2 weeks to bring you closer to your target?

Urgencies are a fact of life. There will always be emergencies that demand your attention. The key is to handle them without getting pulled off course from your preplanned priorities. You are never the most productive when you are continuously enmeshed in low value, time consuming urgencies. Time spent improving your systems -- and planning ahead to prevent low-grade urgencies -- is a wiser investment than time spent administering emergency relief.

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

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Got A Second?

Drop-in visits are hard to resist. They can, however, be a major time waster. The average drop-in visit lasts longer than it should, and it may take you even longer to resume your concentration once the visit is over.

To visit or not to visit, that is the question. Your priorities are the answer.

Today's TQ Challenge: Prevent Interruptions BEFORE They Occur.

  1. Choose to be TIMELY! Because you want to make every minute count, how will you reschedule these visits?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! What percentage of your "drop-ins" are productive?

  3. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! Some visits are very important; some aren't. Do you know how to determine one from the other?

You're the one who decides how your time is spent. When you allow outside forces to keep you from completing the task at hand, you have no one to blame but yourself. Does a day like this ever happen to you? A great start, then -- interruptions -- back to plans -- interruptions -- waylaid plans -- frustration -- day's over -- time's up. Review your goals and stay focused. Reach an agreement on the priority of any task discussed. Uncontrolled interruptions can steal your entire day if you let them.

"There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that's important." ~ Ruth Ross

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That Was How Many Of What, By When?

To remember important items after you've finished a conversation, routinely make a note of what was covered and put it in your file.

Documentation preserves your reputation and information. Make it a routine to write it down.

Today's TQ Challenge: Create Efficient Routines -- Stick To Them.

  1. Choose to be SYSTEMATIC! How often do you make a point of writing down important information while you talk on the phone?

  2. Choose to be ORDERLY! How do you look when you have to call back for information that was already given to you?

  3. Choose to be PROCEDURAL! Do you keep pen and paper close to your phones?

A routine is a series of actions that are performed the same way every time -- usually at the same time. Routines ensure that every important action or step in a process will always be completed without fail. Make it a habit to do the right thing the right way -- every time, and you'll become vastly more productive.

"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts." ~ Booker T. Washington

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Are You Ready For Tomorrow?

Write down today what you need to do tomorrow and determine a time when you'll do it.

Schedule the start of all of the items on tomorrow's To Do List. Then, adhere to your schedule.

Today's TQ Challenge: Don't Wait -- Schedule It Now!

  1. Choose to be DEDICATED! Do you schedule start times and intermediate steps as well as deadlines?

  2. Choose to be SELF-DETERMINED! By making a schedule for the items on your list, can you determine if your time is realistic or not?

  3. Choose to be DILIGENT! What To-Do item needs a start time?

The steps in your plan never schedule themselves. They don't automatically show up as the next thing to do. If you want to move your plans ahead, write each action step as an appointment in your calendar -- and dedicate an appropriate amount of time to get it done. If you don't reserve time for step-by-step planning in advance, everything else in your life will fill up the available time slots -- and your plans will never get completed.

"It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings." ~ Ernest Hemingway

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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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Success Means Different Things to Different People Some people see lots of travel, long walks on the beaches or thrilling hikes in the mountains.

Others see a beautiful home, a garage full of cars, and the time to work on them.

Yet others see relationships as their measure of success. What have they given to the people they love the most?

Regardless of how you see it, you see it in your own mind's eye. No one can tell you if what you want is right for you or not.

The good news is that you get to choose!

Please take a moment to think about this. Are you as successful — right now — as you want... as you hoped to be by now?

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Do you have the WILL to succeed?

This week, we will be discussing The Will to Succeed... the pure determination necessary to triumph over fear, uncertainty and doubt as you move towards your most cherished dreams and goals.

No question, Will Power beats Can't Power every time!

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