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Dare It To Scare You.

Discomfort, problems and comfort zones are only perceptions; they aren't immutable Truths. As you continue to succeed at difficult items on your priority list, your perceptions of what is possible and what is not will change.

The items on your priority list are there for a reason. Focus on your objective rather than your "discomfort."

Today's TQ Challenge: Do What's Important Next -- Regardless of Difficulty.

  1. Choose to be DISCIPLINED! What's the next uncomfortable step on your priority list?

  2. Choose to be DEDICATED! Have you developed a trail-blazer's attitude yet?

  3. Choose to be SELF-CONTROLLED! What uncomfortable step are you committed to take today?

The next item on your prioritized list of things to do needs to be promptly completed -- or it wouldn't be on your list in the first place. Don't go around it. You waste time and energy when you avoid doing what you know you should do. Arrange items on your to-do list in order of importance, then start at the top and work down. Make it a rule: never purposely skip an item just because you don't feel like doing it.

"Take a lesson from the mosquito. She never waits for an opening -- she makes one." ~ Kirk Kirkpatrick

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

Do You Put Your Checklists To Work For You?

Create a checklist for the work you do by listing your steps from beginning to end. Then use the checklist to keep track of where you are and what you will do next.

Even Santa has a list. Make your list and check it twice.

Today's TQ Challenge: Minimize Mistakes by Following Checklists.

  1. Choose to be THOROUGH! If you're not following a checklist, what are you following?

  2. Choose to be METHODICAL! Sure it takes discipline to follow a list; but what does it take to fix a mistake?

  3. Choose to be CONSCIENTIOUS! Which areas of your life will you make more efficient and effective by creating checklists?

Everybody makes mistakes. That's okay. But repeating the same kind of mistakes is not. Checklists are lifesavers when it comes to getting everything done correctly the first time. Ever gone camping without matches? Taken a sales order without turning it in? Held a meeting, but forgot to inform a key participant? Checklists are easy to create and simple to complete. Just make a list of all of the crucial elements that must be completed to be successful. Next, work your way down through the list -- item-by-item.

"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well." ~ John W. Gardner

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

Can You Rechannel The Dark Side?

Fear, guilt, insecurity, anger, frustration and worry. They all have their own energy. Put this "negative energy" to good use by taking every possible action to guarantee that you can't fail.

Negative emotions can provide a powerful impetus to succeed. Let them motivate you to take every action possible so that you don't fail.

Today's TQ Challenge: Use FEAR as a Call to Immediate ACTION... Conquer that Fear by Expanding Your Comfort Zone.

  1. Choose to be COURAGEOUS! Are you feeling any negative emotions right now? About what exactly?

  2. Choose to be UNDAUNTED! What positive result can you create from any "negative feelings" you have right now?

  3. Choose to be BOLD! What positive actions can you take before you leave work today to make use of any concerns you might have awaiting you tomorrow?

When you are stopped by fear, you almost always fail. Every type of fear -- physical, emotional or social -- has the beneficial purpose of protecting you from harm. However, this does not mean you must always stop. Remember this: thought directs action. Confirm the value of your goal and the appropriateness of your actions. Then, consciously choose to focus on more productive thoughts. Master this and you can act in spite of your fear -- and continue toward your desired goal.

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" ~ Henry Ford

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Are You Investing Enough Time In Goal Setting?

The more time you invest in setting goals for each of your major interests the more rewarding your life will be when you reach them.

Maximum success never springs from minimizing your goals.

Today's TQ Challenge: Clearly Define the MOST Desired Outcome Possible.

  1. Choose to be FULFILLED! How much time do you invest in goal setting each day? Each week?

  2. Choose to be PURPOSEFUL! If you want an incredible life, why not take the time this week to make incredible goals?

  3. Choose to be WELL-ROUNDED! What's your ultimate goal?

Creating an ideal life, where all of your roles are completely fulfilled, starts with setting clear goals. If you never define what you expect, you will only get what life gives you -- and that may be a whole lot less than what you want. Why leave things to chance? Every major interest and role in your life deserves its own series of goals. Clearly defined goals for each of your roles provides a rewarding direction -- and an ever-present purpose for each area of your life.

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life." ~ Greg Anderson

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

You'd Be Here Now, If Only...

Making every minute count means focusing on the instant, "the now." Give every minute your undivided attention.

When you've planned ahead, you don't have to think about what's next, and you know you're right where you should be at any given moment.

Be here now.

Concentrating on what's at hand is easier when you know in advance what you'll be doing with your other moments too.

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

  1. Choose to be VIGILANT! How focused now are you on what you're doing?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! Are you having trouble focusing because you're concerned with something else? How can you fix this now?

  3. Choose to be WATCHFUL! What would it take for you to value this minute more?

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

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Now's The Time For Action!

After a meeting, produce a written report in the form of an action plan to distribute to the participants. These notes should clearly explain who agreed to do what, and by when.

A meeting to determine action includes an exchange of requests and promises. Document all promises to ensure they are kept.

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

  1. Choose to be PREPARED! How well do you remember all that was agreed upon at your last meeting?

  2. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! For which of your meetings will a written action plan increase the ultimate success of that meeting?

  3. Choose to be INVOLVED! At your next meeting, what needs to be agreed upon, and when does it need to be finished?

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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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?


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?

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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.

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

Articles last updated at Jan 21, 2018 04:43:24am.
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