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Want To Get Out Of The Mail Room?

When going through the mail, don't put any piece down until you make a decision on what action you need to take. The key is to take some kind of action on every piece.

Take action on all of your mail at one time. That means respond now, delegate now, read and file now, decide now or throw it away . . . now!

Today's TQ Challenge: Make Paper Work Productive Work.

  1. Choose to be PROMPT! How many times did you handle your last piece of mail without making a decision?

  2. Choose to be DILIGENT! What will be your self-imposed penalty for handling any piece of mail without making a decision on it?

  3. Choose to be TIMELY! Have you designed a mail-processing system and implemented it yet?

Paperwork (a.k.a. letters, faxes, e-mails, forms, bills, newsletters, invoices, travel receipts, memos, contracts, proposals, time cards, budgets, reports, taxes -- all that stuff that you have to deal with) has to be completed. It has a purpose and a benefit. So organize it once and conquer it! Create a system. Sign it, send it on, file it or do whatever is needed to complete it productively with the least time and effort on your part.

"If at first you don't succeed; you are running about average." ~ M. H. Alderson

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



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If You Don't Like What You See, Start Over.

There are two ways to make a significant shift in your life. Either modify your values, or alter what your ideal vision looks like. And if you really want to reinvent your life, commit to a new set of values and repaint a major vision for your life.

Your core values and your ideal visions of the perfect life color everything you do. If you want to improve the picture of your life, change your primary colors.

Today's TQ Challenge: Continuously Reinvent Your Life -- Pursue Only the Important.

  1. Choose to be EVOLVING! What ideal characteristic have you always wanted to add to your personal code of conduct?

  2. Choose to be GROWING! Are you happy with the visions you've created for each of your roles right now?

  3. Choose to be EXPANDING! Which of your visions would benefit most from starting over right now?

Life is a constant evolution of preferred ideals. If your life is on track -- and you'll know it by the way you feel -- keep going. But, if you're not satisfied living your current list of values (or pursuing your current visions,) revise them. Make certain that what you value, actually delivers what you want. If you don't like who you are, or where you're going, change your path. It's okay to change your mind -- especially when the change is an improvement.

"You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself." ~ Marcus T. Cicero

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Are You At The Helm Or In The Hold?

When you accept personal responsibility for your current condition, you become empowered to change it, shape it and mold it to become anything you want.

Take responsibility for your life right now. Stop being the victim and start being the master.

Today's TQ Challenge: Take Full Responsibility for How Your Day Works Out.

  1. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! In which areas of your life do you need to take responsibility right now?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! What complaint in your life could be changed by your becoming more responsible for it?

  3. Choose to be SELF-DETERMINED! What's one thing you want to be different in your life, and what's one thing you can do to bring it about?

You are responsible for where you are right now. This doesn't mean you caused everything that's happened to you prior to this point in time. But in each moment, you can choose how you're going to react and what you are going to do from this moment forward. If your attitude, actions or situations are not what you want, take charge and change them. Don't be a victim of your circumstances. By taking full responsibility for your actions, you retain the power to make the best of your circumstances -- before the day is done.

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." ~ George Bernard Shaw

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Can You Hear The Harmonic Convergence?

All of your previous efforts to create a goal, make a plan, and prioritize your work have converged in perfect harmony to get you to this point in life. Take action now, or all the time spent on your other efforts won't mean a thing.

There is only the present. You either act or you don't. Your dreams will be realized or they won't. It's your choice...What's it gonna be?

Today's TQ Challenge: Seize the Day. Turn Each of Your Dreams Into Specific Actions -- Make Each Day an Action Adventure.

  1. Choose to be ADVENTUROUS! What's holding you back right now?

  2. Choose to be BOLD! You know what; you know why; you know how; so what else do you need? When? NOW!

  3. Choose to be PROACTIVE! No matter how big or small -- what step can you take right now to keep the ball rolling?

To achieve your dream, you must act. You are the only one who has the power to transform your dream into a reality. Take action today. You could be a perfect ten on all the other nine colors, but if you're not action-oriented, perfection in those other colors is meaningless. The whole purpose of the other 99 factors comes down to this one. This is the Factor that makes life worth living. Until you stop putting your life on hold -- nothing is going to change. Make your life an action adventure, starting today!

"The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Are You Sure They Got It?

When you're talking with someone, never assume anything. Take a minute at the end of the conversation to make sure the communication was clear. This will save hours of misunderstandings later.

Eliminate the behaviors that waste your time. Never assume anything.

Today's TQ Challenge: Make Every Minute Matter.

  1. Choose to be INDUSTRIOUS! Was everyone clear at the end of your last conversation? How do you know?

  2. Choose to be DILIGENT! At the end of your next conversation, how will you know whether or not you understood each other?

  3. Choose to be AMBITIOUS! Do you ever ask the other person for verification of what was just said?

There are only 1440 minutes in a day. These are the minutes you have to spend on everything you want to get done. There will never be more, no matter how great the desire or need. There can be less when some of these same minutes are wasted on things that produce nothing in return. Time doesn't care how it is used. It moves on regardless of how much progress you make from each passing minute. You can invest your time in important pursuits, achieving desirable personal rewards. Or you can squander the opportunity of a lifetime by wasting the time you have.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~ Lou Holtz

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What Are You Trying To Accomplish?

If you create a shared sense of vision that others also truly value, they'll astound you with their ability and exceed your expectations. They'll do these things, not because they have to, but because they want to.

Dream big, and bring everyone else along with you.

Today's TQ Challenge: Dream Big -- Lead by Example & Inspire True Commitment.

  1. Choose to be INSPIRING! Are the people around you working because they have to, or because they feel inspired to?

  2. Choose to be CHARISMATIC! How can you make each person around you a co-visionary with you?

  3. Choose to be ENCOURAGING! Who's the one person you need to talk to today to share your vision and your purpose?

To be an inspirational leader, you must first be inspired by and absolutely committed to an ideal dream. Whatever the cause, you'll never attract anyone else's interest if it doesn't inspire you first. To be an effective leader, you must learn how to share your vision with others in a way that helps them commit whole-heartedly to the same dream. Inspire others and there's nothing you can't do. Lead by example; share the dream; commit to the cost; and keep hope alive.

"Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader's success. He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively." ~ Norman Allen

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Success is Like an Iceberg. It's What's Below... It's the first day of summer!

A perfect day to think about the cold embrace of the sea.

Today, let's take a look at success from a different perspective. What lies beneath the tip of an iceberg...

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The attention your dreams seek is action.

Last week the theme was on FEAR—and how to live your dreams them rather than permitting fear to destroy them.

This week we are going to talk about the power of cumulative action—keeping your dreams alive and well by giving them the attention they so richly deserve... by taking a successive series of small steps in the direction of your dreams.

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These three thieves, Fear, Uncertainty and...

All last week we did a "refresher course" on Dreaming and Doing.

This week, I want to cover a topic that is a big stopper of BOTH dreaming and doing: FEAR.

If you let them, these three thieves, Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, will rob you of your future.

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A thought on your climb to the top...

Take a moment to reflect back on the last 5 years of your life.

You spent your time. Did you get what you hoped for in return?

In other words, was the climb worth the effort?

    Are you truly fulfilled?Are you financially secure?Do you have the power to create the life you want?

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Are you just living in a dream or living your...

This week, we will be doing a "refresher" course on dreams and dreaming.

Your dreams are critically important in the grand scheme of things—because without them, your life has no future.

Like Richard Bach, I believe that your dreams can come true if you apply sufficient power to make them real. In other words, dreams aren't realized by DREAMING—they are realized by DOING.

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