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Where Do You Find The Seeds Of Your Future?

It's easy to begin thinking about what you want in your life. Collect your thoughts on paper over several days or weeks. Let these day dreams guide you in setting your personal goals.

Your goals are seeds of possibility for your future. Gather them up and plant them with care.

Today's TQ Challenge: Convert Dreams Into Hard Targets with Specific Milestones.

  1. Choose to be REALISTIC! Where would you like to be 5, 10 or 20 years from now?

  2. Choose to be PROACTIVE! Do you have a journal or favorite binder you could use to write down your personal goals?

  3. Choose to be EXPLICIT! How about writing down what you want, right now? No excuses. Start it today!

You'll never make a dream real until you have something specific to aim at. There is no way you can plan for -- to say nothing of work toward -- a "better life." You can, however, stipulate a list of conditions that would define a better life. Each of those items can then be made into a precise target you can aim for, and immediately begin to work towards. So, dream your dreams, then identify specific examples in the real world that best represent the desired qualities of your dream. Once you do this, you'll be well on your way to creating that "better life" you desire.

"In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are." ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

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

Where Are You On Your Time Line?

When you review your personal productivity history, what does your Time Line reflect: Clear Expectations Executed upon Brilliantly... or Fuzzy Expectations with little power to Execute? Somewhere in between?

The first step in gaining power over Time is to know precisely where you stand. If you don't have a clue where your Time went, you will never live up to your full potential.

Today's TQ Challenge: Keep Your Time Log Current.

  1. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! Looking back on your last 10 years, did you achieve your dreams?

  2. Choose to be MINDFUL! Today was Someday 5 years ago. Did you attain what you promised yourself "Someday?"

  3. Choose to be VIGILANT! History is built one minute at a time. Can you look back on your personal history and see where each of your minutes were invested?

It's hard to think back and determine if you used your time well or not. Your evaluation may be too fuzzy and subjective to be reliable. However, an accurately kept time log will show you exactly how you invested your time -- and if it was a profitable investment. You can count the hours, review your results and see what you really got in trade. Once you know where you receive the greatest return, you can invest your time more wisely. Once you see where your time is wasted, you can learn to be more efficient.

"We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

Is It Time For A New Tack?

Let go of the "way I've always done it" mentality. That one phrase will handicap your future progress by closing off any innovations and improvements.

Take just one current task and ask yourself, "Is there a better way?" By looking, you just might find a way that will surpass anything you've done in the past.

Today's TQ Challenge: Embrace Change -- Grow With the Flow.

  1. Choose to be PROGRESSIVE! What other ways could you be doing your present task? How would they be better?

  2. Choose to be GROWING! Are your automatic routines as effective and efficient as they've always been?

  3. Choose to be FLEXIBLE! Which of your old routines should you either abandon or completely revamp today?

There are no limits to who you can become. The only constant is change -- and the only way to keep up with change is to learn and grow. The more you learn and grow, the more progressive and effective you'll become. Keep expanding your possibilities by being open and receptive to new ideas. If you're not constantly improving your learning power, you're falling farther behind -- and your earning power may be falling even faster.

"People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves." ~ Tryon Edwards

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

Do You Have An Organization Mission Statement?

An organization's mission statement provides meaning in your work by involving you in something bigger than your individual task or job.

A mission statement gives everyone something greater to work for. Begin this week to make your organization's mission statement a part of your organization's work.

Today's TQ Challenge: Establish the Role You will Play to Achieve Your Dreams.

  1. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! Does your organization have a mission statement known and understood by everyone in your organization?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! If you don't have a mission statement, who's the best person in your organization to champion the development of one?

  3. Choose to be DEPENDABLE! Would a mission statement be important enough to start on today?

Every role -- every part you play -- deserves its own dedicated mission. Define what's most important to you in each role and make that your mission for the role. Nothing is more powerful than clearly identifying the contribution you will make to guarantee that each of your visions will come true. When you promise yourself, "This is what I will do," you define the roles that will make the biggest difference in your life.

"We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs." ~ Gloria Steinem

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

Do You Need To Motivate Your Motivation?

Learn how to keep your motivation up. The push can be positive, as in the creation of a big reward; or it can be negative, as in identifying the dire consequences of not succeeding at what you do.

Ignite your actions with imagination. Create an additional incentive for every task until you succeed at all you do.

Today's TQ Challenge: Persist With Passion Until the Desired Results are Attained.

  1. Choose to be PERSISTENT! Can you create a negative incentive to get you moving right now?

  2. Choose to be TENACIOUS! What would be a positive reward for getting started on your next task?

  3. Choose to be DETERMINED! What unbelievable, terrible, outrageously embarrassing thing could happen if you don't get started on your next task?

Setting a goal is never enough. To reach your goal, you must continue to take whatever actions are necessary until you finally succeed. While success is never guaranteed, if you don't persevere to the end, it will never come your way. Of all the skills to master, determination and persistence are two of the most important. You can have a perfect game plan but if you lack persistence, you may as well forfeit the game before you even start to play.

"Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it." ~ Irving Berlin

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

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.

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).

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

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?

Read this article at ThinkTQ.com.

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.

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