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What Is A Goal Statement?

A Goal Statement is the expression of a destination and a deadline.

Declaring what you want, and by when, is the first step toward getting it. Attach a destination and a deadline to everything you do today.

Today's TQ Challenge: Pick up Pen -- Write Out Details.

  1. Choose to be EXPLICIT! Is each of your goals expressed on paper as a concrete destination with a specific deadline?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! Which of your goals do not have a "by when" as a part of their written statement?

  3. Choose to be DETAILED! Do all of this week's goal statements include completion dates?

Writing down exactly what you want, and by when, is the first step to success. If you won't commit to writing them down, you'll never do what it takes to reach your goals. Writing your goals in exquisite detail helps define them in your mind -- and provides the exact specifications for what you want to accomplish. The more desirable qualities you add to the goal, the greater will be your satisfaction when you attain it. Be sure to write SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Tangible -- and don't forget a target date. (Because the difference between a dream and a goal is a date!)

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." ~ Laertius Diogenes

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

What Are The Ideals You Live By?

Values and ideals are similar. When determining your values, look toward the ideals you've always held. Use these to help specify your list of guiding values.

Examining your ideals gives you insight into your most heartfelt values.

Today's TQ Challenge: Check Mission Compass -- Align Today's Direction With Core Values.

  1. Choose to be PURPOSEFUL! What are some of your highest ideals?

  2. Choose to be PASSIONATE! Who's your hero or heroine? What values do they exhibit?

  3. Choose to be COMMITTED! What are the personal qualities you feel are most honorable?

A short list of values is all you need to design a well-lived life. Your values are those ideals such as freedom, beauty, honor, love, wisdom, family or adventure that are more important to you than anything else. A condensed list of values gives clarity to your life and establishes your ideal standards. This list is your best guide to personal and professional satisfaction. Put your list of personal values in writing -- commit it to memory -- and live each word -- each and every day.

"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are." ~ Roy Disney

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

Do You Have Something To Look Forward To This...

Plan for fun each weekend -- even if it's only an hour or two. Balance your work week with pleasant diversions in order to avoid burnout and feel recharged when you return.

Shorten the delay for gratification -- plan gratifying activities as often as possible.

Today's TQ Challenge: Schedule Time Off for R & R.

  1. Choose to be RELAXED! What do you have planned for this weekend?

  2. Choose to be RECHARGED! What was the last book you read, movie you saw, game you played or meal you ate out?

  3. Choose to be REJUVENATED! When today can you schedule your next weekend adventure?

Everyone has a point of diminishing return. You can't give 100% all of the time. An important component of being energetic is learning how to prioritize some time to let go, relax and get recharged. Manage stress and boost your energy level by taking some valuable time off. The more you play while away from work, the better you perform when you return.

"It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success." ~ David Feherty

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

Whose Opinion Matters, Anyway?

Don't ignore anything anyone says. Listen to and get feedback from everyone: customers, suppliers, employees, affiliates, vendors and investors. Each person's opinion has a potential impact on your work and your success.

Take the time this week to find out what your other "team members" have to say.

Today's TQ Challenge: Bring Out The Best In Everyone.

  1. Choose to be RESPECTFUL! When you listen carefully to other people's viewpoints, how does this affect your own?

  2. Choose to be PERCEPTIVE! Whose potentially valuable opinion have you been ignoring recently?

  3. Choose to be EMPATHETIC! The next time you're flooded with customers' responses and co-workers' opinions, how will you take advantage of it?

No one can do it all. No one knows it all. We all need each other's help. There is so much to be gained from the knowledge, experience and unique perspectives that others can bring to your projects. Discover the unique talents of everyone you meet, and respect each person for what they have to offer. Never take the benefit or value of the other person for granted. Never.

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them." ~ Ann Landers

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

Can You Make It Fly?

Reward yourself as you cut a timely swath through the paperwork jungle. Hit the hardest jobs first. Remember: When the paper isn't going anywhere, neither are you.

Nobody ever made a dime on paperwork. But people have saved millions completing the right forms correctly and on time.

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

  1. Choose to be PROMPT! What's the hardest paperwork task in front of you today?

  2. Choose to be DILIGENT! What will you do to get started on your necessary paperwork, and get it out of the way for more productive work?

  3. Choose to be TIMELY! If the paper is part of the process, why not give it the credit and the attention it deserves?

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.

Is Your Life A Journey Or An Event?

Continuously refer to your values and don't be afraid to revise or reorder them. Life's a journey. You'll learn as you go.

It's okay to change your mind. It's even more helpful when the change is improvement.

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

  1. Choose to be EVOLVING! Have you reviewed your list of values recently?

  2. Choose to be GROWING! Are your goals and values still in harmony with each other?

  3. Choose to be EXPANDING! Have you noticed that some things are just not as important to you as they once were?

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

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

Articles last updated at Apr 21, 2018 11:14:46am.
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