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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.

Who's In Charge Here?

If you want to change your life, you first must take responsibility for the way it is right now and stop being a victim of circumstances.

When you declare yourself responsible for your life, you put the power back where it rightfully belongs -- in your own hands!

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

  1. Choose to be RESPONSIBLE! How accountable are you right now for each of your life's roles?

  2. Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE! Are you willing to promise to never be a victim again?

  3. Choose to be SELF-DETERMINED! Are you tired of walking around with that sign on your back saying... "Kick Me -- I'm a Victim!"? What will it take for you to remove the sign? Who can you ask to help?

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

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

Do You Know What To Do Next?

When you become your purpose, decisions are easy. The way is obvious. You simply do whatever it takes.

Make this day an action adventure you'll be proud of!

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! Have you ever been committed to a purpose? Are you now? What is it?

  2. Choose to be BOLD! Do you find choices difficult when you haven't put them in the context of your goals?

  3. Choose to be PROACTIVE! Can you align today's schedule with what you find truly purposeful?

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

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Act Now 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 Oct 31, 2020 19:00:25pm.
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