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Are You Hiding Out?

Many of your habits help you avoid pain. However, as a trade-off for avoiding pain now, procrastination often ends up causing you more pain in the long run.

Put a star by one tough issue on your agenda, and resolve to take it on today -- no matter what.

Today's TQ Challenge: Do It Now -- Get It Gone.

  1. Choose to be UNDAUNTED! What habit could you install that would move you through your "pain" faster?

  2. Choose to be DILIGENT! What tasks have you been avoiding lately?

  3. Choose to be DISCIPLINED! What one task have you been avoiding that could be added to your To Do List and completed today?

There are few things in this world as empowering as completing an unpleasant task. When confronted with a distressing problem or task, complete it immediately instead of wasting time avoiding it. This relieves your concerns, frees up your attention and allows you to move on to more productive activities. If you know something must be done eventually, get started immediately. Do it right and get it off your back for good.

"The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time." ~ Merrick Furst

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

Got A Ticket To Ride -- Or Read -- Or Write --...

Plan ahead for times when you know you'll be traveling. Take something with you to accomplish en route.

Use travel time to your advantage. Next time, carry a book or report with you to read. You'll increase your productivity and lower your stress.

Today's TQ Challenge: Seek to Double Results -- Ask "What Else Now?"

  1. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! What else could you have been doing on your last trip?

  2. Choose to be EFFICIENT! How can you use your next travel time to become exceptionally prepared for whatever awaits?

  3. Choose to be PROLIFIC! What project could you be working on during your next trip?

You don't have to double your speed to double your productivity. Instead, you can increase your results by combining complimentary tasks, projects or roles. Plan ahead and look for ways to maximize your time. Before you proceed, see if there is anything else you could be doing simultaneously. When you find a way to do two things in the same block of time you achieve twice the results -- with little additional effort.

"Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal." ~ Don Shula

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

Shot Any Messengers Lately?

Correct problems early. In many organizations there's a common fear of being the bearer of bad news, especially among those less established. Prevent this at all costs.

Encourage your people to bring out any problems as soon as possible, so they can be fixed before they get worse.

Today's TQ Challenge: Make it Easy for Others to Help.

  1. Choose to be THOUGHTFUL! How often are you the last to know about a problem that affects you? Why?

  2. Choose to be CONSIDERATE! Do the people you work with know they can survive your reaction to bad news?

  3. Choose to be APPRECIATIVE! How can you encourage your family and friends to be more open about problems that arise, as soon as they arise?

It's your responsibility to make it as easy -- and as fun as possible -- for others to help you. When you do, more people will show up, and once they arrive, will provide greater assistance than if you make it difficult. First, be clear what needs to be done. Articulate your requests with the greatest detail possible. Then, identify and eliminate any barriers that may prevent others from doing their level best to help you.

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." ~ Arthur Ashe

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If You Know What You Should Do, Are You Doing It?

Identify the task or project which will produce the greatest return for your top priority or your most prized role. Then schedule more time into your calendar to do those every week.

Each day schedule something, however small, that brings your most important goals closer.

Today's TQ Challenge: Make Time for What You Want.

  1. Choose to be DEDICATED! If not today, when?

  2. Choose to be FULFILLED! Do you have a deadline for each stage of each of your goals?

  3. Choose to be SATISFIED! If you knew when your "time was up," would it change how you live and work?

You will never magically have more time for what you want. If you want to spend more time on what's most important to you, you have to make the time. You must learn to carve out "prime" time from all the other demands in your life. It really comes down to this, "How much do you want it?" When you focus your time on what's most rewarding to you, your life will be more fulfilling.

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." ~ Vince Lombardi

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Can You Turn That Mountain Into Molehills?

Break it down. Write out everything you need to accomplish the job. Then arrange your steps in a logical, consistent order. Rome wasn't built in a day, and no major project can be accomplished in a single stroke.

Write down the individual milestones that lead toward this month's goals. This will help you plan the sequence of individual steps necessary to attain these goals.

Today's TQ Challenge: Get More Specific About WHO, WHAT & HOW -- Now!

  1. Choose to be DETAIL-ORIENTED! If your current project seems overwhelming, what's the next step, however small, you could plan?

  2. Choose to be METHODICAL! Should any of this month's plans be divided up into smaller steps?

  3. Choose to be WELL-PREPARED! Which of your lifetime plans could be divided up further?

Every goal -- regardless of how complex or difficult -- is nothing more than a series of steps that must be completed along a path, from one objective to another. A written plan includes all of the critical objectives that must be met to be successful. It also provides the step-by-step instructions for the actions that must be taken, and the resources that must be available, to reach each objective. With a clear set of instructions, you can go anywhere and achieve anything you want -- one "do-able" step at a time.

"Ability is of little account without opportunity." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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Can You Project An Extravagant Flourish?

Practice the philosophy of "As If." If you want to feel more energetic, carry yourself "As If" you were.

Pay attention to your physiology. How you sit or stand or move affects how energetic you feel.

Today's TQ Challenge: Watch Posture -- Move About Energetically -- Listen to Your Body.

  1. Choose to be ENERGETIC! Have you ever approached feeling good from the outside in?

  2. Choose to be DYNAMIC! How do you look when you are being energetic? Can you look that way now?

  3. Choose to be VIVACIOUS! Start right now. What's one thing you can do to appear more energetic?

There's a direct connection between your physiology, your energy level and success. Whenever your body movements become lethargic, or your posture begins to slump, you automatically slow down -- both mentally and physically. Assume a powerful, self-assured position and you'll instantly feel more energetic. Move about quickly, and your enthusiasm naturally increases. Take deep breaths to get oxygen to your system and life to your spirits. Stand tall, and gain the confidence to proceed.

"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us." ~ Earl Nightingale

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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?


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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.

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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.

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