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What Do You Do When You Can't Agree?

When you're talking with others and you just can't agree, put yourself in their shoes. Discuss it until you understand their viewpoint as well as they do. Then, come up with mutual solutions.

It's not enough to be UNDERSTOOD. You must first make the effort to UNDERSTAND.

Today's TQ Challenge: Celebrate Diversity -- Include EVERYONE on Your Team.

  1. Choose to be COOPERATIVE! In what instances will doing this improve your interpersonal relationships?

  2. Choose to be APPRECIATIVE! Won't improving your communication skills in this way help you grow personally? Professionally? Financially?

  3. Choose to be SUPPORTIVE! Do you have a friendly adversary you can practice this on?

Life is easier when you approach it as if you're on the same team. Whatever the circumstance, whether you're at a dinner party or giving a sales presentation, find a way to see yourself and everyone else as a team. Look for similarities instead of differences. Find out what each person's goal is for each situation. Then discover ways you can be of mutual benefit to each other. Always encourage cooperation. Find a common purpose and reinforce the positive value each person has to offer.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure." ~ Colin Powell

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

Missing Any Roles Lately?

A need to balance your roles occurs whenever one role is in need of attention, but not getting it. You must monitor the health of each of your roles -- even when you're busy somewhere else.

Being absent from a role does not release you from its care. If it's your role, it's your responsibility.

Today's TQ Challenge: Give Proper Time to Each Role.

  1. Choose to be BALANCED! Are all of your roles in good health right now?

  2. Choose to be WELL-ROUNDED! Are any of your roles in need of attention right now, but not getting it?

  3. Choose to be FULFILLED! Which of your roles is your weakest link right now? Why?

Like a top spinning out of control, a life without balance will sooner or later crash. A healthy balance means that all of the areas of your life -- your family, friends, career, health, personal time -- receive the attention they deserve, when they need it. You can't ignore a role and, at the same time, feel that it's being fulfilled. On the other hand, the success you achieve in any one role can increase the enthusiasm and enjoyment for the time spent in all the others.

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." ~ Douglas Everett

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

How Many Reasons Do You Need?

If you do not have the sustained physical energy level to be at the top of your game each day, here's some simple, but highly effective advice: Create a long list of reasons why you should eat correctly. Do it for:

  • Greater self-confidence...
  • Advancement of your career...
  • Feeling more productive after work...
  • Fewer medical bills...
  • Better appearance...
  • For your loved ones...

The longer the list, the greater your WILL power. The greater your WILL power, the more likely you WILL achieve the Results you want.

Quick fixes are really slow destroyers; caffeine and candy are no substitute for nutritious fuels.

Today's TQ Challenge: Eat Healthy -- Avoid Quick-Hits.

  1. Choose to be STEADY! How many reasons to eat correctly can you list?

  2. Choose to be CONSISTENT! Is your list of reasons to eat correctly longer than your list of reasons not to?

  3. Choose to be SUSTAINED! What else could you accomplish today if you had more energy?

The food you eat can either fuel you all day long, or fool you with a quick power surge. You need energy for the entire day -- not just the next few hours. Does what you eat or drink keep you going strong, or do you have a big slump afterwards? Get off the energy roller coaster by keeping your energy level steady. Find out which foods give you the strongest burn for the longest time, and change your diet accordingly.

"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves -- to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today." ~ Stewart B. Johnson

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

Want To Speed Up Your Productivity?

FACT: Productivity accelerates in direct proportion to how quickly you complete each small step of the larger overall process.

Think about it. Major jobs are made up of small steps. The faster you finish each small step, the sooner you'll complete the entire project. (Yes, this is basic but prophetic.)

Today's TQ Challenge: Simplify The Complex to Immediately "Do-Able" Steps.

  1. Choose to be SELF-INITIATED! Have you ever identified the individual steps required in your most important PROCESSES?

  2. Choose to be ADEPT! Which steps in your most important PROCEDURES could you speed up?

  3. Choose to be INDUSTRIOUS! How can you speed up your NEXT step?

You will always produce better results, personally and professionally, when you break large tasks into a sequence of immediately "do-able" actions. When seen in their entirety, complex projects appear too overwhelming. However, even the most complex task is only a sequence of smaller, "do-able" steps that can be taken one at a time. Isolate the individual steps, and begin them right away.

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." ~ Carl Sandburg

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

Are You Staying Focused?

Concentrate your effort. Always have a NUMBER ONE goal, and stick with it until you are successful.

Maximize your focus, power and effectiveness by sticking to a single goal and turning aside all interference for the rest of the day.

Today's TQ Challenge: Preview ALL Goals -- Choose Most Rewarding to Focus on Each Week.

  1. Choose to be SELECTIVE! What's your number ONE goal right now?

  2. Choose to be DELIBERATE! If there's ONE thing that always diverts your efforts, what is it?

  3. Choose to be FOCUSED! How far could you go if you applied massive, focused effort on just ONE thing at a time?

You can't work on all of your goals at the same time. However, you can remain accountable to all of them by reviewing each one -- at least once a week. Compare how important and time-sensitive each goal is to the others. Then make a deliberate choice for what you will work on, and what must wait until later. By proactively selecting your most important objectives, you establish priorities for the week -- and a clear purpose for your next seven days.

"To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action until the goal is reached. The key is action." ~ Michael Hanson

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

Before You Go ... Is There Anything You've...

When you set out on a long road trip, you plan your route in advance. You consult a map, you take into account mileage, gas, weather and the condition of your car.

It's no different with a goal -- or your life for that matter. Plan your route in advance, and see how smoothly you'll get where you want to go!

The more detailed the plan, the easier the trip.

Today's TQ Challenge: Write Complete Action Plans for Major Goals.

  1. Choose to be WELL-PLANNED! Is today's map detailed enough to keep you on the proper road all day?

  2. Choose to be WELL-PREPARED! What elements must you consider about the transportation system you're using to reach your goal?

  3. Choose to be SELF-DIRECTED! Are you willing to give as much time to planning the rest of your life as you'd give to planning your next vacation?

A goal without a plan is merely a wish without a hope. There is no way you can accomplish something if you don't know how to proceed. Written plans are the essential instructions for how to reach a goal. A plan is simply a detailed map outlining the steps to accomplish your goal as quickly and easily as possible. At a minimum, it includes a complete list of objectives and resource requirements -- all organized in correct chronological order.

"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." ~ Stephen A. Brennan

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