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How Can You Know What You Don'T Know?

There are times when you really don't know if an idea will work or not. You could burn up a Super Computer running hypothetical permutations or you can test the idea in the real world and find out for sure.

Experience will tell you what you don't know now. Take your best theory and test it.

Today's TQ Challenge: Test New Ideas for Effectiveness.

  1. Choose to be PROACTIVE! What decision have you been agonizing over for too long? Why not test it?

  2. Choose to be PRACTICAL! Thought of any new ideas today? Where could you test it out?

  3. Choose to be PRAGMATIC! What will it cost you to test and see vs. stalling forever and still not knowing?

Making a plan is never enough. You must take action. You can modify your plan as you go, but success depends on your ability to put your plans into action! Stop getting ready to get ready. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% experimentation. Don't wait until the last detail has been determined. Start by putting your plans into action immediately. Test. Observe. Correct. Repeat until you succeed.

"When I am delivering my very best, then that is when I feel successful." ~ Art Fettig

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Is Your Goal Slipping Out Of Grasp?

Anything that takes up your time, thoughts or energy without advancing your goal is a distraction. Get rid of distractions.

For everything you do today: If it's not part of the solution, it's a distraction.

Today's TQ Challenge: Eliminate ALL Distractions -- of EVERY Nature.

  1. Choose to be SINGLE-MINDED! How much time have you spent today on things that have nothing to do with your goals?

  2. Choose to be TIMELY! How often do you allow distractions to extend your finish line?

  3. Choose to be FOCUSED! Is anything keeping you from giving 100% of your attention to your tasks today?

A distraction is anything that diverts your attention from your current objective. It can be as obvious as blaring music in your work area, or as insidious as that small but persistent pain in your lower back. It can be a desirable social distraction -- or a personal distraction -- like reading your favorite sports magazine after you get to work. Recognize that your current task is going to suffer a serious delay if you don't eliminate persistent distractions.

"Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet." ~ Roy D. Chapin Jr.

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You Know What You Must Do, But Do You Know By...

Write down the routine tasks you deal with every day. Now batch them into specific time periods to get them accomplished as efficiently as possible.

"Must do's" are best done by batching them together.

Today's TQ Challenge: Batch Similar Tasks Together.

  1. Choose to be EFFICIENT! How much of your day is devoted to daily necessities?

  2. Choose to be PRACTICAL! Which of your tasks must be done weekly?

  3. Choose to be ORGANIZED! When, tomorrow, will be the best time for you to tackle your daily required tasks?

The multitude of life's tasks are easier to complete when you stop, plan ahead and batch similar activities together. You eliminate repetition and minimize effort when you group similar tasks to be done at the same time. Write down the routine tasks you perform every day -- the ones you do once a week, and those you complete once a month. Now group similar activities into their own specific time periods and complete them all at once -- instead of one at a time.

"It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures, and who will accept nothing short of it, that holds the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others." ~ Orison Swett Marden

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Trying To Do It All?

Take a few minutes before each task to ask yourself if you are the only one who can do it. Do you want to keep doing it? Can it be delegated? If so, to whom?

You'll never get to what's most important when all your time is spent doing things you could have delegated.

Today's TQ Challenge: Get Agreement -- Provide Support.

  1. Choose to be EMPOWERING! What tasks on your To Do List can you delegate today?

  2. Choose to be EXPLICIT! Which more important task would you be working on right now, if you had the time?

  3. Choose to be SUPPORTIVE! What jobs on your desk right now could be delegated to someone else?

Delegation done poorly is worse than doing everything yourself. However, you can multiply your productivity when you become an expert at delegating duties and authority to others. By issuing a clear request, and receiving a committment in return, you can leverage your time and accomplish far more -- rather than working alone and accomplishing less. The secret is to reach a clearly established agreement of exactly what needs to get done, by when and by whom.

"Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it." ~ Warren Bennis

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How Committed Are You?

The degree to which you are committed to a goal indicates the likelihood of your achieving it. Commitment -- sheer passion and will -- can help you overcome any deficiency in time, money or education.

The secret to success is simple. Never quit. Correct and improve always, but never quit.

Today's TQ Challenge: Fully Commit to Your Goal -- or Change It.

  1. Choose to be DETERMINED! Have you determined what your goal is going to cost you?

  2. Choose to be WHOLEHEARTED! Have you made the commitment yet, to do whatever is necessary and ethical to attain your goal?

  3. Choose to be PASSIONATE! Do you have the passion and commitment necessary to carry you forward, regardless of anything that may interfere?

The best predictor of success is your degree of commitment to your goals. Whenever you set a goal, write out why you're committed to accomplishing it. The "why" is far more important than the "how." Commitment -- sheer passion and will power -- can help overcome any deficiency in time, money or education. Make sure each of your goals is worthy of the time and effort necessary to achieve it. Then, make sure each of your goals is getting the absolute, unconditional commitment it deserves.

"If you're climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don't look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don't think you're progressing until you step back and see how high you've really gone." ~ Donny Osmond

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Are You Ready To Give Your Word?

You will increase your positive expectancy whenever promising to do whatever it takes to succeed. You can then expect to succeed, precisely because you promised yourself you would.

You'll succeed when you keep your promises -- especially the ones made to yourself.

Today's TQ Challenge: Maintain a Positive Expectation for Every Action You Take.

  1. Choose to be POSITIVE! Which things in your life are you expecting because you've promised them to yourself?

  2. Choose to be PROACTIVE! What one thing would you like to have that could be made more real with a personal promise?

  3. Choose to be CONFIDENT! For what are you willing to promise yourself today?

This factor is the core building block of a positive attitude. You cannot have a positive attitude in general, and a negative expectation for the individual things you do. It's all or nothing. A positive attitude depends on having an optimistic expectation for every task, every role, every meeting, every errand -- every day. No one has a positive attitude all the time. However, once you notice yours beginning to slip away, you can stop the negative spiral and create a positive expectation for the very next thing you do.

"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude." ~ Timothy Bentley

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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?

Better.

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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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