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What Is An Objective?

An objective is a specific step, a milestone, which enables you to accomplish a goal.

Big goals are not reached with one mighty leap, but rather with the help of individual stepping stones.

Today's TQ Challenge: Calendar Major Milestones.

  1. Choose to be METHODICAL! If any of your goals do not have specific milestones toward their accomplishment, wouldn't it be smart to go back and add them?

  2. Choose to be DELIBERATE! What specific objectives have you identified toward reaching your top professional goal?

  3. Choose to be INTENTIONAL! Where can you make time in this week's schedule to identify and schedule your next objectives?

A series of goals that build upon each other is far more productive than the same number of random goals. First, start by setting a highly compelling destination. Then, set all the intermediary goals that will lead you to this desired location. By setting a series of concrete objectives, you gain a long-term perspective, and a higher purpose for each daily goal. Once set, your enthusiasm, self-esteem and satisfaction will increase every time you achieve a milestone towards the final long-term goal.

"Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination." ~ Fitzhugh Dodson

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

Are You Listening To Yourself?

Use your energy to control your moods. Keep your body running strong so your moods and your mental outlook stay focused and productive.

Sound mind + sound body = high performance.

Today's TQ Challenge: Continuously Monitor Your Energy Level to Your Current Performance.

  1. Choose to be LIVELY! How does your body feel right now?

  2. Choose to be STEADY! Are you ignoring any health issues?

  3. Choose to be ENERGETIC! What can you do to increase your physical well-being right now?

Nothing is more critical to performance than your energy level since it directly impacts every aspect of your ability to produce results. Paying close attention to your personal energy and recognize the power it has over your performance. You can't do your best when you're not at your best. Just by being aware of how your body runs, you're better prepared to correct minor performance drains -- before they become major performance pains.

"I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best." ~ Akeem Olajuwon

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

Now, Wasn't That Worth It?

Increase your motivation to do the difficult or inherently unsatisfactory parts of jobs by focusing on the benefits of finishing them.

Get through the rough spots today by looking forward to the moment when you can say "All finished!"

Today's TQ Challenge: Stop Getting Ready to Get Ready. Find a Way to Get Started.

  1. Choose to be RESOURCEFUL! Despite having difficulty doing your present task, what benefit will you reap when it's done?

  2. Choose to be CREATIVE! Won't your current task look much better behind you?

  3. Choose to be SELF-INITIATED! Which unpleasant chore looming ahead will reap your biggest reward?

There is no greater reward than accomplishing a difficult task. However, you can't complete a project if it never gets started. Procrastination can take a million clever forms -- but so can action. Instead of putting things off, find clever and imaginative ways to get started somewhere -- anywhere -- even for a few minutes. Take some action to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

"Money will come to you when you are doing the right thing." ~ Michael Phillips

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

Hold That Thought...

Even pleasant preoccupations need a specific time of their own. Keep your focus on the task at hand, rather than be seduced off track by the interest or desire for another project or plan.

Schedule another time -- as soon as possible -- to give your full attention to your next tantalizing idea, activity, event or plan.

Today's TQ Challenge: Move Preoccupations to a More Appropriate Time.

  1. Choose to be CONCENTRATED! What mesmerizing, tempting, seductive, winning, inviting or likable ideas are you finding most distracting today?

  2. Choose to be SINGLE-MINDED! What enchanting, engaging, fascinating or glamorous thoughts are distracting you today?

  3. Choose to be FOCUSED! Do you have any appealing, bewitching or captivating ideas distracting you from your carefully prioritized list right now?

You can only think about one thing at a time. That one thing should be the most appropriate subject for your current circumstances. Preoccupations -- thinking about something other than the task at hand -- can waste a lot of time. Remove any concerns or competing thoughts by scheduling them to a more appropriate time. Set an appointment for the earliest time possible to resolve the concern or explore new options and opportunities.

"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change." ~ Golnik Eric

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

Doesn't It Amaze You How So Many Can Have So...

Feeling overwhelmed by what you must get done? Enlist the help of others, and give them the authority and resources to handle some of your projects. It's called compounding your results.

"Behind an able man there are always other able men." - Chinese proverb

Today's TQ Challenge: Actively Recruit Others to Help.

  1. Choose to be COLLABORATIVE! What did you do today that could have been done just as effectively by someone else?

  2. Choose to be RESOURCEFUL! Are you letting your own pride stand in the way of getting more done through delegating to others?

  3. Choose to be EXUBERANT! Who, with some training, could take over one of your projects this week?

There are many talented people who are ready, willing and able to contribute to your goals and projects. All you have to do is ask! All they need is your vision, direction and appreciation. Stop trying to be an army of one! Call in an expert. Collaborate with others. You'll be surprised at how much easier it is to accomplish your goals with the assistance of the right people. You'll get more done, the end product will be of a higher quality and you'll have more fun in the process.

"Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don't like to do." ~ Albert Gray

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

Is Your Agenda Full Of Sound And Fury But...

Don't confuse getting organized with getting work done. The purpose of organization is to serve your work, not the other way around.

Don't waste your time on organizational minutiae. Determine your plan of attack for the week and then launch it!

Today's TQ Challenge: Create Highly Productive Systems to do the Work FOR You.

  1. Choose to be EFFECTIVE! Do you know who is over-organized and under-performing?

  2. Choose to be PROFICIENT! What aspect of your work could be characterized as "over-organized"?

  3. Choose to be SYSTEMATIC! How long will it take you to get organized for tomorrow? Is this sufficient...or overkill?

Every activity contains a series of steps that must be completed correctly to be successful. Systemize your success. Identify the critical steps required to complete your most productive and rewarding activities. Then, create a "well-oiled machine" to automatically crank out results for you. Systemize those steps through technology, checklists, delegation or by enrolling additional team members -- and you will achieve the results you expect -- far more often. Automate this Factor and you'll double, triple or even quadruple your productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.

"Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done." ~ James Ling

Read Today's TQ, and find out how to improve this aspect of your Organize 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 Jan 29, 2023 19:14:13pm.
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