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Are You Feeling A Bit Singed Around The Edges?

Burnout is NOT inevitable. The more you focus your attention on what you love, the more energetic you become.

Learn to do what you love and love what you do, and your energy will take care of itself.

Today's TQ Challenge: Promote Energy Gainers -- Eliminate Energy Drainers.

  1. Choose to be ENERGETIC! Is the majority of your daily effort(s) in tune with what you love?

  2. Choose to be REFRESHED! What do you care most about? How much time will you spend on that today?

  3. Choose to be INVIGORATED! How can you connect what you care most about with what you're doing right now?

Some things boost your energy level, while others drain it. You need to know which is which. What drains your energy? Worry, medical or dental concerns, work piled on your desk, not enough sleep, diet, unfinished tasks, negative people, angry coworkers... anything else? Once identified, take action to eliminate these drainers and replace them with energy gainers: Exercise, high energy foods, more sleep, medical attention, friendly faces -- anything that makes you feel better, perform better and increases your energy rather than depletes it.

"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary." ~ Thomas A. Edison

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

Rev Up, And Revel.

Celebrate whatever part of your project you accomplish today, large or small. Take a moment to appreciate each task completed before moving on. This will give you a boost to start the next one.

Appreciate each completed step in your project. Then rev up your engines and speed on to the next opportunity to shine.

Today's TQ Challenge: Persist Until Actual Results Meet or Exceed Expectations.

  1. Choose to be TENACIOUS! What can you congratulate yourself on so far today?

  2. Choose to be PERSISTENT! Do you take the time to appreciate the completion of each of your tasks?

  3. Choose to be STEADFAST! Why not let each new task come off the springboard of a congratulatory pat on the back?

If a project was worth starting, it deserves to be completed. Don't lose your momentum. Make some progress on every plan started. You've already put out some of the effort; now complete it so you can reap the rewards. Success builds success. Find all those half-finished projects lying around and finish them one-by-one.

"Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity." ~ Alberta Flanders

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

Ready For An Adventure?

A goal is something that's BEYOND where you are, and beyond what you normally do. It requires you to STRETCH outside of your comfort zone. Therefore, depending on how you define it, going for your goal can be described as either PRECARIOUS or ADVENTUROUS.

Positive achievements require positive attitudes which arise from positive affirmations.

Today's TQ Challenge: Stay Connected to The Rewards Within Each Goal.

  1. Choose to be EXCITED! Are you defining today's journey as precarious or adventurous?

  2. Choose to be MOTIVATED! Specifically, what words do you use when you tell your colleagues about your goals?

  3. Choose to be ENERGIZED! How can you redefine your current project in more positive and adventurous terms?

It's impossible to keep striving for something for which you no longer have any feelings. The more you stay in touch with the rewarding experience, and positive feelings that each goal delivers, the more motivated and committed you'll be to continue the pursuit. Each time you get in touch with the emotional benefits your goals produce, you'll feel energized and enthused to continue -- regardless of the distance to the goal. Celebrate your goals every day. Anticipation is half the fun, and most of the motivation for getting there.

"When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous." ~ Wayne Dyer

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

Are Planning, Organizing And Scheduling Part Of...

To plan, organize, and schedule your activities is the very essence of saving time -- and improving your productivity. Make P.O.S. your S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedure!)

Plan it. Organize it. Schedule it. Then DO IT!

Today's TQ Challenge: Make Planning a Routine Part of Each Day.

  1. Choose to be METHODICAL! Do you invest enough time in planning, organizing and scheduling?

  2. Choose to be PREPARED! How would you like to spend the time saved by your new S.O.P.?

  3. Choose to be DETAIL-ORIENTED! Does tomorrow's schedule include time for all three: planning, organizing and scheduling?

Maximum personal productivity is entirely dependent upon how quickly you can go from a concept to a completion. To be as productive as possible, you must have an organized system for keeping track of all data, dates, numbers, people, goals, plans and to-do's. You need a single system that helps plan this entire flow of detail -- from idea to implementation to completion in the least amount of time -- without losing anything through the cracks -- or driving you crazy in the process.

"Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader." ~ Paul J. Meyer

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

Have You Made Time For Yourself?

First decide where you would like to spend your extra time. Then look for ways to free up your schedule to gain time for these new, preferred activities.

Having goals for the use of your newly found time increases your motivation to say "NO" to distractions and diversions.

Today's TQ Challenge: Say "NO" to Some Things to Have More Time for the Right Things.

  1. Choose to be JUDICIOUS! How will you make the most of any extra time you gain today?

  2. Choose to be FOCUSED! Which high payoff items would you like to undertake, but don't currently have time for?

  3. Choose to be DISCERNING! When, today, will you take 10 minutes to write down what you'd most like to accomplish with your extra time?

One of your most effective time management skills is the ability to say "No." Courteously and judiciously, of course. You can't do it all, and do it all well. Having a specific use for your time -- at every point in time -- increases your motivation to say NO to "nonscheduled opportunities" or less valuable distractions. There's no such thing as unlimited resources. This is especially true of time. You can push your limits, but to be the most productive possible, know when enough is enough.

"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can." ~ Willis Whitney

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

So What If It's A Little Late?

What will happen if you procrastinate?

1. Increased stress from the pressure of the impending deadline...

2. Potentially poor judgment caused by an immediate deadline...

3. Missed opportunities; alternatives and options. Or...

4. All of the above.

Procrastination never turned a profit.

Today's TQ Challenge: Take Immediate Action on Whatever's Next -- Regardless!

  1. Choose to be ACTION-ORIENTED! If you make a bad decision because you've waited till the last minute, how much time is left to correct the problem?

  2. Choose to be DYNAMIC! What have you put off today, and what could it cost you tomorrow?

  3. Choose to be SPONTANEOUS! What deadlines do you need to catch up on?

Personal power is measured by your ability to take action. Power is a function of how fast you can take an idea and make it a reality. The more proactive you are, the more productive you will be. Until an action is taken, nothing happens, and nothing is created. Think in terms of consequences. If you choose to delay an action, what will you gain? What will it cost you? When you act without delay, you immediately increase productivity and accelerate success.

"Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions." ~ John Randolph

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 Jan 25, 2021 11:03:40am.
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