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Do You Listen, Or Just Wait Your Turn To Speak?

Effective conversations require you to truly listen to what the other person is saying. There's a difference between listening and simply waiting your turn to speak. Experience that difference.

Listening is a skill that can be improved. Practice. Practice. Practice!

Today's TQ Challenge: Speak Clearly -- Listen Carefully -- Confirm Messages.

  1. Choose to be ARTICULATE! How do you know when you're really listening and when you're not?

  2. Choose to be EMPATHETIC! Did you miss something someone said today, because you weren't paying attention?

  3. Choose to be ATTENTIVE! How can you actively demonstrate today that you hear what's being said?

The exchange of ideas from one person to another has never been an exact science. You may never understand the other person completely. Neither can you automatically expect others to understand you, and the full background behind the ideas you are trying to communicate. Don't presume that you know what the other person is thinking. Stop the mutual mystification and get it right the first time. Assume you don't know. Ask. Listen. Clarify, Reach Mutual agreement.

"Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work." ~ John G. Pollard

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

So, What Do You Think?

An excellent way to build a better solution is to include others in the decision-making process. Ask them for their advice. By doing this, you'll foster their feelings of contribution, and increase the likelihood that the decision will be accepted by others when it's made.

Involve everyone in the creation of the plan you're trying to achieve, and allow them to discover how they can accomplish it for themselves, too.

Today's TQ Challenge: Search Beyond Acceptable -- Find the BEST Alternatives.

  1. Choose to be WELL-INFORMED! What decisions need to be made today? Who can you get to participate in them?

  2. Choose to be OPEN-MINDED! How often do you include others in your decision-making process?

  3. Choose to be INSIGHTFUL! Do you share in making your decisions with the people who'll be affected by them?

Your first idea may not always be the best idea. Nonetheless, it's the only one you can act on if you fail to come up with better alternatives. You minimize mistakes and create better results by carefully considering your options in advance. Explore additional possibilities before you reach a conclusion. Consider other perspectives: consult expert opinions; test your options; do a little research. Life's too short and money's too valuable to do otherwise. So, think it through, ask for help and learn to make better decisions by finding better options.

"The man who gets the most satisfactory results is not always the man with the most brilliant single mind, but rather the man who can best coordinate the brains and talents of his associates." ~ W. Alton Jones

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

Would You Like To Accomplish More And Spend Less?

Rather than knocking off your goals one by one, think of ways to combine similar ones for greater efficiency.

You will double your pleasure and your motivation immediately when you double up your goals.

Today's TQ Challenge: Take at Least One Step Towards Each Goal -- Daily.

  1. Choose to be DILIGENT! When you look at all of your goals, which ones could you combine and accomplish at the same time?

  2. Choose to be PERSISTENT! Is there someone else's goal you could combine with your own?

  3. Choose to be ASSIDUOUS! Be creative. How can you work on more than one goal at the same time today?

A goal is something beyond where you are. If you want to get from here to your goal, you must take the steps required to get there. Goals don't just automatically "happen." Obvious? You bet! But if this is obvious, why do so many people set goals then never achieve them? Goals don't happen on their own. If you want the goal, you have to do the work. This means taking the steps necessary to get there, day-by-day.

"What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team." ~ Benjamin F. Fairless

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

Do You Know Who The "Real You" Is?

Power, passion and purpose are found in that special, sacred place where who you ARE, what you DREAM and what you DO all overlap on to one vision.

Visions connected to your core values have power, passion and purpose.

Today's TQ Challenge: Create Highly Compelling Dreams. Visualize. Clarify. Evaluate. Commit.

  1. Choose to be INSPIRED! Is there power, passion and purpose behind your vision of how life should be?

  2. Choose to be MOTIVATED! What vision brings out the best in you?

  3. Choose to be ENTHUSIASTIC! When can you find 10 minutes to sit quietly and ask yourself, "What would I be most proud to accomplish?"

A vision is a picture of the perfect future you want to create. The more compelling and desirable the vision, the greater will be your enthusiasm and motivation for achieving it. Visions connected to core personal values generate the greatest source of power, passion and purpose. Go after all that life has to offer by creating the most valuable, ideal, desirable and admirable vision possible for each area of your life.

"If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, "there goes another day of my life, never to return," you will become time conscious." ~ A. B. Zu Tavern

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

Want A Clean Slate? Got An Eraser?

Keep yourself fresh, aware and tuned in. Take a moment several times each day to empty your mind of all the clutter that's accumulated -- all the petty annoyances and negativity.

As you think, so you act. The more often you can clear your mind, the more productive you will be.

Today's TQ Challenge: Take Frequent Breaks to Stretch, Breathe & Snack.

  1. Choose to be RECHARGED! Has any mental clutter kept you from staying focused today?

  2. Choose to be REJUVENATED! Can you take a moment right now to sweep out any "mental leftovers"?

  3. Choose to be STIMULATED! Where have you focused most of your thought today? Do you need to make a change?

Working for long periods without a break is counter-productive. Pace yourself. Take a five-minute break every hour: stand up, run in place, lift weights or stretch. Take ten deep breaths. Eat a nutritious snack. Drink a large glass of water. Take a short walk. Switch from a mental task to a physical one or vice versa. Then, go back to work energized and recharged.

"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever." ~ Samuel Smiles

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

Are You Recalling Your Home Runs Or Your...

When you're working toward a goal, boost your confidence by keeping track of your victories, not your failures.

If you want a successful season, focus on your wins rather than your losses.

Today's TQ Challenge: Visualize Tremendous Success.

  1. Choose to be ENTHUSIASTIC! What are your two most recent successes? Any grand slams?

  2. Choose to be INSPIRED! What have you accomplished so far, in connection with the goal you're currently working toward today?

  3. Choose to be HOPEFUL! How many victories will you celebrate as you leave work tonight?

Your motivation to take action increases automatically when you imagine how great it will be when you succeed. The bigger, brighter, more immediate and more personal you can imagine the payoff, the greater your desire to pursue your goals. When you picture failure, you lose motivation to proceed. You focus on avoiding mistakes, rather than striving to do your best. This leads to a reduction in effort -- and an increase in desire -- to avoid a negative outcome.

"There is great treasure there behind our skull and this is true about all of us. This little treasure has great, great powers, and I would say we only have learnt a very, very small part of what it can do." ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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