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What's Driving You?

Any change you make should be motivated by your desire to become the best you can be. With true desire, you can become anything you want to be.

In order for a personal change to succeed, it must first start. So, start now and stay with it.

Today's TQ Challenge: Repeat "I Can Do This!" Believe It.

  1. Choose to be SELF-ASSURED! If you could change anything in your life, what would be first?

  2. Choose to be CONFIDENT! What changes to your present self would bring your "best self" closer to the surface?

  3. Choose to be PROACTIVE! What one thing will you commit to today that will bring you closer to what you want to become tomorrow?

Your internal identity controls all of your actions and reactions. If you think of yourself as capable, enthusiastic and committed, you will act with confidence and determination. If you don't, you won't. There's no truth about who you are. There is no preordained way you must think of yourself. You are not born with beliefs; you acquire them. You have the power to redefine your identity anyway you want. So, substitute positive characteristics for negative ones, and start living those from now on.

"Every successful man I have heard of has done the best he could with conditions as he found them..." ~ Edgar Watson Howe

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

Which Apple Should You Polish First?

When you find yourself overloaded with assignments from others, make it a point to reach an agreement on which ones will receive top priority.

Overload comes from not participating in the process. Reach an agreement on the priority of every shared or delegated task.

Today's TQ Challenge: Maintain "To-Be-Done" List -- Prioritized by Value.

  1. Choose to be PRODUCTIVE! What priority have others given to the projects you have been assigned?

  2. Choose to be SELF-DIRECTED! Are you in agreement with everyone else on the priorities given to your assignments?

  3. Choose to be SELECTIVE! If you're working with someone, did you ask what the other person's priorities are for the work you are doing together?

A prioritized list of things to do today is your best guide for where you should invest your time. Some of your projects have more value than others. You don't always have time to complete everything on your to-do list. Therefore, before you start your day, rank your entire list by the relative reward of each task. If there are any tasks still remaining at the end of the day, they should be the least important ones -- not the most important.

"If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got." ~ Lee Iacocca

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

Don't Call Me, I'll Call You.

Don't wait for someone to respond to a letter you've sent. Be proactive. In your letter, say you'll call at a particular time, then put a copy of the letter in your tickler file and make a note on your calendar to call.

If it's important to hear back, don't wait. Make sure you're the one who calls.

Today's TQ Challenge: Create Systems to Maximize Time -- Yours & Others.

  1. Choose to be COURTEOUS! Do you ever waste time wondering when you'll hear from someone?

  2. Choose to be CONSIDERATE! How well can you rely on your tickler file and your calendar to remind you when to call?

  3. Choose to be RESPECTFUL! How will you handle the next proposal you send out?

Time spent with others can either be highly productive or barely productive -- depending on how you use your time together. Be honest. In any given day, who wastes whose time the most? Create systems for others to respect your time and you, theirs. When possible, take requests and questions from others in batches and do the same for them. Show your respect for other people's time during phone calls, appointments and meetings. Be prepared and punctual. Value other people's time and they will value yours.

"Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts." ~ Ted W. Engstrom

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

Don't You Deserve More?

Set your sights higher.

Nothing is beyond reach, if you build a tall enough ladder.

Today's TQ Challenge: Set Highly Rewarding Goals.

  1. Choose to be MOTIVATED! Would you be willing to increase your current goal by 20%?

  2. Choose to be INSPIRED! What would you do with the extra money if you doubled your income this year?

  3. Choose to be ADVENTUROUS! What would you do with the extra money this year if your income were 10 times greater than last year?

If you're not inspired -- every single day -- you need new goals. The higher the goal, the more it will excite and motivate you. Plan big. Why set mediocre, minimally acceptable goals when you could set ones that will change your life? Or the world?! Life's greatest satisfaction comes from attaining goals that you once believed were beyond reach. If most of your goals are forgotten before they're achieved, you clearly need to create more exciting, more stimulating, more intoxicating, more adventurous, more ambitious and more heart-felt goals.

"Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life." ~ Les Brown

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


Make a contribution today. Perform a simple, unexpected act of kindness to someone. Finding ways to help others inspires everyone.

Happiness is like jam...you can't spread it around without getting a little on yourself.

Today's TQ Challenge: Act Cheerfully -- Have More Fun. SMILE... SMILE... SMILE!

  1. Choose to be CHEERFUL! What small kindness can you show someone today?

  2. Choose to be UPBEAT! How did you feel the last time someone gave you an unexpected act of kindness?

  3. Choose to be HIGH-SPIRITED! Where will you be responsible for unexpected acts of kindness today?

It's easier to be energetic when you're cheerful than when you're gloomy. An entertaining, playful and humorous atmosphere always generates positive energy. Give yourself something to look forward to by incorporating fun activities into your schedule. Take pleasure in completing even the smallest tasks. Dreaded tasks become easier when you approach them with a lighter attitude.

"An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?" ~ Michel De Saint-Pierre

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

What Are You Doing Right Now?

Take time during your day to review what you've done and where you're headed.

Being busy does not necessarily get you closer to your destination. Keeping yourself on track will.

Today's TQ Challenge: Plan at Least One Step Ahead.

  1. Choose to be PREPARED! Have you checked your prioritized To Do List recently?

  2. Choose to be FORESIGHTFUL! Are you on track with your To Do List today?

  3. Choose to be EFFICIENT! If time's money, what price would you put on your time, right now?

The more you plan ahead, the more you accomplish in the time you have. Planning ahead is a skill that applies equally to your next move, your next task, your next day and your next year. When you look ahead to where you want to go, you can determine in advance what you are going to do, what you're going to need to effectively do it -- and identify the shortest route to get it done.

"It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do." ~ John R. Amos

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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