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Perfect your plans.

"A man/woman who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door." ~ Confucius

All last week I focused on the Power of Positivity.

As I said repeatedly, we all face unique challenges... some easy... some difficult... some seemingly impossible.

However, there is one truth that you must remember: A Positive ATTITUDE always takes you further than the Negative.


This week, I plan on helping you turn your dreams and goals into rock-solid plans!

Every goal—regardless of how complex or difficult—is nothing more than a series of steps that must be completed along a path, from one objective to another.

A written plan includes all of the critical objectives that must be met to be successful.

It also provides the step-by-step instructions for the actions that must be taken, and the resources that must be available, to reach each objective.

With a clear set of instructions, you can go anywhere and achieve anything you want—one "do-able" step at a time.

No question, the first step towards achieving your goals is to develop the plans necessary for their successful achievement.

Yes, this is an obvious, circular and simplistic statement.

But if this important function is so obvious, why does it remain a problem for more than 88% of the population?

The first three months of this year are just about HISTORY. What lies ahead is the FUTURE.

Are you prepared? Do you have a plan?

Is proper PLANNING sabotaging your FUTURE?

If you have clear goals, the question becomes, do you have the plans necessary to reach them?

Do your plans leave you with more questions than answers? Why not take 2 minutes to do a reality check on your ability to make rock-solid PLANS? If you cannot say YES absolutely to 7 of these 10 Factor Actions for your Make Plans Color, you are simply throwing away your future.

(Have you completed your Make Plans Personal Workshop? If not, you may want to get with the program!)

Look at what you have accomplished so far this year. Are you on track for achieving your top 5 goals this year?

Even if you are, this is the PERFECT time of the year to revisit your plans. Maybe you can tweak them so your goals are realized SOONER... so you can ENJOY them SOONER... rather than later... or maybe never.

If you are NOT on track, this is the week to seriously consider your alternatives.

Expected Results/Achievements:


My Time Horizon: December 31, 2016

The Power of TQ Factor 5a...

The first quarter of this year is history.

You spent the TIME.

What did you get in return?

What have you accomplished?

Big things, done well?

Little things that have made a difference?

You can do better. Perfect your plans.

A GOAL without a PLAN is merely a WISH without a HOPE.

There is no way you can accomplish something if you don't know how to proceed.

Written plans are the essential instructions for how to reach a goal.

A plan is simply a detailed map outlining the steps to accomplish your goal as quickly and easily as possible.

At a minimum, it includes a complete list of objectives and resource requirements -- all organized in correct chronological order.

"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." ~ Stephen A. Brennan

Factor 5A's CONTRIBUTION to your performance...

A high commitment to this Factor of your performance suggests you have both a goal and a plan.

You're inspired enough to have goals—and methodical enough to develop written plans.

With a detailed plan in hand, you're already halfway there.

You've overcome the fear and uncertainty of not knowing what to do next, and have a clear set of directives with an excellent chance of success.

With a detailed written plan in hand, you proceed confidently toward each of your major goals.

Factor 5A's COST to your success...

A lack of commitment to this area of your performance suggests you are someone whose goals often remain nothing but illusive wishes.

You rarely make the progress you'd like.

It may not be from lack of effort. You are working hard but too much time is spent on activities that prove to be of little benefit.

Lacking specific instructions, you have neither a clear direction for what to do next, nor any way to chart your progress.

Sure, some goals are being achieved by trial and error -- but many aren't -- and more are taking far longer to achieve than they should.

The BENEFIT of doing Factor 5A...

You have more power...

You have realistic goals, because you have real plans. You accumulate performance positives like "Well-Planned, Well-Prepared and Informed" -- immediately moving you towards the results you expect.

What happens when you FAIL to consistently do Factor 5A?

You have less power...

Many of your most cherished goals are begging for better results. Negatives like "Haphazard, Shortsighted and Unprepared" start to take their toll on your performance -- quickly moving you away from the success you want.

The Bottom Line...

You CAN do better. You CAN achieve more. You CAN attain your highest goals.


Discover what's holding you back... and ELIMINATE it.

Don't put up with PROBLEMS. Solve them.

Don't permit one more minute of your precious life to be frittered away.

Take a STAND. Take ACTION.

Make A Plan!

If you haven't already, right now is the perfect time to test your TQ... to see where you are strong and where you are weak.

I urge you to take the full 100 question TQ Test to baseline where you are now... and what you will need to do differently to achieve your goals THIS YEAR... not Someday down the line.

Believe it. You CAN succeed at whatever you do, as long as you simply take the right ACTIONS. -- E.R. Haas, CEO



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Running Member Comments...

My goal today is put all my goals in order. All recent goals that I have written down properly are mine! I have a track record - irrefutable proof of the process!

I will put my goals into small managable chunks and so there may be twenty goals at least and once written down I will start on the step by step plans. I need an excellent start of about 80% accuracy (too easy as I have inside information) and in 30 minutes I WILL be SO MUCH further down the FAST TRACK. How hard is it to ACT NOW when a tortoise of 30% effectivenesss and 100% COMMITTMENT overtakes me in three days time. As I read in the sports news today "YOU MUST BACK YOURSELF TO WIN" and WIN YOU MUST.
Who is the person you plan to be? Sorry, you can't really be someone else and nobody else can take your responsibility away for you. BE the REAL person that you already are, a fabulous creator with super powers of imagination and expression. BE tough, resolute and responsible for planning and executing great things. How lucky can
you be to have a choice, millions don't. STOP wasting time and START NOW planning the things that express your values, visions and missions in your roles.
Plans - I am scheduling my test for this week. I will be studying for the test. I will be passing the test.
my business plan is in writing. following the daily requirement (or near daily) of lead prospecting becomes challenging with so much happening in such a short time, ie showings, contracts, busy work, etc
I have some Goals and some Plans

Yes my most important plans are in writing. I have started them from this year onwards

everything is in writing...that's not the challeging part for me, but rather, carrying out the tasks seem overwhelming. I notice this is more true when i haven't slotted little chuncks of time for each day, which would make the bigger tasks more doable.
I have 2 businesses and some days I feel that I cannot possibly devote the time needed for both. But I love what I do with each one so want to keep both businesses. By writing out yearly, monthly, weekly and daily plans I am able to break down the 'to do' lists into manageable parts. It's a HUGE help to me.
For me a 12 month plan is too much... my life is too fluid at this point... I do better working within a three month plan with only a few things planned that far inadvance...
Never Thought? Very Interesting Question?

I feel pretty healthy. I go to hot yoga at least 3x per week and walk outside or on the treadmill the other days. I do wheatgrass a few times a week and eat mostly organic veggies, fruits, and meats. My downfall is weekend junkfood. I also like wine which can be healthy in moderation but I find it makes me crave more junk food. I also think that meditation is a key component to overall health.
Yes I have till 90 Years of Age. Use Microsoft Money to Track the same

I have an idea or a vision but no plan for my 10 year financial goal.
I have spent so much money over the years in understanding this concept of writing goals and plans. Yet I fail to take it to the next level of sorting out what is important and doing it. I feel like I have adult ADD and incapable of focus on a few important steps. I know I'm not lazy because I will work to 10PM to complete a task.
As a Realtor I need to complete so many task. I know I'm good at what I do because I'm in the 20% who make money, but I could be so much better. This program is already helping me to focus on my plans in a new way. Thank you.
have ADD also. I still think the best strategies for ADD is to be focused on the goal, the steps and do what this program advises. I have been a successful executive with ADD and no drugs for it of course. So, this method followed up as your FOCUS everyday will help. ADD gets worse when allowed to flourish. Writing steps and FOCUS practice is best strategy. I am sympathetic and want to support your efforts. am happy you are part of this program and I wish be always wishing you well. Lorraine.
In the year 2018 at age 77....
I have 7 million dollars in net assets distributed in trusts for my children and grandchildren, a leadership foundation, charitable giving progran, homes at the lake, in the city and on the beach, a yacht and sailboat. luxury car, van and golf cart , investment account of $1 million, savings account of $500,000 and checking account of $100,000.
Very educating
In my head, I have the goals and plans, but I can't seem to overcome that fear of putting them into action. Since discovering TQ I realize I need to write out a plan in order to achieve this dream/goal. I have been thinking about a senior citizen transportation service for those who can't or should no longer drive for over 20 years. I want them to still be able to have the quality of life they should have inspite of their mode of transportation being taken away. But because I don't have the start up capital, it remains a desire and a goal to achieve.
I'm not sure if I have any goals and plans. I have things i'd like to do but there is no passion at this point in my life. I have studied to become a Certified Nurses Assistant only because this seemed to be the only type of job available. If there was a perfect world, everyone would have access to the job that they had a passion for. Right now its just hard enough to get a job and all you can do is try to survive and even if you do your best, there are 100 other people ahead of you.
Tammie, if there is no passion? is a lost of time!!!!
study/do what you like and fu,,... the rest
1. my personal goal is study and educate/ TQ !!
2. my spirituality goal is study / educate bible !
3. my family goal is move in a nice house !
4. my adventure goal is travel the world!
5. my father goal is teach children TQ, sport, bible.
6. my business goal is build a resort and sell it .
7. my personal goal is to be in the best shape in mi live.
8. my goal is to work out in the gym 3 times a week
9. my goals is always speak positive
10. my goal is yoga class/ meditation
11. dance class
12. and have a hour a day for study!!!
Within the next ten years I intend on taking my whole family on a week-long cruise (we've never gone anywhere but local camping and my kids have never even been out of California!!!) My husband and I will visit Europe and go wine-tasting while in Italy. I also plan on visiting Haiwaii a few times and taking annual road trips across the country is in my plan. Cruises to Alaska and Austrialia, too.
it's somewhere in between. I am contemplating starting a new venture but i am not sure if i should focus my energies on that or give equal time to my current profession and a new one as well.
My career is going up consistently, but not as fast as I had hoped or wanted. I would like to 'kick it up a notch' and get to where I'm wanting to be quicker.
I'm reading, I'm thinking, and i know I'm changing. Being me is not easy.
the year is 2018 - I am 57 years old. I have a 9 year old and 12 twelve year. I married an energetic healthy beautiful 48 yr old. I run 30-50 miles weekly. I have incorporated Yoga and meditation into my daily practices. I swim twice a week. I have completed 20 marathon or iron man contests. I ski for 2 months every year.
My most important plans are not in writing. When I do have plans in writing, I don't know how to execute them. I fail on execution!! I am just passing away the days and hating every minute of my life. I have everything to live for, yet my depression and unhappiness has a tight hold on me.

I need lots of help!!!!
You have to relax,smile ,and don't worry and imagine it is easy!
You have a trassure inside you ! TQ is the map and kent is the car and haas is the boat!
Do what it takes to find it!
If it take : selfesteem,run,cd's ,workout,smile,hugs,think do feel positive!

Remember imagine it is EASY!
While I am waiting I can PRAY - MEDITATE -DO LITTLE EXERCISES - REMEMBER - WRITE - READ- THINK about the next GTD item - LOOK around me
I have dreams, goals and plans and focusing on executing it harder to get the results I want.
I have Dreams, Goals and an Action Plan to support them.
I have dreams, that I'm turning into plans today.
I have dreams, I have my goals - I also have my plans in place :) And had 85% of my goals for this year accomplished!!!
I am semi shooting from the hip, in that I have substantial goals and plans, and have'nt committed them to writing because they seem logical-even creativity needs to have an organized point of view. With greater involvement, I suspect that I will diagram them out
A dream is emerging and I will trust God's abundance to supply...
I have all three and am working on making myself more focused on these three.
Yes, we are having a prayer time for American leaders.
You can join the call at 641-715-3630 code 1054841#
tomorrow nite at 7pm CDT. We'll hear from you then
I started to write down to do lists yesterday and continued that today.

I wrote down some of my goals yesterday, but want to review those, since I'm not sure about some.
I do have a plan in mind of what I am going to do, but I am writing a book while, I am working on my plans. Hopefully it will help those who really need answers.
I'm trying to get to the plans, but I must first get my goals for this year and what feeds into my overall goals for out years.

I am starting to write down lists of TO DO things for the day.
I'm just starting the TQ as of yesterday, so right now I'm just starting.
I have a roadmap that I am working to make my life a little better, and what it is that I want to do. I think that having your plans in writing are a good way to keep you on track of your goals, and then during the times when you seem to get off track, you can look at them and get back on track, because you know what you have to do.
A 12 month strategy can do a lot good to achieve a plan
I know when I plan to do things, it just makes the plan and the motivation much more important , because you know what you are working towards. I like having a plan , that just gives me direction.
Just about all of them! I'm just waking up to the fact that I have been taking a back seat in my own life. As such I am dumping people and things right and left that were all too happy to take control of my life while providing benefit to themselves and none to me. I feel like a shark that got fed up with its' remoras clinging to it as it swam along and just scraped them all off on a coral reef.

Would a 12 month plan help? It will be the best thing ever.
I think that my vital sign will look like, happy not depressed, and dealing with alot of my issues.
I will have the right amount of carbs and fiber in my body. With exercising daily i will be able to enjoy the fact that i will be in shape and still very active physically.
12 month plan;1 pay off royal bank visa. 2 sell the house 3 pay off debts 4 pay suresh 25. 5 buy a house with a rental income 6 jyoti to open yoga studio 7 master yoga for health
8 improve knowledge 9 improve relationship.
I have a savings of $ 100,000.00 Cdn. in my chequing account by Dec. 1, 2009. By 2012, I am a muti-millionaire and providing seminars all over Canada. I am an author for a inspirational book that will touch and change the world for growth and it's generating millions of dollars in my bank account.
I have fit and strong body.I can easily walk 10 km. I am athlete.
I will be a millionaire. Basically to simplify it, I will have seven figures in my account and even more in my savings.
Our bank account will reflect $ 45 billion
We have butlers, corvettes, Rolls Royces
fly in our own private jet
I don't have a plan yet...must make one. I'll be 55 in 10 years. SCARY!
I have 50 billion dollars in my account.
I will open a real estate in CURACAO N.A.( Caribe) nice investment (www.seabiscuitrealestate.com
I would have liked to have gone to Florida, California and Hawaii , for vacations and done some backroad motorbiking , and some hiking and other interesting things besides just have kids and not have anything to do in my life. I would see myself as being a very productive part of society, and with my live-in boyfriend.
I do not have a 10 year travel plan. At this point traveling is not a big focus in my life. What is, is the shortest straightest path to money. One thing at a time...
I am obsessed with TQ. I love the insight and self exploration the I have gained while going through the lessons. As a perfectionist, I need to know that I am working the right way toward a goal. Through TQ I have learned that I have been treading a lot of water all my life in the pursuit of happiness. I love the concept of breaking down goals into small doable tasks so progress is seen along the way.
At 56 years old I've gotten a late start on planning what I want to accomplish in my life. I wish I had had this program in my youth. My life would be so different if I had started this decades ago. TQ didn't exist then, but now that it does, it would be a very good program to be presented in high schools, so future generations will start off their adult lives on the right track, with goals and the life plans to make them a reality.
I Would have like to gone to Hawaii, Florida, France , Italy and Germany. I would like to go to the Napa valley area in California, and go to Knotts Berry Farm and have wine, and stay in one of the bed and breakfast Inns, there close, and have fun. I just would want to do the fun things , like going sightseeing and hiking, maybe skydiving, just maybe, but not for sure. I woulld also want to be an Alcohol and Drug rehab counselor , and have my book published.
I will have been to all the wonders of the world and would have spent atleast a year in Jerusalem the holy city. Inorder to learn hebrew and greek. I would aslo would have learned the languages of these areas i've visited.
Everywhere that i've watched on the travel channel.
I don't. That right now is not a priority. The priority right now is a 10 year career plan.
We have at least one goal in place for each aspect of our lives. We have some plans in place, but others are just visions that we are working on. We know where we want to go we just haven't got the route mapped out yet
-Remember to get input from others. If i can get good ideas I can get them to commit.
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I have plans, house plans, and I am trying to get the loan approved which is a bit frustrating as I am a loans officer and I am not having as easy a time getting this done as I think I should. Somehow, I am taking this personally. I am pulling out all the stops and will stop at nothing to get this loan approved this month. I am wondering if there is another alternative but I can't allow myself to think that it will not happen. I have spoken it into being, right now in the unseen our home is built and it exists, now to get it into the seen realm. Defeat is not in my plans.
I must say that a 12 month plan will help. But it is so challenging when you and your partner cannot do it together. I believe in planning my partner does not, therefore when I plan I always see myself frustrated with unforseen events
Texas and Florida
Visit my daughters
I must see the land of my forefathers
Italy and France
Shop seasonally for clothing
Where have I been? After I returned to Canada from a year in Boston, I told myself that I had travelled enough. I had been living out of a suitcase for work. I'd been divorced, and an other rocky relationship was sinking fast. Since then I've travelled once to the West Coast to visit a dying relative and once to the Mountains to visit a friend and a sister. Both were gifts and I just couldn't feel like I could have fun - without feeling guilty. Even though there were no strings attached, I felt like there were. Enough said about that.
Now I'm planning a trip to Spain for July 2011. I will be hiking, so I am starting my training now. I'm pumped!
We are sharing a video conference today at 8pm EST
You may attend, we have room for 15 on camera at once.
The rest can use chat and watch or listen.
We are live from the BIG island on TalkFusion
The link, today only is http://1162680.videoconference.talkfusionlive.com/golive/m/pr11JUYemW5xydbH Hope to SEE you there !
I truely understand the need for planning and I spend time (perhaps even too much time) to list the steps, cost, and resources for each project/event. However, my husband's health has interfered with nearly every goal/plan we have attempted. This ranges from short term goals such as going to the grocery store, to "medium" term goals such as designing his room to better meet his needs. The really long term goals are nearly impossible for me to visualize. I need help/coaching to "plan" for the unexpected and to visualize long term goals when there are so many variables.
Over the next 10 years we will have traveled every continent by rail... each a memory building event of the lifetime!

Austria, United States, Southern Africa, Asia, more of Europe
i think i have dreams.
I have plenty of dreams within my vision but not setting any real goals to help me develop a plan of action. I am handling things on a day to day occurrence and I am becoming overwhelmed.

Mentally, how do I make the time to view where I am, set goals and plan a course to follow?
I will completed everything necessary to start sell Real Estate again by 20 April 2012. My goal is to help 100 families sell their homes within the next 18 months. I will Tithe 10 percent of my income to Charities or Educational Institutions. I will travel every month and enjoy Gods Blessings. Ron Gary Enterprises will be about ThinkingTQ.com and CrackingTheMillionaireCode.com. God Is Good, I hope to Serve Him Better.
to finish my cd,make my boutique store,and help my father and husband
I have a 3 month plan written out with daily notifications being sent to my phone as reminders. I have step-by-step action plans written for each goal. I have checklists for repetitive actions I'll need to do that I keep in a notebook at my work table, as well as in a private wiki. Long term plans are on a story board on the wall. The work was worth the effort since I'm now moving forward!
No. I plan to write it down in the next 1 week
"Would A 12 Month Plan Help?"

Definitely! I need to carve out one hour every day for the next week to see how far along I can get things planned out.
We have several accounts, we try to keep them equal, all are growing in the thousands, by then each should be millions. You can see how our
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We have several accounts, we try to keep them equal, all are growing in the thousands, by then each should be millions. You can see how our
8 great video tools are working at http://MeetLiveVideo.com be a GUEST
At least offered 5 times a day in English + many other in their own language. You can make extra income starting today.
Yes it is. Gone from NMA to PMA. Stay the course.
2008 like Quake still possible on China .But who will take the risk if there is a counter attack on India like 26/11 on Mumbai ?Indian security system is not as robust as US .We have to measure every pros and cons .Pakistan and China playing dirty in Southern Asia .We have to be careful.
Yes, I neglect me a lot of the time.

I need to spend more time on me.

Not sure exactly how to make a 12 month plan, but will figure it out!
I can activate Ambition when I become focused... Clarity is a factor right now...
Finding and Marrying my Wife!!! This is a Foundational Part of my Life...
I find it a constant challenge to see opportunities on my own or within my current network.
yes, I truly believe!

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