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This TQ Factor of your performance (Organize 8b) is important because it drives a feeling of METHODICAL DISCIPLINE and PASSION deep within you.

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Get organized and then follow that plan. Time spent solving a crisis caused by forgetfulness is time wasted.

Everybody makes mistakes. That's okay. But repeating the same kind of mistakes is not. Checklists are lifesavers when it comes to getting everything done correctly the first time. Ever gone camping without matches? Taken a sales order without turning it in? Held a meeting, but forgot to inform a key participant? Checklists are easy to create and simple to complete. Just make a list of all of the crucial elements that must be completed to be successful. Next, work your way down through the list -- item-by-item.

Following systems and checklists will help keep you out of trouble. Think of them as the big brother you never had.

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Today's Big Idea For Action is from the Organize Color: Minimize Mistakes by Following Checklists.

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Now, ask yourself the following three questions:

  1. Would you have avoided your last crisis if you had followed a simple checklist?
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  3. How would being more organized have softened your last fiasco?
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  5. What checklists will you put in place to reduce the crises that occur most often in your work?
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So, Are You Committed to Maximum Success?

Think about it. How well and how often do you actually do Organize Factor 8B? (Minimize Mistakes by Following Checklists.) No question, this is a major driver of personal and professional success.

A high commitment (8B rated 8 or better) suggests you avoid last-minute surprises and rarely repeat the same mistake twice. While it takes a discipline to complete each checklist, you've learned that it can be the perfect tool to keep you away from embarrassing and costly situations. By using a checklist, you rarely reach an important event without having exactly what you need close at hand. This simple skill saves you time and steps on everything from closing complex business deals -- to throwing big dinner parties.

Or not?

A lack of commitment suggests you are someone who believes it's easier to just "wing it" than live your life by any list. You may think of yourself as a big-picture kind of person -- too creative to write down a list of the steps (and stuff) needed to complete important projects. Maybe you are a little over-confident because you routinely perform the task at hand -- so you don't feel the need to check a list before proceeding. But like a pilot who doesn't "bother" with a take-off check list -- sooner or later -- you crash and burn.

What happens when you do Factor 8B more frequently?

You have more power. With a checklist in hand, you get it done right the first time -- every time.

You accumulate performance positives like "Thorough, Methodical and Conscientious" -- immediately moving you towards the results you expect.

What happens when you fail to consistently do Factor 8B?

You have less power. You can make huge, stupid mistakes when you don't follow short, simple checklists.

Negatives like "Careless, Haphazard and Forgetful" start to take their toll on your performance -- quickly moving you away from the success you want.

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Simple, right? Minimize Mistakes by Following Checklists.

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After all, this is what the MOST successful people in the world KNOW... inside out... top to bottom. Maybe you should have that level of clarity as well.

So, really, do you or don't you: Minimize Mistakes by Following Checklists.

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Remember, Today's TQ is IMPORTANT to your success... now and in the future: Minimize Mistakes by Following Checklists. We challenge you to find ways to take this Factor Action 3-4 times today.

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