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Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

"If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness." ~ Les Brown 

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Can You See The Silver Lining?

There are experiences that are pleasurable and ones that are painful, but there are no "bad" experiences. You may have to look harder sometimes for the good, but every experience can be a valuable teacher.

There are facts, and then there's your interpretation of these facts. The actions you take -- and the results you produce -- are completely dependent on how you see the facts. You can focus on the best in every situation or you can focus on the worst. There's a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem. Interpret the facts negatively and you're left with little power and fewer opportunities. Change your point of view and you're empowered to create the best results possible -- no matter the circumstance.

Shift your perspective today to recognize every experience as something of value -- an opportunity for growth, a lesson learned or a chance to move in a new direction. Look for the opportunity.

Today's Idea For Action is from the TQ Attitude Color: Look for the Best in Every Situation -- the Opportunity in Every Problem.

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  1. What's the most valuable part of your present assignment?
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  3. Which of your "bad" experiences are in need of a new interpretation?
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  5. How could eliminating the word "bad" from your interpretations free up the way you will approach your activities and interactions today?
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So, Just How Committed to High Achievement Are You?

Think about it. How well and how often do you actually do Attitude Factor 3E? (Look for the Best in Every Situation -- the Opportunity in Every Problem.) No question, this is a major driver of personal and professional success.

A high commitment (3E rated 8 or better) suggests that even in the middle of everything going wrong, and nothing going right, your reaction is to still look for the best you can salvage from the situation. You understand that not everything is going to work out exactly as you would like. When you're not happy with a situation, you rise above the circumstances and find a way to improve it. You can take numerous rejections without giving up. When you do not first succeed, you see it as a learning opportunity, and go out and do better next time.

Or not?

A lack of commitment suggests you are someone who has few skills for getting through the tough times. You don't look for the silver linings during hard times. Instead, you tend to see what's wrong rather than what's right. Your first reaction is to judge people and situations from a negative or critical perspective. It takes you a long time to get over setbacks and rejections. When taken to the extreme, you see life as one big problem that you have to suffer through. When you do not first succeed, you usually just give up.

What happens when you do TQ Factor 3E more frequently?

You have more power. A mistake or a setback is a chance to do better the next time. You thrive on chaos.

You accumulate performance positives like "Optimistic, Undaunted and Hopeful" -- immediately moving you towards the results you expect.

What happens when you fail to consistently do TQ Factor 3E?

You have less power. Your only response to mistakes and setbacks is to try to suffer through them.

Negatives like "Pessimistic, Critical and Depressed" start to take their toll on your performance -- quickly moving you away from the success you want.

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