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Sunday, May 24, 2020.

"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can." ~ Willis Whitney 

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An Out-Of-Focus Camera Takes Lousy Pictures.

To reach your goal, concentrate your energy. Don't spread yourself thin by wasting your effort on peripheral issues.

One of your most effective time management skills is the ability to say "No." Courteously and judiciously, of course. You can't do it all, and do it all well. Having a specific use for your time -- at every point in time -- increases your motivation to say NO to "nonscheduled opportunities" or less valuable distractions. There's no such thing as unlimited resources. This is especially true of time. You can push your limits, but to be the most productive possible, know when enough is enough.

One concentrated effort rejuvenates you for the next, as it brings both relief and a sense of accomplishment. Make this an accomplished, concentrated day.

Today's Idea For Action is from the TQ Optimize Color: Say "NO" to Some Things to Have More Time for the Right Things.

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  1. Are you focused on a single objective right now?
  3. Which activity can you afford to give only your partial attention?
  5. In the next hour, what will receive your undivided attention?
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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 Optimize Factor 9C? (Say "NO" to Some Things to Have More Time for the Right Things.) No question, this is a major driver of personal and professional success.

A high commitment (9C rated 8 or better) suggests you are someone who guards your limited time, and dedicates it to what you want to accomplish the most. With only 24 hours in a day, you know there isn't time to do it all. It's not that you don't want to. However, you've learned that you can't be at your best when you are pulled in too many directions at the same time. You know which of your roles are most important, so you keep your immediate and long-term goals for these roles in sight at all times. With these priorities in mind, you choose to give up some things -- as desirable as they may be -- to devote more time to what's most important to you.

Or not?

A lack of commitment suggests you are someone who is constantly on the run -- just trying to keep up. Your calendar is filled with a host of unrelated activities. You've never learned to say NO to new "opportunities" or requests from others. You do your best to juggle your commitments -- and frequently measure your success by just showing up -- even if you're not fully prepared. You know you could do better -- if ONLY you had more time. There is always something else you should be doing -- and the stress associated with trying to get everything done -- never seems to go away.

What happens when you do TQ Factor 9C more frequently?

You have more power. By focusing on fewer projects, you have more time to improve or complete the ones remaining.

You accumulate performance positives like "Concentrated, Judicious and Focused" -- immediately moving you towards the results you expect.

What happens when you fail to consistently do TQ Factor 9C?

You have less power. When you're spread too thin, you can't give your best to anything.

Negatives like "Overcommitted, Scattered and Ineffective" start to take their toll on your performance -- quickly moving you away from the success you want.

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