What are your top 3, most critical activities?

| June 19, 2017


“Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.” ~ Eileen Caddy

All last week we talked about passion, purpose and mission.

Yes, it is essential that you KNOW your purpose in life.

Yes, it is essential that you LIVE your purpose.

Until you do, you are spending the one life you have to live on things that simply don’t matter.

Once you understand this… once you commit to this… once you make the determination that you WILL live your purpose… the question becomes “HOW?”

Just how in the world am I going to make this happen?

There is a way. I promise!

A Short TQ Review…

This week, I am going to give you the best advice you will receive anywhere. I am going to tell you EXACTLY how to achieve success in multiple areas of your life: career, relationships, business, sales, financial, family, etc.

This will be NEW thinking to ALL of you who haven’t called me on the phone and got one of my “mini-lectures” on what you need to do NOW to instantly achieve better results… in whatever area is causing you “issues”!

(In case you are wondering, my professional advice doesn’t come cheap. My fees run up to $10,000 a day. Better, my clients get WAY more than they pay for!)

Before I get you fully engaged in a new idea, I want you to take a couple of minutes to think about where you are—Right Now—as we head towards the Memorial Day weekend.

I like to use Memorial Day to benchmark where we are with respect to achieving the GOALS we set for ourselves way back in January.

Answer honestly… Yes or No…

( ) YES, I am on track for achieving my top 3 goals this year.

( ) NO, I am still struggling.


Do You Have The Power?

As we have been saying all year long, achieving your goals comes down to turning your dreams into tangible OBJECTS upon which you can apply POWER. If you do not achieve “tangibility”, you have no need for power.

Great IDEAS remain great ideas, until you turn the idea into something PHYSICAL.

You can have massive personal power. But if you dissipate it each day pursuing the ephemeral, all your power is wasted.

It is simply dissipated as HEAT into the universe. (It’s called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Heat simply goes out to ENTROPY.)

This is not some abstract concept. It is WHY some people succeed brilliantly, while others simply use up their power… confusing EFFORT with RESULTS.

You must GENERATE power.
You must HARNESS your power.
You must APPLY that power.

What are your top 3, most critical activities? As we say in our Make Plans Personal Workshop, a GOAL without a PLAN is merely a WISH without a HOPE.

If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to review your Make Plans workbook, listen to your Make Plans CD and get with the FULL PROGRAM if you don’t already have these valuable tools.

Tomorrow I will tell you precisely HOW to harness your POWER… to make absolutely certain that little of your efforts go up in smoke.

Until then, take 10 minutes today to think about the key ACTIVITIES in which you are engaged each day. To be successful in whatever it is that you do, what are your PRIME activities?

My PRIME Career Activities:

1) ______________________________
2) ______________________________
3) ______________________________

What are your top 3, most critical activities?
What are your top 3, most critical activities?

Time Horizon: Today.

Now ask yourself a basic question. How well do you actually PERFORM these key activities:

( ) Excellent… ( ) Good… ( ) Fair… ( ) Poor… ( ) No Clue What’s Expected

The Key to Success…

There is an extremely simple way to look at your life… career… relationships… family… business… and hobby/outside interests to determine if you will be successful or not.

In fact, I use this idea to forcast exactly how successful I will be at whatever I do. It takes less than 5 minutes, and pays huge dividends.

Simply write down the 3 most important ACTIVITIES you must engage in to be a success at what you are attempting.

Take out your Personal Time Prism Bookmark (from Chapter 6 of The Power of TQ) and run through your 10 Colors.


My 3 Prime Activities:




My Personal Power…

What are your top 3, most critical activities?

The Key to Success: High TQ Performance…
High Expectations ~ Brilliant Execution


If you have the POWER to do the activities successfully… the power to take the necessary ACTIONS to engage in those 3 prime activities… you will be successful. If you don’t you won’t.

For example…

If your sales career depends on 1) getting in front of five new “faces” each week… 2) making 200 phone calls each week… and 3) training 2 other people to engage in these same 3 Prime Activities… you have just identified and isolated the key to success in that role.

Now, all you need to do is just DO it. Which is a POWER issue.

Do you have the physical ENERGY level to get in front of those new people?

Is your ATTITUDE positive enough to make those phone calls?

Are your ORGANIZE and OPTIMIZE Colors strong enough for you to engage in the all-important training activities?

Do you have a PLAN for finding 5 new faces each week? Sounds simple but we’re talking 250 new people this year!

How’s your Act Now Color? Strong enough to make this happen… not once in awhile… but consistently for the next 3-5 years until you are at the pinnacle of your career?

If not, you can have ZERO expectation of success. Simply won’t happen.


Because you lack the raw, results-producing POWER to achieve the RESULTS required.

You now have a very simple choice: INCREASE your POWER… or, walk away from those 3 Prime Activities.

Do NOT delude yourself into believing that you will be successful overall, when you can’t be a success at the 3 Prime Activities.

You can find success beyond your hopes and dreams if you follow this advice. Fail to heed it, and you will not only fail, but miserable while you are trying.

Unfortunately, I know this first hand. Way too often did I just blunder into this success trap… not recognizing the 3 Prime rule.

Now, before I take on any new commitment, I take out pen and paper and ask the most basic success question of all…

What exactly is EXPECTED of me? What are the 3 Prime Activities in which I must be fully engaged for this to be successful?

If I don’t currently have the power, I have to seriously question the undertaking. Can I get the power when needed? What are the consequences of failing to perform the 3 Prime Activities?

Will these 3 Prime Activities lead to living my best life now? Or, will I simply crash and burn because I didn’t have the power to perform up to expectations.

What are the 3 Prime Activities that control your life? Do you have the Power? Can you get it?

These are tremendously important questions. Pay very close attention!

The Bottom Line…

Living your purpose, on purpose, is not just a catch-phrase.

It is a mandate.

It’s why Kent, I and the entire Team TQ are here…

To help you live your life with passion and purpose… to help you better use your God-given TALENTS… to help you turn your talents into powerful SKILLS… and to use those skills to achieve your greatest GOALS and aspirations.

This week, we are going to challenge your skills, and teach you an entirely new way of looking at your life… by looking at the elemental things you do each day. — E.R. Haas, CEO


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E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including ThinkTQ.com, IntentionalExcellence.com, MyBizIQ.com, MyBelieversGuide.com, MarriageWithPurpose.com and hundreds of others.E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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