Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn’t fun any more.

| January 22, 2018


“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” ~ Nolan Bushnell

Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn't fun any more.
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All last week we talked about the power of planning, and the steps you must take to move your goals off the calendar and into your schedule.

This week we will discuss accelerating your success by helping you take bold ACTION to move your dreams off the page and into your life.

Study Nolan’s quote carefully. It tells you precisely what you must DO to be successful. (BTW This guy is very successful. In case you don’t recognize the name, he created the world’s first video games!)

My question to you today, as it was last week, “Are you now MOVING in the direction of your dreams?”

Are you living your MISSION?

If not, why not?

Movement requires you to take ACTION.

As I have been saying for the last three months, ACTION—not good intentions, excuses, explanations, reasons, self-imposed doubt, your comfort zone… whatever—is what it takes to transform your mission into clear goals… goals into rock-solid plans… and plans into a series of accomplishments.

How many ACTIONS do your goals see?

All month we talked about your goals and plans. Today, I want you to look at your Number One Goal again. What actions will you take to move closer to this goal in February?

Your Most Important Goal This Year:


Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn't fun any more. Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn't fun any more.

Specific Actions:


All this week, I want you to focus on TQ Factor 10C: “I break down complex tasks into immediately “do-able” steps.”

Understand the importance of this Factor of your performance and you are well on your way to tremendous success. Fail to heed the advice contained here, and your goals will have a very difficult time even seeing the light of day.

Powerful Actions—One Step at a Time…

Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn't fun any more. FACT: You will always produce better results, personally and professionally, when you break large tasks into a sequence of immediately “do-able” actions.

When seen in their entirety, complex projects appear too overwhelming.

However, even the most complex task is only a sequence of smaller, “do-able” steps that can be taken one at a time.

Isolate the individual steps, and begin them right away.

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~ Carl Sandburg

Factor 10C’s CONTRIBUTION to your performance…

A high commitment to this Factor of your performance suggests you are someone who gains immediate control over complex tasks by seeing them as a series of simple steps.

You work your way through big projects by reducing them to manageable tasks.

Rather than focus on the complexity of the interrelated objectives, you break each task down into its most basic parts—and get started right away.

This process gives you the confidence to take on the impossible because you know that success is as simple as completing one “do-able” step at a time.

Factor 10C’s COST to your success…

A lack of commitment to this area of your performance suggests you may have trouble taking action on complex projects. You may become easily confused by complex tasks and the apparent difficulty in achieving them.

By only seeing the big picture—in all its complexity—you tend to lose confidence in your ability to accomplish such a formidable endeavor.

Instead of breaking these tasks into individual steps, you remain mystified by the entire process—and delay indefinitely from taking that all-important first step.

The BENEFIT of choosing to do Factor 10C more frequently…

By reducing a complex task to a series of simple steps, you go from overwhelmed to full speed ahead in nothing flat.

Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn't fun any more. IMPORTANT: If you are starting to lose your commitment to your goals, pay attention!

The quickest way out of this trap is to listen to your Act Now CD again and identify ONE ACTION that you can take NOW to move in the direction of your dreams.

See Also: Take your TQ Test…

The Bottom Line.

The year is in full gear and moving fast. You need to learn to take bold action if you are going to move your most important 2018 goal off this page, and put it into your life.

There are now just a little over 11 months remaining to make 2018 your BEST year ever. I highly recommend that you choose just one area of your performance and improve it. Today.

If you haven’t already, right now is the perfect time to take a baseline assessment of your GOALS and your POWER to achieve them. I urge you to take the full 100 question TQ Test to the baseline where you are now… and what you will need to do differently to achieve your goals this year.
— E.R. Haas, CEO

Category: Personal Growth

About the Author ()

E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including,,,, 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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