There is a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem.

| April 2, 2018

There is a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem.

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

There is a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem.
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No question, having Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Tangible Goals is critical to success. Last week we discussed the importance of SMART Goals to your career, family, community, and company.

Once you set your goals, they must be pursued with passion, dedication, and enthusiasm.

This requires a positive and proactive attitude—during the heat of the battle—as well as the lull in the action.

Nothing will torpedo your chance at success faster than a poor attitude.

You can have clear and tangible goals, with the best-laid plans in the world, but if you poison the well from which opportunity springs, you’ve just killed your future.

Think about it.

Passion, Possibilities, and Positivity. They go hand-in-hand.

These three words are what generate BELIEVABILITY in your dreams and goals.

Is BELIEVABILITY a problem for you?

Attitude is about believability—believing in yourself, your goals, your organization and your future.

A bad attitude TODAY leads to the loss of limitless FUTURE opportunities—opportunities that could have propelled you to new heights and vistas.

Please take some time today to think about your Number One Goal for 2018.

While SMART, this goal will not come EASY.

Look at this goal in light of the next 270 days attempting to GRIND you down. What are you going to do to maintain POSITIVITY?

My Number 1 Goal This Year…

Specific: ________________________________
Measurable: _____________________________
Achievable: ______________________________
Realistic: ________________________________
Tangible: ________________________________

There is a problem in every opportunity and an opportunity in every problem.

My Time Horizon: December 31, 2018

The Power of TQ Factor 3E…

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.

Important Ideas For Action…

No question, High TQ Performance is the key to the success you desire, however you define it: Wealth… Power… or Happiness. This is not just marketing hype, but an observation that comes from tens of millions of data points at It is as close to FACT as you will ever find.

One of the big drivers of High TQ Performance is your Attitude—how POSITIVE you are… how OPTIMISTIC you are… how ENTHUSIASTIC you are… how much raw BELIEVABILITY you have in your goals.

This week, pay very close attention to your ATTITUDE. What are you telling yourself with your self-talk? Is it mostly POSITIVE… or frequently NEGATIVE?

The following Ideas for Action from our Attitude Personal Workshop represent some of the best thinking on the planet about getting SPECIFIC about your goals. Each is designed to inspire and motivate you to actually do TQ Factor 3E a great deal more frequently.

Keep in mind, however, that they will remain ideas until you put them into action.

“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

Factor 3E’s CONTRIBUTION to your performance…

A high commitment to this Factor of your performance 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.

Factor 3E’s COST to your success…

A lack of commitment to this area of your performance 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.

The BENEFIT of doing Factor 3E:

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 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.

The Bottom Line…

Without a POSITIVE and PROACTIVE ATTITUDE, you are just spinning your wheels, confusing effort with results.

Tune Into your ATTITUDE. Turn it ON. Turn it UP!

As you go through the rest of the month, take a hard look at your life. Don’t filter your observations through the “good enough” lens. Expect more!

Imagine what your life will be like when you are actually living what’s most important to you.


If you haven’t already, right now is the perfect time to take a baseline assessment of your EXCELLENCE FACTOR. 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


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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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