Many people live well below their potential. It’s not that they don’t want a better life or do nothing to gain one—they simply don’t put their energy in a clear, consistent direction.

Maybe this describes you.

Perhaps you begin a new project with enthusiasm but easily become discouraged. Or you have exciting goals, but never seem to have the time to advance them. Everything winds up being “good enough” but never outstanding.

If you understand what I’m talking about, then here’s help. Focus on the following core attributes of a total quality life, and you will begin to make progress toward your dreams.


Expending effort doesn’t necessarily guarantee success, but not expending effort guarantees failure. Remember the old saying, “If it is to be, it’s up to me!”

What will you do today to make progress on your goals?


If you don’t feel excited about your project or idea, why would anyone else be? You cannot depend on others to motivate you or drum up interest in your next objective. You must generate the excitement and enthusiasm for what lies ahead.

What are you excited about today?


Here’s the truth: you need others. And they need you. Alone, you won’t get far, but with the help and encouragement of others, you can accomplish amazing things! The best way to gain encouragement is to be an encourager. Spread positive energy wherever you go. Catch people doing something right.

Who can you encourage, inspire, or reward today?


Hard work alone doesn’t bring results. You must put your energy in the right direction and do you work with efficiency and skill. The most obvious thing to do is not always the most effective, and the “way you’ve always done it” is almost certainly the least effective.

What one change could you make that would result in a 50 percent difference in your work?


Whatever your goal is, pursue it with excellence. You don’t have to be the best, just do your best. Be done with excuse making, procrastination, and complaining. Read 1 Corinthians 12:30 and be reminded of a “most excellent way.” Also, consistently put forth your best effort, and the results will amaze you!

Where do you need to improve the quality of your work right now?

You have dreams and goals, and I know you can achieve them. Give your best effort, encourage and inspire others, and do your work well. You will make it. I believe in you!

I’d like to hear from you. What’s your best advice for improving the quality of your life? Share your answer on Facebook or Twitter.



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Stan outlines the four main areas in which you need to achieve higher levels of effectiveness and satisfaction—thought life, physical well-being, asset management, and spiritual life. Loaded with proven principles and practical applications, Total Quality Life gives you the tools you need to nourish, maintain health, and grow in each of these four areas. The result will be increased levels of satisfaction, confidence, and effectiveness at work and at home.