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Monday, March 8, 2010

Queen of Clubs

You must be a natural born U. S. citizen, at least 35 years old, and a minimum 14 year resident within the country to be President of the United States.

This position requires a Bachelors degree, 5 or more years of experience, and willingness to travel 25% of the time.

To be considered, a student must have at least a 4.8 G.P.A, SAT score of 2000, extracurricular activities, and 300 hours of community service.

What do the descriptions above have in common? They are examples of qualifications. Whether you want to be President, get your dream job, or win a prestigious college scholarship, you have to meet certain requirements. Most of us attempt to satisfy external qualifications to achieve our goals. Let's take a different approach this week. Establish qualifications that highlight the value of your accomplishments and relationships. Deal the Queen of Clubs to let someone know they have exceeded expectations. For example, your qualifications for a friend may be a sense of humor, bargain shopper, and good cook. Who do you know that fits that description? Don't assume that people realize their value to you. Let them know why they were promoted to an executive position in your life.

We are approaching the end of the first quarter of the year and a lot of people have already abandoned their New Year's resolutions. Instead of resolutions, focus on the qualifications that contribute to your purpose, progress, and positive pursuits. It is okay to deal the card to yourself as a reminder to stay focused and motivated. Don't disqualify yourself from the field because there is no one to monitor your pace and keep you on track. You are the best advocate for you.

What are your qualification questions for you and those who matter to you? Write them down and consider the responses. Are all qualifications equally important or are some more significant than others? If someone is an early riser with a sunny disposition, deal the Queen of Clubs and tell them they qualify to be the Morning Monarch. Since cheerfulness can be contagious, spread it with a smile. Maybe someone else recommends the best books, movies, or restaurants. They would definitely qualify to reign over the referral region.

Have fun with the Queen of Clubs and the qualifications you highlight. Remember to reflect what you require of others. If you meet the qualifications, it will inspire those you interact with to strive toward them.

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