Take Advice – You are facing some difficult challenges with a person or situation. You contact some individuals whom you respect and admire and say the four most courageous words in the English language: “I need your help”. They give you some valuable advice. Take the advice that you have been given and show your gratitude to them by taking decisive and meaningful action with clarity and confidence as soon as possible.
Take Care – You are spending so much time saying yes and meeting the needs of your family, friends, clients, customers and colleagues that you always tend to put yourself last. Then when you need someone or something, there seems to be no one there for you as they are not accustomed to you asking for their help and support. It’s time to take care of yourself and put your wants and needs first. This will require you to say no more often.
Take a Chance – You are offered a wonderful opportunity yet you feel reluctant to accept it. Once you have done the required due diligence, take a chance and see what a difference it makes in both your personal and professional lives.
Take Charge – You are sitting in a meeting with a group of clients, customers or colleagues and things are not going very well. Nothing is getting done as the discussion keeps going off on various tangents. You may not be the most senior person on the room but this is an opportunity to take charge and get things back on track. If you take charge, you get an opportunity to demonstrate your leadership capability and commitment to excellence.
Take Credit – You came up with an innovative idea, generated a cost-effective strategy and produced a flawless implementation. When it is time for recognition, take credit for your part and express gratitude and share the glory with the people who helped along the way.
Take a Hike – You have been stuck indoors for what seems like an eternity. You are trying to get work done but your mind continues to wander toward distraction. Get outside and take a hike for an hour and watch how focused, disciplined and productive you become.
Take a Moment – You are having the kind of day when everything seems to be going sideways. Nothing seems to be going right and everything seems to be wrong in your world. You can feel yourself getting more angry, frustrated and stressed. Before you react to a person or situation in a way that you will later regret, take a moment and move to another room and sit quietly for at least 10 minutes. Realize that you need to let go of today and that tomorrow will be a better day to deal with things.
Take Notes – You are meeting with a client, customer or colleague. Bring a pen and notebook, indicate that you will take notes, prepare a summary of what was discussed and send it as soon as possible after the meeting. You will listen and retain more actively and attentively and your client, customer or colleague will be grateful for your efforts.
Take Notice – You are walking down the street on a beautiful warm and sunny day, your eyes are looking down and your mind is eagerly awaiting the next text or e-mail that is sure to arrive any second. Shut off your phone for 10 minutes. Take notice of the people who are walking by and toward you, really listen to sounds of the birds and the noise of the traffic and conversations that surround you and look closely at the trees, the buildings and the store windows. They could provide you with the seeds of some very profitable ideas.
Take Responsibility – You have been working day and night, burning the candle at both ends and devoting all of your time to a project or initiative. The day of implementation arrives and things do not go according to plan. While it may be easy to point the finger of blame at others, take responsibility and let its weight rest squarely on your shoulders. See the failure as a valuable lesson and the setback as the start of a successful comeback.
Take Stock – You have a long to do list that seems to be growing by the minute. Before you do one more thing, take stock of the items on the list and their priority. Review each item and decide which are still valid and applicable and which can be delayed or deleted. Prioritize the remaining items on the list and then focus on doing one thing at a time.
Take Time – You are feeling nervous and uncomfortable about doing or saying something. You want to get it over with quickly so the temptation is to rush through it to get it done and hope for the best result. Instead, take as much time as you need to prepare carefully and completely for what you are going to do or say, take your time when you are actually doing or saying and you will undoubtedly get the best result.