Make It a Priority
Many of us take each day as it comes and then seem surprised to find where life has taken us. Consider this: Do you prioritize the areas of your life and make decisions based on those priorities? Or do you go with the flow — and leave everything to chance?
The key is to know what matters most to you and be unwilling to compromise those priorities at almost any price. As Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
Are Your Priorities in Order?
Here are 11 guideposts to keep in mind:
Make time. Take the time to set your priorities — it won’t happen by itself.
Keep the process simple. Select priorities based on sound reason rather than a complicated formula.
Think beyond today. Ensure that your priorities withstand the test of time. Although priorities should be written in ink rather than erasable pencil, remember that they can be changed at any time.
Make the hard choices. Determine what matters most to you. If everything’s a priority, then nothing’s a priority.
Invest your resources wisely. Resources are finite. When you overcommit your time or spread your resources too thin, you fail to dedicate the attention that your priorities deserve.
Maintain your focus. Accept the fact that you can’t do everything well. Trying to be all things to all people leads to mediocrity.
Get ready to sacrifice. Choices have consequences. Saying “no” to one thing allows you to say “yes” to another.
Maintain balance. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance. While this may sound simple, it’s not easy.
Make joint decisions. Discuss your goals with your loved ones. If priorities are aligned, you won’t work at cross-purposes.
Learn to say “no.” Remember that subtracting from your list of priorities is as important as adding to it.
Get a reality check. Give yourself a periodic check-up to ensure that you’re on course.
It’s so easy to lose sight of our priorities and to veer off course in life. We let trivia overwhelm us, permit distractions to sidetrack us, and accept other people’s priorities as our own. Before you know it, a day turns into a week; a week turns into a month; and a year turns into a lifetime. Before we can say “do-over,” we open our eyes and wish we could live some of it over again. But unfortunately, there are no dress rehearsals in life. If you want to wind up at the right destination, you must know where you’re heading from the start. Make it a priority!
Are Your Priorities in Order?
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Mari Alonso says
This article has so many good suggestions that it would be good for me to print and keep with me for reference. These are great reminders to keep us focused on what really matters to us. Truthfully, more than a few I will need to work on. Thank you for sharing.
Frank Sonnenberg says
I’m so glad you like the post 🙂
It’s so important to focus on the things that really matters to us. Otherwise we may regret it one day.
Thanks for taking the time to write.