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Daily Leadership Thought #181 – What Are Your Priorities?


It is impossible to be truly happy and successful in life without a strong sense of priorities.  There are no shortage of distractions competing for your attention.  It is easy to get out of balance and sidetracked by issues that are comparatively unimportant in the wide scheme of things.   Sadly, we often taken for granted people we shouldn’t and have a tendency to lose our perspective when we need it most.   Many people I meet struggle with guilt and regret over what they wish they would have done differently in certain areas of their life.  More often than not they are unhappy with how they prioritized their time, energy and attention. 

Strong priorities should be the foundation upon which you build your life.  I’ve often heard the saying if you want to know what a person values watch what they do rather than listening to what they have to say.  It’s much easier to understand a concept than put it into practice.  If you are not careful over time you will get further and further away from the person you wanted to be and life you imagined.  At first it happens subtly and gradually, however at the midpoint of life there is usually some type of catharsis or breakdown that spurs you into action and decision making that often isn’t healthy or productive (although we rationalize it at the time). 

I’d like to offer the following observations for your consideration and to help you gauge where you may need to reprioritize some things in your own life:

  • Intuitively, we all know the importance of family, but how many people do you know who sacrificed a marriage or healthy relationship with their children because of career pressures and/or selfish behaviors?
  • It no surprise that diet and exercise affect health and quality of life, but how many people do you know who fail to commit to a regular exercise schedule and pay minimal attention to what they eat and drink?
  • Friendships will always be key to your happiness yet how many of us allow close relationships to wither and die due to a lack of attention and effort?
  • Life can difficult and challenging at times and we all need something that grounds us and provides comfort, yet how many people do you known who avoid or minimize the effort they put into forming a spiritual /religious identity?
  • We all spend a considerable amount of time at work yet how many people do you know who continue to labor at a career that doesn’t inspire or motivate them?

Time is finite.  Once it’s gone it is gone.  So how you spend your time and energy is critical to the level of happiness and self-satisfaction you create in your life.  We all need basic priorities around family, health, friendships, spirituality and work that will allow us to make the best possible decisions given the time we have left.

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3 Responses

  1. […] Daily Leadership Thought #181 – What Are Your Priorities? (edrobinson.wordpress.com) […]

  2. Great post you put up here, containing great insights towards fulfillment in life. In deed it is funny how the conditioned identity of the society, can set up values upon things. Even the creation of time, past and future which is in essence non-existing. Can seem so important the conditioning makes us fear losing it.

    How can you lose something yourself created? – The illusion of fear.

    To reach beyond the earthly struggles an inner guide is available. It has an answer to every question you have. All it works for is for your awareness of what you are to be recognized.

    Yes, as you mention in the post; “It is impossible to be truly happy and successful in life without a strong sense of priorities.” I would go as far to say: Knowing who and what you are will bring your awareness of everlasting grace and peace. So why chose anything else?!

    This is the only decision you ever have to make and do seem to make in every moment: Love or Fear. There is nothing else to choose. In the end, it is what you are that will emerge for you to See!

    Words for contemplation.

    Live life today and be free.

    0 I Am – the love I See

  3. […] Daily Leadership Thought #181 – What Are Your Priorities? (edrobinson.wordpress.com) […]

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