Keep First Things First
“The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life. ” ~ David Jakeilo
Sometimes life controls us instead of us controlling our life. It is vital to periodically stop and take an accounting of our priorities lest we fall prey to the tyranny of the urgent. When we allow this to happen it is usually effects those closest to us in a negative way. Your priorities will be determined by your value system. However, I would encourage anyone to think long and hard before they put their career at the top of their priority list. Life passes all too quickly and you know the old saying, “You never see a hearse towing a Uhaul.” The “stuff” stays behind. Our real legacy remains behind in the lives of those we impacted along the way.
For me, my priorities are my faith, my marriage, my family, then my career. It seems when I keep things in that order, my life is really great. When my priorities shift, my life can go into a tailspin in nothing flat. When I see the very first tell tale sign that I’ve gotten myself out of sync, I stop and do a quick self evaluation and invariably I find that my priorities have gotten misplaced.
Keeping your priorities in order is like a pilot keeping his eye on the Altitude Indicator to make sure that the plane is flying level. Remember to do regular “Priority Checks.”