Where we place our focus is where we will spend most of our time.
If you are anything like me, there are times when my focus and perspective needs restoring. I’m constantly trying to discover better ways of being a server of my Creator, son, brother, husband, father, friend, and worker. In our world, it is easy to come short of managing all these responsibilities. In today’s blog, I want to discuss how manage the many daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly responsibilities you may have personally and professionally.
Asking The Right Question
When it comes to making your life successful, there are many appropriate and fitting questions you may ask yourself. However, there is one question with high priority.
DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
Why is this one question so important? Reflect back on how many times you have experienced defeat in an area of your life. Once you look back, you will find most of your defeats stemmed from improper focus or perspective.
You need to ask yourself this question because you need good perspective and you need to set your priorities straight. It is important to set priorities. This is why setting priorities is part of just about every goal writing philosophy. You may find yourself majoring on things of low priority if you are not intentionally differentiating between things of high and low priority in your life.
You will bring more focus and perspective to your life if you will only ask this one simple question, DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
Setting Our Priorities Straight
When you ask yourself DOES IT REALLY MATTER, you will discover that so many things we commit to DON’T REALLY MATTER!
We all have think, prioritize, and focus differently. However, there are general ideas and thoughts that should matter to all of us such as God, family, and your health. You may add a few more items to your high priority list, but for the most part our high priority list will be short.
Once you have made your short list of high priority items, then decide if your decision will negatively or positively affect each high priority item. With this information, find a way to dedicate the majority of your time and efforts to improving those high priority items.
I’m not telling you to ignore everything else in your life. However, if you don’t focus on high priority items, you may find it meaningless to even tackle the low priority items. Focus on the high priority items will bring a sense of peace, satisfaction, success, and fulfillment that nothing else in this life will be able to give you.
In addition to your focus on the high priority items, you will discover yourself paying closer attention and improving with the low priority items.
Next time you have a decision or commitment to make, please ask the simple question of DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
I leave you with a quote from Stephen Covey,
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”