Last week we talked about priorities from the point of view of a business owner in, “I’m Too Busy” – The Biggest Obstacle to Success. This week we’ll take a different view on priorities.
This version is often expressed in terms of “I don’t have time….” or “I wish I could…”
- I don’t have time to go to the gym.
- I wish I could spend more time with my kids.
- I don’t have time to make a healthy meal.
- I wish I had time to learn to play an instrument.
- I wish I could stick to a healthier eating plan.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about priorities and determination. When you truly want to do something it will move up your priority list all on it’s own and you’ll find a way to do it. The key word is “Truly”.
Dieters and smokers are two great examples: they frequently say they want to lose weight or want to quit smoking but they don’t actually do it. Don’t get me wrong, they frequently try but they often don’t have the resolve – they don’t want it bad enough. They want to lose weight but they want to eat out with their friends more. They want to quit smoking but they need to placate their addiction more. On a positive note, it’s the act of failing multiple times that helps build the resolve to actually get it done. This is often why people have to try multiple times in order to be successful.
Resolve and determination also comes into play with people who want to get in shape, learn to play an instrument, or run a marathon. Most people who want to do any of these can – if they are willing to put in the time and effort and make it a priority.
Do you realize that one hour equals just 4% of a day?
It brings to mind one of my favourite quotes by Confucius – “One who wants to do something will find a way. One who doesn’t will find an excuse.”
One more thing to consider – do you realize that the most successful person you know gets the same number of hours each day as you? We all get 24 hours. It’s how you allocate your time and choose your priorities that makes all the difference.
Next Week: Priorities in Your Personal Life
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