“To change your life you need to change your priorities.” John C. Maxwell
Frustrated, demoralized, and unfulfilled we walk through our lives not making progress blaming others for our failure to reach our dreams. It’s always the circumstances, unfair rules, poor relationships, and someone who is holding us back from greatness. I must admit that I have found that there is something big that is handicapping our ability to ascend in our spiritual, career, family, and financial lives. That big hindrance is our priorities in life.
We are unable to accomplish our big audacious goals and make progress because we fill our time with things that don’t offer a return. The majority of our day we walk around distracted.
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Distractions From the Priorities in Life
From social media to television, there are so many things prying for our attention that it is not shocking that we often find ourselves sacrificing hours of our day and not accomplishing anything. A quick status update on Facebook transforms into a hour long scroll on the newsfeed where we see things that give us hope in humanity just to be followed by something that takes that joy away. Instagram allows us to freeze brief moments in time to chronicle our lives and things that are important to us, but this same tool shackles hours of our day.
The list goes on and on as we often trade out one distraction for another switching from Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat to Periscope to Twitter to the local news or prime time TV dramas. Don’t forget about Candy Crush, Subway Surfer, Flappy Bird, or whatever your game of choice is. We give priority to things that entertain but don’t change us.
How often have you wasted time and then felt guilty about it?
Ralph Waldo Emerson said this about the value of time. “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a successful life.”
Priorities are the level of importance given to the action that you take and how you spend your time throughout your day. It narrows down to what is important to you based on how you spend your time. For example, as a father one of my priorities is to provide for my family. For this reason, I go to work on a daily basis to ensure I earn sufficient income to meet their needs. Earning an income is a top priority. However, my income can be earned in many different ways. I can earn it through an hourly wage or I can earn it by completing writing projects. I have to prioritize my time to determine which of these methods will give me the greatest return of investment.
If reviewing your daily priorities on a pie chart the hope would be that distractions wouldn’t take up more than 30% of the active hours in a day. The sad reality for some is that they spend 60% or more of their day distracted. Our priorities are focused on things that don’t matter.
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