Priorities...or priority?

Have you ever noticed that truly successful people, whether personally professionally, all have at least one thing in common?  They have a very clear sense of their priorities AND they align their lives around them on a consistent daily basis.  

Check this out, though.  The word  Priorities is an interesting word. Originally there was no plural form of the word priority. The origin of priority dates back to the 14th century where it simply meant the first or prime thing to be done or notice.  Think about it...if there is more than one, then it ceases to be primary.

Let’s make this a little more personal.  How about you? Do you wake up each day with a clear sense of what is first or primary (besides that first cup of coffee obviously)?

And if you don’t, how do you get to the place where you are really clear on what is most important, on what is priority?  

Taking it even further, how can we get to the place where that priority is so important to us that it compels us to get out of bed in the morning with a deep sense of purpose?

We can get there by answering some bigger and more foundational questions.  I’ll leave you with a few as I close…

  1. What do you want out of life? I mean, what is it that you really, really want?  In order to understand what is most important, you need to first understand what you really want out of life.  Maybe it’s wealth, popularity or acceptance. Maybe you really desire companionship in a certain relationship. Or maybe you have a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Whatever it is, take a few minutes to stop and reflect and honestly answer that question.  Take your time. I’ll wait :-)

  2. Bigger question...Why is that so important to you?  Be honest.

  3. And why is that important to you?

  4. And why is that important to you?

As John Maxwell has written, “When you find your why you find your way.”

The reason that truly successful people have such a clear sense of what is most important is that at an even deeper level they understand WHY that is so important to them.

And when you get clear on your “Why”, you gain a very powerful and added benefit.  You gain a clarity of purpose that serves as the overarching compass for every decision, every investment of money, every expenditure of time, every relationship you build, and every career path you choose.