I once heard someone say, “Priorities are what gets done. Everything else is just talk.” You have the time for all your priorities. You just have to make time. Not by balancing your priorities, but by integrating your life.
When I say integrating, I am talking about the opposite of compartmentalizing. When you see your life as a whole—and not the sum of parts—then you will better be able to make time for what is important. Besides, you will never be able to achieve balance in your life. Something will always outweigh everything else in your schedule. But if you integrate your life, you can make time for what is important to you.
Here’s how you can integrate your life to make time for your priorities.
If someone looked at your life, what would they say your priorities are? I’m not asking what you say your priorities are. I’m asking if what you say and what they say would match.
Do you live the way you say is important to you? If you say your family is important to you, would your family agree with that? If you say your team is important to you, would they see it in your actions?
Here’s how you can find out if your priorities match what you say they are—and what you can do if they don’t.
Have you ever started something that you didn’t finish? Did you wish later that you had kept at it? You have the ability to take on new things and finish them. You just need to make sure that you don’t quit.
I know that sounds easier said than done. But you can develop the ability to see things through. You can achieve things you never thought possible. But it requires staying power. And it requires that you don’t quit.
Here’s a three step process to help make sure you finish what you start and not quit.
Despite the pigeon holes that people will put you into, you don’t have to be the same person in ten years that you are right now. You have the privilege to change. But the question is: do you believe you can change?
You may agree on an intellectual level that you can change. But how about on a practical level? Do you really believe you could become the person you want to be?
Here are twenty questions in five areas to ask yourself to see if you believe you can change.
How do you get better at what you do? You don’t have to change yourself in a day. All that’s necessary is incremental improvement. Just one step at a time.
Remember Aesop’s fable about The Tortoise and The Hare? It’s not about being the fastest. It’s about consistently getting better.
Here are three ways you can focus on incremental improvement in what you do every day.
Does your work have meaning to you? Do you get up each day excited about what you get to do that day? Or are you wishing you had more meaningful work to do?
Just passing the time at what we do each day can be frustrating at best and deadening at worst. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can live each day having meaningful work to do. And here’s how.
You cannot learn how to lead others effectively until you have learned how to lead yourself effectively. That’s why it’s helpful periodically to perform a self-leadership checkup.
You have people who rely on you for leadership. Whether it’s your family or your firm, there are people who look to you for guidance. So you owe it to them to know how to lead yourself.
But most people do not know who they are, what’s important to them, or how they want to live their lives. As a result, they don’t know how to lead themselves. And they don’t know how to lead others either.
Here’s a list of 25 questions you can use to perform a self-leadership checkup. So you can know how to lead yourself. And how to lead others.
A strategic plan is a necessity for any business endeavor. I have seen the value it provides for client organizations and companies I have worked with. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Bruce had to say.
Bruce chairs a nationwide association. At a panel discussion he and I were on together at their national conference, he talked about the strategic planning process I had led for him and his board. And he told the members at that session that he would be remiss if he did not encourage all of them to have a strategic plan.
If that still doesn’t convince you, then here are three reasons why you should prepare a strategic plan.
Do you have your priorities in the right place? Is what you say is most important to you really what is most important to you?
We all have good intentions. But we also know that the road to hell is paved with those good intentions. So are we really putting our priorities into practice?
Here is a quick three-step test to find out if you are putting your priorities into practice.
There are always things about ourselves that we want to change. Maybe it’s how much we weigh. Or how much we sleep. Or how often we take vacations. But we will only change those things about ourselves if we change the person we will become.
It’s not easy to change. We tend to resist it. Even when we are the ones who are trying to initiate it. The odds are that we will not change—or at least not change much.
You will be the same person in ten years that you are right now—unless you change these three things.