Is that really your P1? (The Law of Priorities)

“LEADERS understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment” – John Maxwell

Take a look around you, right this moment, and you’ll see the results of your past priorities. Whatever has been most important to you, whatever has been the focus of your time and commitment, has come to pass.  Whether you like the results or not, the fact is that you’ve definitely achieved results.

Most of the people out there are simply busy. They run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to get the stuff done. To their own surprise, the more they get done, the more stuff that needs to be done appears. It’s kind of frustrating. It feels like you climb over one mountain just to find another one. And then another one.

You might be in this situation where you aren’t sure anymore whether you want to keep running in circles.  Or you might be in the situation where you tap into excuses to keep on going in this direction – to please others around you, to prove something to yourself or to add another trophy to your collection.

Then there’s another group of people. This group has simply given up. They no longer try. They’re tired of proving something to themselves or others.

No matter what group you’re in, the Law of Prioritization is for you.

  • Lesson 1 – Busyness doesn’t equal productivity. Activity is not accomplishment.
  • Lesson 2 – Be intentional about constantly reviewing where you’re going, what’s going on, where you need to direct your focus and then align all of these pieces into an action plan.
  • Lesson 3“If the first thing you do every morning is eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen the rest of the day.” Prioritizing will cause you to do things that are uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. Once you implement this law into your daily routine, you will discover that to move ahead, you need to improve, step out of your comfort zone, change some of your habits and do what it takes to get the right things done.

If you’re satisfied and fulfilled by where you are, you know what it took to get there and you can continue cheerfully along the same path. If you’re not completely pleased with the results of your past priorities, the first thing to do is change those priorities.

Every moment of every day you are committed to something. When enough of those moments are focused on a particular priority, on a particular possibility, that possibility becomes a reality.

The question now is, what results would you like to achieve next?  Aim your focus, aim your commitment, aim your priorities, aim the efforts of each moment in the direction of those results, and they will most certainly happen.

“We always have enough time, if we will but use it right.” – Wolfgang Von Goethe

Check out this video from The Matrix:

I like to use the above example when I look at boxes people put themselves into.  There actually is no box.  It’s just you.  You need to either reinvent the box or get rid of it.  This is how my parents did it, this is how we’ve always been doing it, this is how I’ve always done it, this used to work before, this is what works for them or it’s company policy – ALL BOXES.  Get rid of the box!

You and your unique strengths is YOU. It doesn’t matter what works for others or what used to work in the past. What matters is who you are and what will work for you. What is important for you? Choose to do things YOUR way!

Creating a regular routine for reviewing your priorities and setting goals that align with your priorities is a critical step to maximizing the 24 hours you have in your day.

H5H Action Step:

We all have 24 hours in our day.  So we really just need to ask ourselves the following three questions.

  • What is required?
  • What gives the greatest return?
  • What brings the greatest reward?

As you evaluate your responsibilities and priorities for your role in our organization, answer those three questions in an email to your Multi Unit Manager.  Don’t stop there.  Once you have responded, now answer them for your personal life.

5P’s!  Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

Lead The Way!