Priorities. They exist in everyone’s life. Even if we do not define them or write them down, each of us have priorities. As an example, if you have a research paper to write, but instead are binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix, then, yes, you have priorities – they are just not in the right order. This is, however, something that many of us are guilty of. We procrastinate, we defer or we are just often flat-out lazy. We would rather have fun now instead of delaying this gratification for what is important or necessary. This leads us back to the ThreeFirsts conversation. Identifying these priorities allows us to build upon increased responsibility and accountability in order to accomplish those things that are important.
All that being stated, let’s round out this ThreeFirsts conversation by identifying our third priority in life. As a refresher, in the last two posts, we identified our first two priorities.
I identified my first priority as my faith.
My second priority is my family.
And now for my third priority in my life which is business.
As stated in previous posts, these priorities have many sub-themes or sub-topics. As my third priority, I am able to accomplish my career business goals utilizing proper perspective. Trust me, I am passionate about my business whether it is being an Accountability Partner, Coaching, Teaching or this Blog; however, the importance of these never usurp my faith and/or family.
Now, career and business do not have to be anywhere near your top three. As an example, you may be retired and career is the farthest thing from your mind. In this instance, you may have identified your health as a main priority. Or even a cause that is very important to you such as Feed My Starving Children or Convoy of Hope. (I mention those two organizations because I am passionate about their missions.) But no matter what your priorities are, it is important to identify them.
Ultimately, prior to accomplishing any goal or objective in life, it is important to take a step back in order to reflect on what is important to you and what drives you. Identifying your ThreeFirsts will also allow you to identify the passions in your life and even possibly where your talent lies.
If you take nothing away from the commentary in these posts, at the very least please be sure to identify your ThreeFirsts. They will help you as you encounter obstacles, roadblocks and setbacks. Life will present these types of challenges. And you will have to figure out ways “to go through them, go over them or go around them”. However these ThreeFirsts will allow you to remain grounded through all of life’s events.
Lastly, you will need to reassess these ThreeFirsts every so often in order to make sure you have them in the proper order so that they continue to line up with your ideals and morals. But make sure you hold them near and dear in order to keep you focused. I gave you my Three – I am look forward to reading your ThreeFirsts. Until then . . . Godspeed.