Friday Review: Priorities

FRIDAY REVIEW: PRIORITIES

What are your priorities? How do you prioritize your priorities? Here are a few priority-related posts you may have missed. Click the links to read the full message.

 

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”

 

 

“The essence of self discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.”

 

 

 

“My brain has too many tabs open.”

 

 

 

 

 

Act Nothing in Furious Passion

“Act nothing in furious passion. It’s putting to sea in a storm.”

—Thomas Fuller, 15th Century English historian

Image of a boat in rough waters

Image from SafeHavenMarine

Except for the Coast Guard and maybe a few king crab fishermen, no one in their right mind would intentionally go to sea in a storm.

Being “lost at sea” in a toxic relationship is something we all want to avoid.

Stormy relationships, personally and professionally, are often the result of disagreements that rarely work out well for either party. You can see this destructive force in action with a quick look at the great wars, and even our current political state of affairs.

EXERCISE:

Consider the thought, “When Furious, Get Curious” to work out any stormy disagreements to navigate toward calmer seas.

How Can I Help

“How Can I Help?”

—Author Unknown

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Being helpful and serving others is one of the most satisfying ways to spend our days. Such acts give our days meaning and purpose.

Unfortunately, our efforts to help and serve others do not always result in positive outcomes and the appreciation we hope to receive.

Why do so many of us get this wrong by solving other’s problems, providing advice, or doing the job ourselves?

The quick answer is that our authentic gesture was not seen in the light of helpfulness we intended.

EXERCISE:

Consider the direct approach of asking others, “How can I help?”  This will allow you to see through their lens of contribution and hit the bulls-eye of helpfulness every time.

Initiative is to Success

“Initiative is to success what a lighted match is to a candle.”

—Orlando A. Battista, 20th-Century Canadian-American chemist & author

Image of a lit match

Image from Flickr by Rob Howard

Today’s quote suggests that initiative can be a spark of life, leading us to a brighter future.

What, for you, is the value and importance of getting the ball rolling on your key professional and personal priorities, rather than taking a laid-back, “wait and see” approach?

Many hesitate, thinking, “What if it doesn’t work?” or “What if I embarrass myself and look foolish in taking such a risk?”

If you have these thoughts, consider instead what it would be like if it worked out just as you hoped. What is the likelihood you would wish you had taken the initiative sooner?

EXERCISE:

Where are you currently hesitating or procrastinating on an important matter in your life? What act of initiative that supports a brighter future will you take within the next 24 hours?

What Seemed Best Each Day

“I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came.”

—Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

image of the ocean with today's quote superimposed

A state of calm centeredness came over me when I read today’s quote. My first thought was “I can do that!”

Many of us experience overwhelm in the enormity of all that must be done in our lives. Far too often we are exhausted by the end of the day, and frustrated by not having achieved what we intended. We then add insult to injury by throwing in our own negative commentary.

Alternatively, being satisfied with our best, which can differ from day to day, grants a peaceful and accepting sense of our humanity, and what Brené Brown would call the “Gifts of Imperfection.”

EXERCISE:

How would taking your life one day at a time, doing your best regardless of what happens, be the source of a happier and more fulfilling life?

Friday Review: Resourcefulness

FRIDAY REVIEW: RESOURCEFULNESS

How resourceful are you? Here are a few resourcefulness-related posts you may have missed. Click the links to read the full message.

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”

 

 

 

“I not only use the brains I have, I use all the brains I can borrow.”

 

 

 

 

“I’m no longer sure what the question is, but I do know that that answer is ‘Yes.’

 

 

 

 

He can Compress the Most Words

“He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas better than any man I ever met.”

—Abraham Lincoln, referring to a lawyer

Image saying "Effective Communication = big ideas expressed in small words"

How would you like to be the one talked about in today’s quote?

In a world in which efficient and effective communication is paramount to keeping up with or staying ahead of the pack, this characteristic won’t do.

One of my clients is an expert in the area of cyber-security. He has an amazing ability to communicate big and important ideas on this complex subject in simple, everyday language we can all understand. As you might guess, he has a line of people at his door, hoping he can help them navigate their cyber-security minefields.

EXERCISE:

What changes can and will you make in your communication efforts to pack the biggest ideas into the smallest word packages to better realize the levels of achievement and success you desire?

Happiness Lies in the Joy of Achievement

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

Image of a man surrounded by bubbles

Image from Unsplash by Brandon Morgan

If I could go back in time, and Roosevelt had asked me for coaching on this statement, I would have encouraged a bit of editing.

What if it instead read, “Happiness lies in the joy of creative effort and the thrill of achievement”?

I suggest that the time we spend in our creative efforts could comprise the bulk of our days, whereas the thrill of achievement is often more finite and short-lived.

EXERCISE:

Where and in what ways can and will you use and apply your most creative and joyful efforts to realize the thrilling achievements and happiness you desire?

Life Gets Better When You Get Better

“Your life only gets better when you get better.”

—Brian Tracy

Image of man with thermometer in his mouth

Image from Flickr by Bart

Personal and organizational development are multi-billion dollar industries. It is estimated that the coaching profession is somewhere near the three billion dollar mark.

What causes this trend to continue pointing upward?

Perhaps it is simply that we all desire better lives, and that bettering ourselves is the easiest way to influence and control our own destiny.

When we work on bettering ourselves, we give our lives direction and set forth goals to pursue and achieve. This “creative tension” literally pulls, or draws us, to the realization of a better future.

EXERCISE:

Where can you or are you actively working on yourself to realize the better life you desire? Consider discussing this question with a coach, mentor, or close friend who will hold your feet to the fire and increase your chances of success.

Watch What You Say Life Might be Listening

“Watch what you say. Life might be listening.”

—Author Unknown

Image of a calculator and a balance sheet

Image from rentvine.com

Imagine you are given a special bank account when you are an infant, just learning to speak and understand language.

What you don’t know at the time is that the words you speak and hear have a form of value or credit to them. Some words contribute to your net worth, others drain and deplete your reserves. Some may even put you in debt, or a form of life bankruptcy.

Pay particular attention today to the words you speak and hear, personally and professionally. Notice how much value and wealth you create for yourself and others.

EXERCISE:

How can you fully listen and tune into the powerful and value-packed words of others? How can you more fully contribute to others by generously sharing only the richest and choicest thoughts?