Priorities give Direction

My limiting beliefs are a struggle. These are the thoughts that I have inside my mind that no one sees, but are ever present. The last few years while doing Michael Hyatt’s “Best Year Ever” exercises, I have discovered how many limiting beliefs I struggle with. This year one of the ones that jumped out to me was the thought, “I don’t have time.” This is a huge struggle for me. I’m the kind of person who wants to do everything and do it well. However, my tendency is to over commit and under deliver. I put myself in positions where I don’t have enough time because I’m not prioritizing my life. This year my focus is to have a liberating truth instead of a limiting belief: “Time is controlled by my priorities, my priorities are not controlled by time.” Our priorities are by nature ours! Too often we allow other things to rule over our priorities and thus we get into a time crunch. Priorities give us direction and help us to choose what we do with our time. Priorities give us direction and without them we drift through life as this famous quote illustrates:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” Alice and The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Priorities are the compass of our lives and help us to choose what direction we want our life to travel. Let us look at three reasons why our priorities should be our focus.

Priorities Give Us Clarity

  1. When we prioritize, we are picking what is important. We are forced to look at the purposes of our life and why we are here. We cannot prioritize without making choices and the clarity for our choices only comes when we sit down and look at what our priorities should be. Too many of us never prioritize and we live life going from one “emergency” to another without any clear direction. We may be busy, but we are not fulfilled. We keep promising, “ When things slow down, I will…” Things will never slow down for us! Prioritizing is the only things that will help us to slow things down. The clarity we need only happens when we look at our life through the lens of priorities. Then we take the next step.

Priorities Force Us to Choose

  1. Choice is the natural next step to the clarity of priorities. We must choose or the clarity of our priorities will be pointless. We may see what our priorities are, but if we do not do anything about it the clarity is lost and the vortex of emergencies take over. This is hard for many of us because of the fear of “missing out” or “choosing wrong.” This is real pressure, but it is self inflicted and causes us to self-fulfill the prophecies we make to ourselves about not having enough time. When we don’t choose because we are afraid, we are choosing. Our choice is to allow other people or society as a whole to choose for us. Too many men are drifting through life because they are afraid to choose. They live a shallow existence of pleasing people while serving none. Meaningful service to people comes from the foundation of priorities, pleasing people comes from the motivation of selfishness. Priorities push us to choose so our life can have real meaning.

Priorities Bring Us Meaning

  1. Men need meaning. They need a purpose that is beyond themselves. That is the way we were designed by God, but too many men drift along in the haze of pleasure and purposelessness. They do this because they have never found the clarity of a life purpose and have not chosen to live that purpose out in every day; therefore, their life has very little meaning. The meaning of a man’s existence is essential for him to live a fulfilled life. That meaning can only come when he sits down and discovers his individual design given to him by God and prioritizes his life around it. When a man does this, he has aligned himself with an inner compass that will guide his priorities for the rest of his life. Priorities flow from purpose and when we walk in our purpose we find our meaning.

Priorities are the key to our time and life management. Clocks don’t give us priorities, they show us the time we have to implement what is important to us. Let us take the time to discover our purpose and then walk in our priorities each and every day. What are your priorities? What gives you the direction for your life?

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