What is important in your life?



If it's important make it a priority

What is important in your life? That sounds like a fairly basic questions and when asked many people will automatically respond with some combination of faith, family and friends. So if people know what is important, then what is the problem? Well, in “A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses” I talk about both clarity and action and it is often the action part where things fall apart. 

I realize we can’t spend our days doing exactly what we want even if we do know what is important in our life. And even if we have found our passion and purpose there is work to be done. Responsibility, work, time, and money are all major factors in the adult world. Money must be made, bills must be paid, and there are things to buy. As a result our priorities get pushed aside and we get all caught up in the actions of now.

It is often time and money that causes us to push aside what is important pushing us into that reactionary loop of action. “Sorry honey I just don’t have time for you today.” Or “Why don’t you go play with your fancy toys and keep quite for a while, if you are a good boy, I’ll buy you that hover board you wanted.”

“I would like to say this is a bit of an exaggeration
but I fear it is closer to the truth
then we are comfortable to admit.”

If your life is a box of stress and frustration then you need to change your priorities so that your actions will change. The reality is, if we stopped reacting and gave ourselves time to think, we would achieve our dreams, and get back to what is important in life so much faster. Yet this is so difficult to do because we are busy. We need to keep moving and get things done. Work harder and faster. That seems like the best solution at the time. React to the now – what is most important can wait.

Do you really want your priorities to be all about staying busy or are there other things that should have a higher significance in your life? These are the reflective conversations you should be having with yourself during your downtime. But wait, I don’t have any downtime because I am too busy. Heck even the President of the United States, who is extremely busy, takes some time off. If you don’t have any time for what is important then it is time to change your priorities. Again, it’s all about awareness followed up with action. You must first become aware that you are creating the hectic schedules that you think you must follow. Then you have to make difficult choices to change your actions and move away from that automatic, don’t think – just keep going behavior.

It is time to put on your rose colored glasses and really look at the actions you are taking. Ask yourself, “What am I spending all of my time doing? Am I feeding the squeaky wheel that is demanding my attention and putting aside the things that are important to me? Am I staying busy to avoid actions that make me feel uncomfortable? Do I put any importance on the things I like and enjoy?” What actions need to stop, what thoughts need to shift, and what priorities must be moved to the top of your daily to do list? You know what is important so stop all the non-sense and make those ACTIONS your priority.

A quote from A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses
“If it’s important make it a priority”


Susan Sherbert is author of “Grown-ups Don’t Skip” and #1 best seller “A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses”


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