Lately, I’ve been getting all caught up in the “thick of thin things” when it comes to my priorities, and I was just sitting here in my local Chick-Fil-A for lunch thinking about what’s important to me and what my priorities should be.
Journal entry from my “Whatever Happens, Happens” journal on February 6, 2015
The “DON’T Want” Priorities List
All of a sudden I wondered, “I know what’s important to me and what I want, but what about what I DON’T want?”
It’s easy to get so mixed up in life that you begin to grasp for the obvious solution; however, sometimes, like the negative spaces in a drawing, it’s in the not-so obvious that the real solution lies.
That being said, here’s my list of things that I DON’T want…
I DON’T Want…
- To be overwhelmed with too many tasks
- For my time to be monopolized by my work or by other people
- To feel rushed all the time
- To miss out on the good things in life—away from work
- To be stressed out
- To not have a clear path of direction
- To lose track of who I am by pleasing others; even my audience, thus resulting in a lack of authenticity
- To keep finding myself back at square one
- To lose track of my goals by getting on the tracks of less important—even—insignificant things
- To doubt my self-worth or the worth of my business, products, advice, etc.
- To forget where I came from and those who helped me get where I am today
- To keep comparing myself with others who seem more successful than me. Wealth is measured in much more than money!
- To continue procrastinating on what I know in my soul I should be doing
- To gauge the worth of a task simply by the level of urgency with which it presents itself
- To discover, at the end of my life—this priceless gift which God has privileged me with—that I had not truly lived
Keeping Your Priorities in Perspective
I’m sure there are plenty of other things I could think of that I don’t want. The point is that now I have a template to work with. It would do me well to print this list and keep it nearby as a reminder when these “don’t”s start creeping in—which they tend to do on a daily basis, in some form or another.
For now, I’m off to do some work. And you can be sure I’ll keep this list close by.
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