Make Your Priorities “Stick”
Priorities in your life are no different than goals. A priority is simply an area of focus, an objective you’d like to work towards, a GOAL. Unfortunately, priorities seem to come and go quickly now-a-days. One day you set a priority to focus on your health, however soon you get bored, tired, sore, and quit. So then you shift your priority to work and getting that next promotion, however you get passed up for the job and soon quit trying. Those failures lead you to a priority of spiritual enrichment because you’ve lost focus on family while you were exercising and working too much so now you need to “re-ground” yourself. Soon, back to the health and work goals, the cycle continues. The circle of priorities goes round and round, always changing and never “sticking” around long enough to make a real difference in your life. Priorities shouldn’t shift on a dime. Priorities are priorities because you’ve taken the time to think about what it is you want to achieve, where it is you want to go. Priorities are the beacon that guides you to what you have chosen to be your goals!
We are what we see. Priorities should be embedded into every choice you make every day. Haley Sherman had a priority, she wrote it down and kept it in front of her every day; when you do that, it breathes, it comes alive. Haley wrote me a note recently regarding this priority:
This first goal was to run a 10K by the end of 2012. I chose a cause that was important to me: The Strong Legs Run for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. I ran the TOT trot (One mile fun run) when I was around 6 or 7 and I ran the 5K (my first) last November so I wanted to raise my goal to the next level and do the 10K. I unfortunately caught a cold shortly before the race so I was not able to train adequately and I started training one week before the race. In my mind I kept saying, “I know I can run the 5K so I will just do that”. Even up until the morning of the race I was flipping between the 5K and the 10K. Then it suddenly hit me. My goal was to do the 10K and there is no reason or EXCUSE why I couldn’t do the 10K. I had written it down and kept it visible and that is what I was going to do no matter what my time was or if I had to crawl across the finish line. That morning I RAN 6.2 miles in 1 hour and 14 minutes!! I also RAN a 10K on Thanksgiving Day with the goal to beat my time and finished in 1 hour and 11 minutes!! Even if it was only 3 minutes, I beat my time!! And now my husband and I are signed up for a half-marathon on March 17. This was all because I didn’t just day dream about my goal, I wrote it down and kept it visible! I held myself accountable to it and it feels amazing to achieve it!
Whether you want to run a 5k, 10k, coach your daughters baseball team or create a plan for a promotion, to make it a priority and to make it stick, you have to write it down and look at it every day, twice. Visualize your goals, Write your goals down and keep your goals Visible and they will be so.