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The Law of Priorities
Activity is Not Necessarily Accomplishment

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent
and not enough time on what is important”
-Steven J. Covey

The Law of a Priorities: A goal is a dream with a deadline attached to it. If you set a goal and prioritize your efforts on that alone, you will be far more successful. Never do a task that someone else could do. Activity is not necessarily accomplishment. A leader who spends their time doing meaningless tasks that someone else could be doing is wasting valuable time, and not valuing other people’s skills.


Spinning Plates
Years ago, in my occupation as a minister, I felt I had to do everything to get anything done in my job. If I wanted it done right, I did it myself. That’s just the way I felt. I had to have control over each task to make sure it turned out right… and I got all the credit for it when it worked.

I was like that guy I used to see on television shows spinning plates. He spun several plates at the top of long poles. To maintain balance and keep the plates from falling off the poles he had to constantly run back and forth between each one. He would shake/spin each poll to keep the plates in motion at the top. The act became a model for people with more to do than they could handle. That was me…

Then one day, it all came crashing down on me. When I wasn’t keeping track of everything someone came along and took over one of my poles and knocked the plate off! I was miserable… I didn’t know how to handle not being in control. And worse, I was getting the credit for the failure.

Then I attended a leadership conference and learned that just being busy wasn’t adding to my success; it was prohibiting it.

I deserved the credit for the failure to prioritize
and delegate things that I didn’t need to do.

I realized I that needed to prioritize my agenda. I needed to train and equip other people to do the things someone else could do… and limit myself to only doing the things that I was responsible for alone. I needed to share authority. I learned that I should never do a task that someone else could be doing.

Suddenly, my to-do list got amazingly short... and refocused! I saw that most of what I was doing could be shared by other people if I equipped them to do it. I had to give up many things that I thought made me important.

I heard financial guru Dave Ramsey say many years ago, “You can tell a person’s priorities by looking at their bank account.” This doesn’t make you a mind-reader or a magician. It makes you practical. Where you spend your money is where your priorities are. It also reveals where your heart is.

You can tell a lot about someone by where they spend
their money and their time.

If you spend money on entertainment while the necessary bills are being delayed and piling up, it speaks to your priorities of keeping food on the table, the house warm and a high credit score. The same is true if you spend your money on useless things rather than items or services that will help or improve your life and finances.

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These are not contests, pitting team member against team member; they are performance achievement awards for a job done well. Awards are not given, they are earned. Hard work is rewarded on the stage, photos are on the big screen in front of everyone, plaques and certificates are presented. Jeffrey Gitomer says, “Make sure it’s on your blog, in your e-zine and posted on your website.” Reward in public, reprimand in private.

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"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
-H. L. Hunt

“Sometimes when you're overwhelmed by a situation - when you're in the darkest of darkness - that's when your priorities are reordered.”
-Phoebe Snow

“If it’s a priority you’ll find a way. If it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse.
-Jim Rohn

“Time management is simply priority management. You can not really manage time by itself.”
-Jim Mathis

“Know your priorities and identify the five powerful action steps that you intend to take to move your initiatives forward each day. If you go to a tree with an ax and take five whacks at the tree every day, it doesn't matter if it's an oak or a redwood; eventually, the tree has to fall down.”
-Jack Canfield

“To change your life, you need to change your priorities.”
-Mark Twain

Jim Mathis
The Reinvention PRO™

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