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Know Your Priorities and Stick with Them

May 12, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

In a previous blog, I discussed how the ways we spend our time and our money reflect our priorities. ( also get insight that way into what others put first. Similarly, it’s a way for me to keep my priorities straight. It’s important that we know ourselves and what we value. Our decision-making will be easier if we clearly know what’s important to us.

As many of you know, my businesses are very important to me. It’s important to me to spread the message of successful planning and doing what’s needed for businesses to stand the test of time. It underlies the tenets of all my presentations, (, and it’s foundational to the way I want to help others. But I have other priorities in life too. I have my parents. I have my close friends. I have things that I hold dear — experiences, trips, history lessons, and historical items and collections that I love and value. I need to balance them with my business.

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a conference that looked really good. Many people I knew were going, and there would have been a lot of great educational opportunities. But the timing conflicted with a family event that I had planned and enjoy every year. So, I had to balance the tensions, and I chose to put my parents and my family first, ahead of my career. That’s not always the case. Some weeks, some months, I choose to put my career first. I choose to put helping others ahead of other priorities, and that is okay.

The key is we all need to know our priorities. We need to know how we rank things and we need to know where we draw the line. Situations are rarely perfect, and we often need to make hard decisions. But if we have our priorities, making those hard decisions becomes a lot easier because we have a framework. We want to think about our priorities in life. What do we want to do? What are we okay with letting go? How do we balance the two?

What’s been your experience with this? Have you had situations where you’ve had to juggle priorities? What have you used to help you make the decisions of what to do and what not to do? Join us in the comments below and let us know your thoughts and experience.


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