By Jonathan Desaussure
The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities – Steven Covey
Today’s blog entry is a continuation of a three-part series I have been doing entitled mental blind spots. Here’s a quick review. I call a mental blind spot a process of thinking one has that prevents him or her from getting the results he or she wants for lack of awareness. My first topic of discussion was fear. The second topic was poor self-image. Today’s topic is about having the wrong priorities. Let’s look at a real-life situation using a fictional character to demonstrate.
Meet Tommy. He’s twenty five and a new hire on the sales team at a major corporation. He has told his fellow employees and his friend he wants to be a top salesperson in the company with in a year. It’s 8:30 A. M. Wednesday morning. Drummond, the top salesperson for the past four years running, bumps into Tommy coming out of the restroom.
“Hey kid,” says Drummond, and he gives Tommy his million dollar smile. If he had a gold tooth in his mouth, it would sparkle.
“Oh hey. How are you?” says Tommy.
“Sitting on top of the world,” says Drummond. “Say, listen, me and some of the guys have been talking, and we were wondering if you want to play some racquetball with us at the club this Saturday? We need a forth.”
“I can’t play,” says Tommy.
“I’ll teach you,” says Drummond.
“That’s all? You just want to play some racquetball?”
“Yeah, and we’ll talk some sales skills at dinner,” says Drummond.
“Oh I don’t know,” says Tommy.
“You don’t have a family you have to be with do you?”
“Made other plans?”
“Well come on then. Bring your money so I can take it from you,” says Drummond.
“Great! You can ride with me on Friday. I’ll pick you up after work.”
It’s Friday at 4:00 P.M. The office is thinning out as the staff finishes their work. Tommy is sitting at his desk texting his friend. Drummond shows up, white short, white T-shirt, and Zebra- pattern wristbands. They still make them somewhere.
“Hey kid. Ready to get your ass whipped?”
“Oh, I forgot. I don’t have time. I’m going to play Hacky Sack with my friend in the park today,” says Tommy.
Drummond rolls his eyes.
“This is a chance to get to know the big dogs in the company and how they operate,” says Drummond.
“Some other time. I’ve all the time in the world,” says Tommy.
Stuff like this is happening all over the world in all types of settings. The person who wants to lose weight frequents the buffet. The prize fighter who wants to stay on top, but spends his workout time with hookers and hot dogs, while his challenger is up and training at 5:00 A.M every day. The man who wants a happy family, but he spends all his time at the baseball field, without his family, and he’s a non-pro player.
Theses people have wrong priorities. Their decisions will form their destiny. Their values determined their priorities. They don’t understand the law of sacrifice. Sacrifice means giving up one thing for something else we believe is worth more. My priorities were mixed up in my younger days. In my late teens and early twenties, I wanted to be the best martial artist around. I trained all the time. I was super fit, super fast, and super bad. I looked for martial artist just like me, or better, so I can get with them and learn from them. Funny thing was that I also wanted a serious girlfriend and way more money, but I didn’t realize my priorities put me where I was. My priorities looked something like this:
I started wanting success in all facets of life and began to study. That’s how I discovered I was out of balance and had my priorities wrong for what I really wanted.
Take a moment and think about yourself and your priorities. Write down five things that are important to you. What are you giving so much time to that you aren’t giving something else you want a chance to grow? Check to see if they are in the order they need to be in order for you to get what you want. To change your results, all you have to do is begin to concentrate on first things first. Over time, you get different results. Most people spend most of their time on non-essential irrelevant stuff that means nothing in the process of getting what they want. Clear your blind spot now..
Thanks for the follows. Be blessed and prosperous and I’ll see you next time.