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First Things First, Evaluate Your Priorities

By on Feb 26, 2012

Action expresses priorities. – Mahatma Gandhi

Throughout the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get distracted from the things that matter. Day in and day out, we’re faced with new opportunities, new experiences, and an ever increasing “to do” list.

In the interim, it’s easy to neglect the things that matter the most. It’s easy to forget about the things and people that keep us going. For some, it’s God, faith, family and health. Others have business, goals and accomplishments as a priority.

A dose of encouragement

Let me encourage you today. Stay focused on the things that are most important. Keep your eyes on the prize. Make an appointment with your most valued priorities. Don’t let anything take you from the things that matter the most.

You may have new chores, new opportunities, and new challenges coming left and right. In the process, you may get overwhelmed or stressed. You may experience a loss of direction, order, and purpose. When this happens, take time out and get a refresher. Re-organize, regroup and reassure yourself of the important things in life.

If your health is important to you, seek ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Don’t neglect healthy eating habits. Don’t forfeit exercise. No, weigh your options. Ask the questions that will help you determine what matters the most. Then let go of the excess and cling onto the important things.

For some, family and friends are a big part of life. The truth is your loved ones know you better than anyone will. They will support you, encourage you, laugh in the good times and cry in the sad times. Without the support of family you won’t have the backing and support you need. Keep family in the forefront. Don’t burn bridges that are significant. Keep first things first and let go of the excess.

If you’re going to leap forward into your God-given destiny, you’re going to have to let go of some things. You’re going to have to throw out the non-essential things that are holding you back. Instead, cling onto the things that are going to sustain you.

Build a strong foundation

When you throw out the unnecessary baggage, the load becomes lighter. Your trip will become a lot better. You’ll suddenly have a new found appreciation for the important things.

Your priorities are like a foundation. If a building has an unstable foundation, the premise as a whole will crumble in times of distress. In the same way, if you lead an unstable lifestyle, neglecting your priorities, your life as a whole will fall apart when opposition comes along.

Your priorities are a significant piece of the puzzle. Don’t neglect them. Keep a strong stable foundation.

Take out some time to re-evaluate your life. Amp up the things that are important and kick out the things that don’t matter. When you do so, you’ll experience a more peaceful, joyful and fulfilling life as you charge forth on your journey of life!

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Jarrod Clark is the author and founder of where he provides inspirational messages for maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. He writes from a place of life experiences, trials he's faced, and failures and successes that he's encountered, and uses the inspiration obtained during those storms and shares it with you.