Most of us could agree that our health is important to us. If we are not healthy then everything else will quickly fade to being less significant.
Most people would agree that family and friends are important to them.
After those two things I would suggest that perhaps religion, career, perhaps even a hobby might be the answer for some people.
Our answers will also depend upon our age, our personal circumstances and often upon recent events. This week we have been watching a city burn in Northern Alberta and most of the residents of Fort McMurray are very focused on the safety of themselves and their family as a clear priority.
Here is the thing … sometimes (very often?) when we are not reminded by outside circumstances, we forget what is important to us!
As crazy as that sounds, we get caught up in day to day life, we get swept along by circumstances and we devote our energies to things that really are not that important to us.
If you really want something (if it is really important to you) then it really needs your effort and focus, or else you are not being fair to yourself.
“I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things you are wasting time.” Dean Kamen
Some things to ponder:
1. Most people I know need to work. It pays the bills, provides for their future and very often allows them to pursue other activities that they might enjoy.
So … on an importance scale, work is fairly important.
Are you giving your very best to your work?
Are you learning and getting better?
What else could you be doing to improve your situation at work?
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey
2. Health and fitness will invariably be on everyone’s list of importance. You don’t have to be an athlete, a super-model or anyone else’s perception of perfect … but you need a certain level of wellness in order to enjoy life fully.
Are you doing the things you could do to be able to enjoy an active life?
Are you getting some exercise in your life? It doesn’t need to be in a gym or very sophisticated.
Are you eating more nutritious foods and less junk foods?
Are you improving your knowledge about health and fitness?
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha
3. What about family and relationships?
Do you take your friends/family for granted?
What have you done for them lately? With no expectation of reward.
Do you invest in your relationships or do you just let them happen?
“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.” Barbara Bush
Human beings are funny creatures. We say that something is important to us and yet often it is only when things go wrong that we do something about it.
Decide what is important to you and put effort into maintaining and improving it.
Not rocket science … but we all need a reminder now and then.
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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