Your Priorities Are What You Do

This post is a few days old, but I just got around to reading it and I’m glad I did. It’s from JD at Get Rich Slowly and titled, Drama In Real Life: “You’re Fired!” I love this blog and this type of post is why.

In the post JD describes a recent situation of having to fire an employee who was not performing well. Actually, it was a lot more than just not performing well, but you’ll have to read the article to get the whole story. I’ll just note that I found the whole post to be incredibly profound. One line stuck out for me in particular, though:

“…the things that are priorities in our lives are the things we actually do.”

This is the gospel truth, friends. I never really thought of it in quite this way before, but it’s one of those obvious points that we all know, but probably never think about with any specificity. The things we are spending our time on right now are our priorities.

Like the unfortunate young man JD had to fire, many of us think things are our top priorities when clearly by this definition they are not. This guy said his job was his top priority and probably really believed that, but the truth was that other things in his life took top billing instead.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. For this 21 year old guy, realizing that the job wasn’t his first priority should have told him something. This isn’t to say that his job should have been his first priority, but if it was important to him it should have held a higher position on his ladder of priorities. The fact that it didn’t may mean that it was a good thing for him to get fired. He didn’t care enough about the job to want to keep it.

Of course I want to talk about the lesson in this now. Think about the choices you make every day. What do you spend your time doing? What are the priorities you think you have? Compare those to the priorities you appear to have based on the time you spend on those activities. Is there a big discrepancy? Perhaps the lesson here is that our priorities should be in line with our goals and values. If you feel that something is wrong in your life, maybe this is it. Take some time to review your priorities. Believe me, I’m going to do the same thing.

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5 Responses to Your Priorities Are What You Do

  1. What a good post. Thanks for pointing me to it. I think combining a list of what you did on a given day with your personal mission statement and comparing the two would be a sobering event for many people…

  2. Tish says:

    Hi, Ray! I’ve added you to Priscilla Palmer’s Personal Development List. You’ll be a great addition to the list! There are some wonderful blogs listed there. Check it out on my blog, and I hope you’ll choose to be a part of it!

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  4. ray says:

    Hi Chuck, it’s my pleasure! I’m beginning to really see the importance of having a personal mission statement.

  5. ray says:

    Wow, Tish. That’s some list. I’ll have to check it out when I have a little more time. Thanks for adding me!

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