Is It Challenging to Manage Your Priorities in Life? (Part 2 of 3) (#6)

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Is It Challenging to Manage Your Priorities in Life? (Part 2 of 3)

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Why is it so difficult to manage our priorities? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by professional challenges, while also trying to build and maintain your important personal relationships, your finances and even your health? Could it be that you have not figured out a way to allocate time to the true priorities in your life, and thus spend your time reacting to whatever event is in front of you?

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In my previous newsletter, I shared a set of personal insights that worked for me in managing my physical health. In Part 2, I will cover how to manage your mental priorities. Next month, I will conclude the series with the management of spiritual priorities.

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As outlined in my recently released book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve Your Mission in Life, there are three steps you can follow to live a more meaningful life:

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Step1: Become 100 percent accountable for the decisions you make (and not make) in your life.

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Step 2: Develop and record in writing your personal mission statement.

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Step 3: Live your mission 24/7.

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Related to Step 3, one strategy that has worked for me to live my personal development mission is to continuously feed and nurture my mind. It always seemed logical to me to accept the notion that feeding my body with good food made a lot of sense. But it took some time to extrapolate the same logic to feeding and nurturing my mind. Following are four interventions that have worked for me and could work for you as well.

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1. I became accountable for what I think. I made this commitment to myself several years ago, most likely triggered by books such as Think and Grow Rich, from Napoleon Hill, and reaffirmed by several other books and articles.

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2. I planned what kind of “food” I wanted to feed my mind. The “menu” I created was based on my overall life priorities, like how to become a better husband and parent, increase my leadership and managerial skills, improve my financial results, etc. The challenge I faced, and to some extent still do, was that I couldn’t eat all the mental food in front of me! I had to find time to absorb all the knowledge.

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3.  I assigned priority to my learning needs and found all the possible time-blocks that could be dedicated to this goal, without punishing my other roles in life. I started by scheduling an hour each evening to read. Since this was not enough, I complemented it by leveraging other events and activities in my life, such as asking about the life story of people I run into (especially the elderly), listening to audio-books while I drive (my current selection is “Conversations With Myself,” by Nelson Mandela) , watching movies that carry relevant messages, etc.

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4.  I learned to act as my mind’s information gatekeeper. Technology allows us to be connected 24/7, pretty much anywhere we are. We can read and engage with communities on just about any topic we can imagine. This exposes us to messages that may not add much value. So I let my spam folder filter out the glut of unimportant emails. I have become more and more selective of the acquaintances I make and the conversations I hold, even in informal settings. And, as for TV, I hardly watch any.

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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from the British writer James Allen: “Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.” If you want to improve managing your mental priorities, try one or more of my suggestions. As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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In the next newsletter, I will share additional insights on how to better manage your spiritual priorities in life. Stay tuned!

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\nwww.thebusinessapostolate.com

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