Is It Challenging to Manage Your Priorities in Life? (Part 3 of 3) – (#7)

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Is It Challenging to Manage Your Priorities in Life? (Part 3 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 you spend your time reacting to whatever event is in front of you?

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In my previous two newsletters, I shared a set of personal insights that worked for me in managing my physical and mental health. In the last part of this series, I will cover how to manage your 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.\nStep 2: Develop and record in writing your personal mission statement.\nStep 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 make it a priority to feed and nurture my spiritual health. Following are three interventions that have worked for me and could work for you as well.

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1. Start the day with a few minutes of meditation. This can be in the form of reading the Bible, or another source of spiritual nurturing, and meditating on it. I read the Gospel passage that corresponds to each day and then meditate on the key message that impacts me. My house is still quiet at that time of the day, and by the time I am done, I feel very peaceful and inspired to make the best of the day that is about to start. And, yes, the temptation to check my emails as soon as I wake up is big, but I try to delay this.

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2. Leverage opportunities created around trips and social interactions to enrich your soul. I just returned from a wedding in Israel, which I leveraged to visit the Holy Land and other sacred places in Israel and Turkey. I was exposed to the history and traditions of different religions, and I learned that there are many spiritual values shared by them, which, unfortunately, tend to be clouded by political differences. One shared practice is to assign one day of the week for worshipping (Friday for Muslims, Saturday for Jews and Sunday for Christians). I was particularly impressed by the Jewish observance of the Sabbath, where they disconnect from the material world that day, freeing their time for spiritual growth. I will apply this principle to the way I live my Sundays.

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3. Track your progress. What about applying some of the principles used in tracking business results to monitoring your spiritual progress? Is there a value you want to strengthen? Though hard to quantify progress, simply raising your awareness of a particular area can create positive results. I once lost my job, and ever since then, I have committed to help anyone who asks for my help to find employment. Every weekend I try to reply to all pending requests and track how many people I have helped.

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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from the Dalai Lama: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Try one or more of my suggestions if you wish to improve managing your spiritual priorities. As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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In the next newsletter, I will share some of the insights behind my decision to start a second career as an author, consultant and coach. 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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