What’s More Important: Quantity or Quality?

I recently attended the funeral services of the husband of an ex-colleague. The priest leading the services gave a message that impacted me: It is more important to live a life of love (quality) than a long life (quantity).\r\n\r\nI had not viewed my life choices that way. However, I do see a connection between this message and the “Important vs. Urgent” one, which I have covered in my recent newsletter and blogs. What if your life were to end in a few days or weeks? Would it have reflected a high level of quality (and love) behind the few but important priorities you had chosen, or was it more focused on the number of things you got done each day?\r\n\r\nI invite you to revisit the three steps I covered in previous articles, viewed under the new concept of quantity vs. quality:\r\n\r\n• Step 1: Become 100 percent accountable for the decisions you make (and not make) in your life. Are you committed to defining what is most important in your life, instead of reacting to urgent demands from somebody else’s priorities?\r\n\r\n• Step 2: Develop and record in writing your personal mission statement. What do you want to leave as a legacy to your loved ones and society, regardless of the timing of your death? Here is where I think the priest’s message best applies: We should focus on the quality of our life, which may not have a set limit and is a variable we can control vs. the number of years we will live, which is only partially under our control and has a somewhat fixed upper limit.\r\n\r\n• Step 3: Live your life priorities 24/7. Connecting with Step 2, adopt a system to first plan, and then live, the important priorities you have defined. Focus on quality vs. quantity. Pick a small number of high-impact, high-quality activities.\r\n\r\nDo you agree with assigning a higher priority to quality vs. quantity in your life? Feel free to share your thoughts.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Business Consultant, Facilitator, and Professional Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting

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