What do your priorities look like? Do you have things set up correctly? I am a Christian and that does dictate my priorities to a large degree. My priorities are listed this way:
- God: If I expect Him to direct my steps then I have to listen to what He says to me.
- Myself! Yes, I put myself as a priority. How can I handle anything else if I’m not taking care of myself?
- Priority setting. Is what I’m actively doing taking care of me?
- Health: Am I eating what I need to eat to be in the best physical shape I can be in?
- Exercise: What am I doing on a daily basis to get off the chair/bed/couch?
- Mental health: What am I doing to keep my mind healthy?
- That includes having some fun! So what am I doing just for fun?
- Growing: I am a learner, I love to learn new things! And this is a priority for me. I am also learning to teach others more effectively!
- Meditation/relaxation time. This is a little different than prayer. While I do pray, I also take time to just rest and quiet my mind and literally do nothing for a few minutes every day.
- Positive affirmations: An incredibly important part of my day. I do it typically first thing every morning.
- My kids come next. They are still growing up and I make sure they get what they need.
- My husband. I’ve been told that I need to have him over my kids, but circumstances that I won’t tell here dictate that my kids come before him.
- My career. I am a writer and an entrepreneur. If I expect my work to be done, I have to make sure that I do the work. I don’t have a boss, except my calendar. If I expect my goals to be met, I have to do the work. In my work time I have certain things that I have to make sure I get done.
- Goal setting! I can’t reach goals that haven’t been set.
- Writing. I am writing a novel. It won’t write itself, so I have to do the work.
- Education: I am expanding what I’m doing. I’m in school at Kaplan University. Study time is important and as such, it is a priority.
By January 31, 2019 I will have my Bachelor’s in Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. This will set me up to be a professional health and wellness coach. I will be providing services to anyone whether they can afford a coach or not. My business already has a name also! But that will be private for a little while. What I just wrote out is my vision. Proverbs 29:18 says “Without vision, people perish.”
Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know what you want? Your imagination is your vision. There is no right or wrong on this. It is simply: what do you want? If you could do ANYTHING in your life, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to dream to big. I was told a few years ago, by Reggie Cochran that the only difference between dreaming big and dreaming small is the amount of action steps it will take to make it a reality.
You may have a dream to get out of debt. And that is good. But what is better is to get out of debt and have a $1,000,000 in the bank. What would this do for you personally? What would this do for your family? What would this do for your neighborhood/community? Don’t be afraid to dream bigger than you’ve been told you should!
So, call to action: what do you want to do? Contact me and let’s talk and make your dream a reality!
When I first decided to change my own life I was thinking, “can I do this? What if I’m not smart enough? What if I fail?” But along the way I met people who said, “what if you try?” And eventually I started trying something new. I am still trying new things. And in fact, one of the new things I’m doing is going back to school. And I’m getting a 98% in one class and a 99% in my other class. And I still have some projects to finish, plus 1 final exam. My friend, try something new. Need help? I’m here…
I have gone back to school and I’m pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. I am currently taking two classes. One class is Professional Presence. Today’s blog is from an assignment I was given in that class.
Imagine a situation where you are paired up with a coworker to complete a very important project for your company. The coworker does not share the same work ethic that you do, and you are concerned about working together toward successful completion of the project. It is not a job that you can handle on your own as there are a lot of specialty areas that this person knows well and you know nothing about. Discuss at least three things you can do to improve your working relationship with this person so that you do not dread going to work every day and that will improve the work you produce as a team.
My response to this is today’s blog:
This is an acronym that I learned a few years ago, and it applies directly to this discussion. I’ve been involved in several situations over the years, not in the work place, but in meetings with my children like this environment. Primarily with the public-school system to create what we call an I.E.P. Or an Individualized Educational Plan. Which is a meeting in which we decide how to address my children’s special needs. For those of you who don’t know, my 18-year-old and 20-year-old children have high functioning autism. Most of these meeting involved social workers and most of the time we did not get along. In a situation like this, I would need to be proactive. But in a different way than an I.E.P. meeting. In this scenario, I would need to get the other person to work with me. How can I get the other person to act? What motivates them? Would completing this project help him score points with the boss? Is he or she at risk for losing their job? These answers would only be discovered by talking to each other. We need to work together. A second thing we would need to do is have a meeting to create a plan on how to complete the project. One thing we can do is create a matrix that would show who is responsible for what. And create a timeline to show what needs to be done by when. We also will need to meet regularly for progress updates and agree to notify each other if any of the deadlines won’t be met. In an article in Forbes, I found several other ideas. One really stands out:“Don’t let their ways rub off on you.” (2011) One thing I learned years ago, is that I am like the 5 people I spend the most time with. If you are going to be spending a sizable amount of time with this person, this could easily become an issue. Be mindful of it. A second thing that stands out is “Don’t let their work become your responsibility.” (2011) Finally, “Communicate with your co-worker. He or she might not be lazy. Instead, they might be unclear of their tasks and deadlines. “Be clear about goals, deadlines and commitments,” says Robbins. “Sometimes it’s not that they’re lazy, it’s that they don’t have a good way of organizing their work or managing their time.” There’s always a chance that they’re preoccupied with a personal matter, too. “We need to remember that life happens,” says Robbins. They could be distracted by a health issue or family problem.” (2011)