What Matters Most?: Prioritize Yourself in 3 Steps
In the craziness of your day and the entrepreneurial journey, how do you decide what things are the most important? There are so many things that come at us, that sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what should be priority and what should take a backseat. Here are three ways to help you decipher through all the stuff and decide what should be numero uno.
First things first, you have to know where you are going. You have to have the picture in your mind. Whether it’s the environment you want to be surrounded by, the house you want to live in, the car you want to drive-you need to have that perfect picture in your head. It only needs to be perfect for you. It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else as long as it makes sense to you.That picture becomes your north star.
What does that mean? What are your goals, ambitions? Do you want to own real estate? The key is to understand where you want to go and what you want to do. Until you have the road map laid out-it will be impossible to prioritize.
Secondly,figure out what you have in play right now. What are your projects, options, and clients that you are working with right now? What are the balls you are currently juggling? What is floating in the air? Not only do you have to have your road map in place, but you have to know what you already have moving and grinding right now. How are those things helping you get to your goal?
Let’s take a closer look at this. If you were to pull up your calendar for today or even this week, I am sure it is filled to the brim with all kinds of activities, meetings, and appointments. If you were to look closely at all of those things, how many of them are propelling you toward your goal. You must be careful of filling your time with things that are not advancing you toward your “perfect picture.” Remember, time is money. Time wasted is money wasted.
Lastly, what are the future projects? What do you need to do to get to your goal and achieve that perfect vision? As an entrepreneur, you should always be looking to the future, as much as you are in the present. That’s why I believe goal setting is so important. Goal setting needs to happen more than once a year. Goals should be evaluated on a least a quarterly pattern if not monthly. Once you have those things figured out then you just have to line them up to the end vision.
You have things going on in your life that don’t have anything to do with your end vision. Throw away anything that is not advancing you to your goals. Everyone will make noise and have their opinion about what you are doing, but remember that this only needs to be perfect for you-not for everyone else. This is your journey and your life. You can do whatever you want to do.
Hustle a lot. Re-invest, and never give up. When you are pursuing your perfect picture do not settle for anything less than that.