When you look at a person’s life, it’s easy to tell where their priorities lie.
I can’t tell you how often people tell me they want to start a business, but they claim they just don’t have enough time.
Time is never the problem.
The most productive and accomplished people in the world have the same 24 hours in a day as the rest of us do.
The problem is that they don’t want to change their priorities.
We make the most progress in the areas of life where we give the highest priority.
Perhaps you’ve heard the Peter Drucker quote — “what gets measured gets managed.”
In other words, you make the most improvement in the areas you pay the most attention to.
This is why tracking your macros makes you so much more effective at dieting.
Progress Follows Priority
The people who are in the best shape prioritize their physical appearance over other aspects of life.
They’re willing to eat a salad when they’re out to dinner with friends if they have to and they will get one hour less of sleep to keep from missing a workout if need be.
Why is it that so many CEOs, professional athletes, and famous artists are notorious for neglecting their children?
They prioritize their career over their family.
I’m not judging what is right or wrong, I’m just pointing out facts.
The higher you prioritize something, the more you can improve it.
If your business isn’t taking off or you aren’t making the grades you want, or whatever…
You aren’t dedicating enough time and energy to it.
Oftentimes you can get away with not prioritizing something and still make progress. Either you have a natural talent in that area, you’ve found a niche with no competition or maybe it just doesn’t require much attention.
However, in most cases, you will make the most progress in the areas of life you prioritize the highest.
Is neglecting your family to build your business the best thing for your life overall?
Probably not, but that’s for you to decide.
Again, the point of this article is not to tell you that prioritizing any particular thing over something else is the right thing to do.
I’m simply saying the most effective way to make progress in any endeavor is to make it a top priority.
But KW, I thought the point of HMP was to have health, money, great relationships, freedom, and lots of fun? Now you’re saying I can’t have it all?
You can make progress in more than one area of life — but that requires a dramatic shift in priorities that most people aren’t willing to sacrifice.
I don’t watch much TV. I watch Game of Thrones and I watch the Dallas Cowboys play.
I don’t play video games. I don’t spend as much time hanging out with friends and family as I used to — maybe once or twice a month.
I typically work long hours and I work every day.
It’s not that I don’t want to hang out with friends more or have hobbies just for the fun of it — and I’m sure I will later in life.
Those things just aren’t a priority right now.
You can have it all, but you can’t have it all at once.
How to Balance Priorities
I balance my priorities by rotating the top priorities.
Sometimes my business needs the most attention and I spend less time in the gym, less time reading, and less time doing other things I enjoy.
But I never stop doing the things that are important to me, such as exercising — I simply put those things on autopilot.
Other times I will put my business on cruise control and focus more time on HMP or other things in my life.
I tend to get obsessive about my current top priority, but I never get burned out because I know when I need to change things up and shift priorities.
Most people won’t like my approach, and that’s fine.
I can only share what I do and what works for me. Ultimately, you have to figure out what works best for you.
P.S. You might like my book about habits because prioritizing my habits has made winning at life much easier.
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