“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I know I have said a lot lately about rewarding yourself by living a life that brings you happiness. The trouble for some seems to be their difficulty in deciding what would make them happy and then making their choices a priority. I know it sounds easy but for too many of us we are so busy doing other things that we find it too easy to delay our happiness until tomorrow of if not then maybe next week, or next month and soon another year goes by.
Trust me it is worth investing in yourself by making sure you set aside the time to pursue your drams. In fact I believe that it is worth making it your priority. Things start to change when you measure what takes your time by whether it takes you a step closer to happiness or a step further away from what you desire. Not long ago I ran across an article on the Positively Present blog about making sure your main thing is your main thing. Here is the article:
Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Stephen Covey’s words of wisdom — “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” — are certainly poignant, but it’s not always so simple to identify the main thing — or keep it the main thing. With so many aspects of life to balance — work, relationships, the pursuit of personal passions — it’s no wonder that that main thing often gets lost amidst the lengthy to-do lists and the impromptu must-do’s.
But Covey has a point. For each of us, there should be a main thing — the thing that fuels us, that motivates us, that keeps us engaged and interested in life. The main thing could be a hobby, a career, even a relationship (though I wouldn’t advise making another person your main thing…). Your main thing could be a state of mind, a life-long dream, a career path. No matter what your main thing is, we should all strive to keep the main thing, the main thing. Easier said than done, right? Below are some ideas for identifying the main thing — and keeping it the main thing — in your life.
3 Methods for Maintaining the Main Thing
1. Evaluate your current situation.
Think about how you spend your time. Think about the people in your life. Are these things exciting you? Motivating you? Are they in tune with the path you want to be on? If not, what does excite you? What makes you want to get up in the morning with a big smile on your face? If that’s not what you’re doing every single day, then you’re missing out on the main thing and it’s time to make some changes. Remember: no one is going to make the main thing your priority for you. It’s up to you to identify what makes you thrilled to be alive — your main thing — and it’s up to you to make sure you prioritize it in your life.
2. Make it part of your daily routine.
If you want your main thing to stay in focus, you’ve got to put it where you can see it. Don’t put it off until someday — or even until the weekends. Make sure you do what you feel passionate about every single day. Pencil it in on your calendar. Schedule it as a meeting. Do whatever you need to do to make time for the main thing in your life. If you don’t actively find a way to incorporate the main thing into your life on a regular basis, it will become out of focus, blurry, and it will become less and less of a priority for you. If you want the main thing to be the main thing, you have to keep it in the forefront. Zoom in on it daily.
3. Create a to-don’t list.
Make a list of things that do (or could) get in the way of the main thing. Are any of the things on the list currently part of your life? If they are, stop doing/seeing/being them — or minimize them if you can’t cut them out altogether. Anything standing in the way of your main thing is essentially standing in the way of you. While I’d recommend directing your attention to how to incorporate more of your main thing into your life (positive over negative!), knowing what will stand in the way of the main thing is also important when it comes to keeping the main thing, the main thing.
Of course, keeping the main thing — whatever that might be — the main thing is difficult with all of life’s distractions and detours. It will take effort, perseverance, and determination to keep the main thing in focus. But life’s short. Don’t you want what matters most to you to be what you spend most of your time and energy on? I certainly do. Don’t waste any more time on the sideshows, on the things that don’t really mean that much to you. Life is short. Keep the main thing, the main thing.
“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”
“I’m always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can’t understand is, if they don’t know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?”
A fool and his money are soon partying.
A woman drove a mini-van filled with a dozen screaming kids through the mall parking lot, looking for a space. Obviously frazzled, she coasted through a stop sign. “Hey, lady, have you forgotten how to stop?” yelled an irate man.
She rolled down her window and yelled back, “What makes you think these are all mine ?”
Never knock on Death’s door: ring the doorbell and run (he hates that).
She told her friend, “I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid.”
The Michaels family owned a small farm in Canada, just yards away from the North Dakota border. Their land had been the subject of a minor dispute between the United States and Canada for generations. Mrs. Michaels, who had just celebrated her ninetieth birthday, lived on the farm with her son and three
One day, her son came into her room holding a letter. “I just got some news, Mom,” he said. “The government has come to an agreement with the people in Washington. They’ve decided that our land is really part of the United States. We have the right to approve or disapprove of the agreement. What do you think?”
“What do I think?” his mother said. “Jump at it! Call them right now and tell them we accept! I don’t think I could stand another one of those Canadian winters!”
A kindergarten teacher asked, “What is the shape of the earth ?”
One lil’ girl spoke up: “According to my Daddy — terrible !”
An ageing man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in Long Kesh Prison, and he didn’t know anyone who would spade up his potato garden. The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, “For HEAVENS SAKE, don’t dig up that garden, that’s where I buried the GUNS!”
At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn’t find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.
His son’s reply was: “Now plant your potatoes.”
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”
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