Priorities, an interesting word which means the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.
We see this word many places, but it seems to bubble up more during the holidays and to move into a new year.
Priorities for the coming season.
Many times we “layout” our priorities.
Many times we “make them official.”
Many times we call something a “top” priority that has status over everything else.
Or someone lays them out or delivers them to us.
We also ask the question “am I a priority in another person’s life? Are they in mine?”
What are my “priorities” for the new year?
For the new project?
For our lives?
We often make excuses about what we have called a priority, saying there’s not enough time, we are too busy.
Turning said priority into an option, which is something then you don’t necessarily have to do or pay attention to.
I don’t believe in resolutions, so I don’t make them. But I do make a list of priorities for the new year, and a plan to reach them and I appreciate when other people do as well. And I pick a word for the year, this year it is Focus.
I do detest spreadsheets, work back schedules, and to-do lists.
But I am a planner and producer of things, and they are necessary, and I live by them and my trust calendars, yes plural. Analog and digital.
I love the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Action expresses priorities.”
To me, that is the thing.
What we do every day, the ACTIONS not just on the first day of the year or in January is what (or who) are priorities in your life. And those come from understanding your why, why you get up out of bed and then how you express that why.
Talking about something, writing it down on a piece of a paper and burning it is lovely and symbolic way to let things go if you so choose, I’m a fan of that flame.
But then the action, the motion, the doing of what is next is the way to make a priority something that is obtainable.
My little list of priorities not just for this year but for all the time and in no particular order:
Live in the moment
Write every day
Love fiercely in all ways
Accept everyone for who they are
Choose the scary thing
Feel the feelings
Trust the heart and gut
Know when the end is okay
Be a spark
Smooch and hug a lot
Make decisions, make more
Develop good habits in body and mind; one little thing can change everything
Fail often, learn, move on
Collect and keep good people
Find rituals and enjoy them
Focus, focus, focus
Walk on the beach
Learn every day
Read good books in copious amounts
Become fluent in Spanish
Learn to play the guitar
Never be satisfied
When something isn’t good, change it immediately
Own the mess ups, apologize quickly
Never dim the light (unless it makes the mood right)
Laugh first, cry when necessary
Don’t forget but forgive and move on
Understand its usually about them and not you
Be fabulous; it’s okay to be, it’s expected, the universe demands it
Time and good health are things you never get back
Serendipity and magic are real
Dance, Dance, Dance
Remember in all things empathy makes us human; actions make us warriors
Be a warrior every day
Okay, that’s enough, more than enough.
Heather, how can all these things be your priorities?
Easy, they simply are, and some more important than others.
What are your priorities, for all time, for today?
See I’m a list maker at heart.
When you write things down, that is the first action.
The next is what you make of it.
To be a little Napoleon Hill about it, choose the one burning desire or idea you have and be relentless about it. To me that is the secret. That is one’s ultimate priority.
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Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman, Creative Maven.
Heather is a marketer, writer, playwright, Microsoft MVP and lover of culture and “the why”. She has worked for over 20 years in technology and the arts. Heather lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys traveling the world speaking about Office 365, SharePoint and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. She is a published playwright, was born and raised in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama, Seattle WA and did a semester abroad at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Heather is always looking for an excuse to go to New York, New Orleans, London, Brooklyn and the list of cities she made in her Dad’s Time/Life map when she was 11.
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