Priorities and Mission – How important are they?

PrioritiesIn this week’s 60 Minute’s Video, Bill Gates stated that it is mission in life to eradicate diseases. You name it, polio, malaria, TB…Bill Gates says: “It is doable!”

Doable. I love how easily that word rolls off his tongue. I am equally inspired and discouraged in the same minute. I feel, in one moment I have big hope to make the world a better place, and in the next moment, I feel the disillusionment of never getting to the end of the dirty laundry basket!

What causes this dilemma and holds me back from living my purpose? The answer is relatively easy. The dilemma is caused by a lack of vision and a set of miss-aliened priorities. Simple, but not simple.

First, you have to know what your mission is. My favorite tool is Franklin Covey’s personal mission statement builder. You will love it!

When asked how he is able to accomplish so much, Bill Gates says, “I don’t mow the grass.” Mowing the grass doesn’t match the mission that Bill has set out to accomplish.

I know what you are thinking. Bill Gates can hire someone to cut the grass and I can’t. This is why I stated that a person who is not living out their purpose has a lack of vision and a set of miss-aliened priorities. I didn’t say wrong priorities, they are miss-aliened priorities. Your priorities do not line up with your mission.

For example, if I have a big yard and my mission does not include yard work, I should consider downsizing, or other options like community yard share programs, hiring someone, or community service groups. Brainstorm with family and friends to find the best solution that works for you.

The most important thing you can remember about living your mission is to make sure your priorities match. Go for it and watch your world change!

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