Isn’t it funny how sometimes we learn about ourselves in the most unlikely ways! Years ago, while I was leading a Teen Moms group I made one of those really surprising discoveries. It was kinda funny because I was “helping the girls” understand what priorities are for each day – or should be – and I learned something I’ll never forget!
That night I led them through an exercise to help them discover what was most important to them. I provided and a list of items that they might consider important and asked them to take a few minutes to rank the items on the list based on their priorities in life.
I’m not sure if any of the young moms got anything out of that evening – but I sure did! That simple exercise helped me to understand what I most valued in my daily life. I was able to put my finger on the “Non-negotiables” that must happen each day for me to be my best.
Often, we talk about priorities and what is most important in life. But have you ever stopped to really think about what those are – for you personally? On a daily basis?
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Today, I want to challenge you to stop for a few minutes and think about the things in your life that really matter most to you, on a daily basis, for you to be at your top performance: mentally, spiritually, and physically.
Below is a checklist that you can walk through in just a few minutes. Consider where you are at this point in your life and what you need on a daily basis to be your best. (If you prefer to print it out click: Daily Non Negotiables)
Step one: Check off the 10 most important items to you. Your perfect day would have these 10.
Okay, did you pick 10? Next, narrow those 10 down to your top 5 priorities.
Finally, narrow the list a wee bit more and circle the top 3 non-negotiables that you think are most important. For you to be in the zone and live your life with purpose and peace.
Seriously, it may be easier for you to print out the checklist. I don’t want you to miss this… So I made you a graphic that will help. Click Daily-Non-negotiables
Were you surprised by what you discovered? In different seasons of your life, your non-negotiables will change. Your overall priorities may not change much – but those things that need to happen each day for you to be your best will likely change. For instance, young moms may need to “Schedule” for their sanity, while an empty nester may need “Connecting w/ Friends” to have a day that feeds their soul.
We’re not quite done… almost…
NOW – take a step back. Look at the last week. Do your daily non-negotiables line up with your daily routine? Are you building into your day those things that will help you be your best?
If not, what can you do to make your daily priorities happen? Can you wake up a little earlier? Plan your day?
Do yourself a favor, take some time and walk through this exercise. Your days are valuable and your influence is great. By understanding what makes you tick – you are investing not only in yourself, but those people that God has placed in your life – in your circle of influence.
I’d love to hear how it goes! Did you discover something that surprised you? Oh, by the way, what surprised me was that “Tasks” were in my top three. Now I understand why I just have to get things done….. 😉
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