Why you must determine your priorities

We’ve all heard that we should commit to and even write down our goals.  We know intellectually that fulfillment comes from achieving or moving towards success in the specific areas that are most important to us.  Yet most of us jump right to tactics and our to-do list hoping that getting things done (whether or not they’re the right things) will lead to fulfillment.

Here’s a hard truth: If you don’t determine your priorities, you’re leaving it to others to do so.  And they’ll be happy to.

If you want to make positive changes, don’t say this

I wonder how many people have been let down,  have held themselves and others back, and have limited themselves to doing the least possible to get by, by uttering the phrase: “that’s not my job.”

On the flip side, how many great things have been accomplished, charities launched, people promoted, ideas realized, and perspectives changed for the better of humanity, because someone chose to step up, even if it wasn’t their responsibility.

The medium and the message

The insightful book “Personal Development for Smart People” points out that most of us attach our identities to our jobs, but the way we generate income is the medium thru which we can express our message.

Therefore, a doctor, architect, programmer, and waitress can all express a message of conscious, healthy growth as a human being despite very different mediums.

The medium is a shell, and doesn’t define you as a person.  Your message, if you care enough to have one, is much more important.

 

Knowledge is…

Organizations should hire people because they believe that they are capable and motivated to do the job. If a hiring manager is qualifying them based on skills alone, she’s focusing on the wrong thing. Skills and knowledge only matter in the context of how they can be put to use. You can look at past accomplishments for evidence.

Contrary to popular wisdom and long-lasting cliches, knowledge is not power, it’s potential power.

Skills and knowledge you have aren’t important. It’s what you do with what you have that matters.

Using your alter ego

One fascinating truth about Superman is that Clark Kent is actually HIS secret identity, the alter-ego.

Kids are always playing and pretending to be people they admire.  Unfortunately for us we eventually grow up, stop pretending, and limit our true power so we can better assimilate into society (like Clark Kent).

But it’s useful and even magic to channel your inner (insert hero).

Find your strengths and don’t hide them.  We’re all Supermen and Women.