“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am beginning to feel the excitement of the New Year, just like everyone out there who is looking forward to a great year in 2014. I know some of us cannot just wait considering the weight of vision and dream in our hearts for the year 2014. However, it is important to know that it is not in jumping into the year. Many have done so in past and got nothing out the years past. It is in knowing what are the first things that need to be attended to first. It is in setting a guided and informed list of what your priorities would be for 2014. By so doing, you would have a smooth running 2014 and if anything ever goes wrong, you will know how and where to track it down. This is why Day 59 of #LAST70DAYSOF2013 is on ‘first things first’.
So what does it mean to have first things first? To me it means putting the horse before the cart. It means doing things in the proper order. It means not skipping the important things you should do first. It means identifying those primary things that are important to you and that will contribute to your success in 2014 and giving attention to them first. These are those things that when you neglect them, then there is nothing you will do to achieve success. This is why it is very important to attend to them first even as the year opens up its treasure of glory and goodness to you.
Important as this may be, just as our dreams, visions, passion and goals for the year vary, so also what is most important to us may vary widely. However, I feel that there are a few things that no matter what your dream, vision and goals for 2014 would be, we would all have them in common as the first things that need to be given our attention.
Before we list them, it is very important that we understand why attending to first things first is important, why we all need to set our priorities right. Well, the first thing is that the success and greatness of your 2014 will depend on it. How will that be? Prioritizing gives you focus. Prioritizing gives you orderliness. Prioritizing helps you clear the clutter in your daily life. Prioritizing helps you maximize your limited resources.
So here a few things I feel should be on my list of ‘first things first’.
Give your year totally to God. Let your life be fully committed first to His Kingdom and its expansion.
Identify what you really really really want to achieve. Limit them to a manageable number.
Identify what you need to have (skills, people, resources, etc) to achieve what you want.
Plan your time and days ahead of time so that only important things take your time from you.
Identify what things will bring you joy and happiness and focus on them.
In fact, to succeed in 2014, you must like Steven Covey said in his book, classify all the things in your life into four groups of urgent and important, not urgent but important, urgent but not important and lastly, not urgent and not important. If you can do that, you will discover how smoothly life will go for you in coming year.
Prayer: You will not waste your precious time, energy, resources and connections on the wrong goals and targets in 2014. May you only invest in things that will worth it in Jesus name. Amen!