Why do I think priorities are more important than goals?
After running a couple of successful goal-setting boot camps, I realized that I need to enhance my forte by stepping to priority-setting boots camps. Truth to be told, I take pride in my wisdom by knowing why people fail to complete their goals, which is mainly because they do not have their priorities set straight for themselves.
They may know how to set their goals and use S.M.A.R.T goal setting technique, but then they still fail in the end. There are a lot of reasons that explains why people fail in their goal-setting efforts
I would like to emphasize on the following two major reasons:
- They do not know what their priorities are
- They have too many priorities
Firstly, you should find out what your priorities are, and you can do it easily by using a powerful tool – the wheel of life. This tool will help you to have a helicopter view of your life. You will need to pick the 8 most significant areas of your life. After you select them, choose only 3 areas as your priorities and set the respective goals for them. Here is a blog post I wrote about goal-setting and planning.
I highly recommend selecting only 3 areas – go ahead and work on the selected 3 areas for a year. If needed, you can switch them around a bit, but keeping a constant of only three choices. Do not get confused with the idea that you can have it all at the same time.
Yes, you can have it all, but at different times!
Priorities without goals won’t become reality. As, without priorities, goals become direction-less. (Or… And goals without priorities won’t have direction) If the goals you are setting are not important to you, you most likely won’t follow them, as they were never your priorities in the beginning.
Always remember – first set priorities, and then attain your goals.