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The Power of Prioritizing

The number of minutes and hours in every day have never been the issue for successful business people.

Allyson Lewis, 11/24/2011

Prioritizing how you will choose to spend your time implies that you have first clarified and ranked what is most important for you in life. In the introduction of a book I highly recommend, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, Winifred Gallagher made three statements that define attention and helped me understand the magnitude of every tiny decision regarding what I consciously choose to focus my attention on. She wrote:

1. "Indeed, your ability to focus on this and suppress that is the key to controlling your experience and, ultimately, your well-being."

2. "What you focus on from this moment will create the life and person yet to be."

3. "Your life becomes the sum total of what you focus on."

Priorities help you determine your this's and that's in life. The number of minutes and hours in every day have never been the issue for successful business people; great success is created by focusing your full attention, your drive, and your passion on the priorities that are most important to you and the clients you serve.

Last month I told the story of Michael Sears, a 36-year-old financial advisor who had a serious stroke--in that moment, his priorities and his life changed forever. Not surprisingly, as he prioritized his daily work habits to align with his highest personal values, his revenues rose dramatically.

The '7 Minute' Priorities & Values Survey Results
In our last article we invited you to participate in our "7 Minute" Priorities & Values Survey (we welcome you to take the survey by clicking here). These are some of the results so far:

When was the last time you prioritized your values in writing?

Allyson Lewis is the author of The Seven Minute Difference. She speaks about improving time-management, increasing productivity, and rediscovering purpose. Find out more about her new online video training program, The 7 Minute Life System, here. She also has a blog and a Twitter account.

The author is not an employee of Morningstar, Inc. The views expressed in this article are the author's. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Morningstar.

The author is a freelance contributor to MorningstarAdvisor.com. The views expressed in this article may or may not reflect the views of Morningstar.
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