It was only in the 1900’s that it became possible to use the word ‘priorities’.
For the preceding 500 years it was simply ‘priority’.
It was singular.
It meant the very first thing.
Something that must happen immediately prior.
Do you ever have those days where you have so much to do, and you end up working on so many things that you never really get any of them done?
Try setting a #1 priority for each day.
Make it one thing you can hit out of the park. Something that will move your dream forward. Something that will give you a moment of pride when you complete it.
Then do that FIRST.
[NB it takes effort to think about your priority every day, and more discipline to do it, but the pay back is incredible. Do give it a try]
I wonder what important parcels or documents are on board this DHL plane? I am sure that somewhere a person waits for the arrival of a parcel, that is possibly the most important thing in their life right now.
At the conference, most of the speakers felt like they had something important to say. They have important jobs, and it was critical they get their learning across.
Important comes from the word import. To import means to ‘bring in’. We can tell what is important in our lives by the things we ‘bring in’. What we buy, how we spend our downtime, who we talk to, all indicate the things we think are important.
Lets be honest for a moment. Important focuses on ME!
Exportant is not a word but maybe it should be. It would mean to ‘give out’. Maybe our lives should be measured less by what we bring in and more measured by what we give out.
Then how we spend our money, our downtime and how we talk to people, would be focused on what we give out, rather than what we bring in.
Then we would be exportant.
And most probably what we actually do, would become genuinely important.