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How to Navigate Life's Chaos to the Fullest by Self-Management

Putting First Things First: The Art of Prioritization and Effective Self-Management

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed - Proverbs 16:3

In the chaos of our daily lives, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the multitude of tasks that demand our attention. However, the true key to success or live a fullest life lies in the art of putting first things first—a principle elegantly articulated by Stephen Covey in his transformative work, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Putting First Things First: The Art of Effective Self-Management and Prioritization

Embarking on the journey towards our goals, Covey's first habit urges us to envision our desired destination. This initial creation relies on our unique human endowments of imagination, consciousness, independent will, and self-awareness. By consistently visualizing our destination, we set the stage for significant positive change in our lives.

The second habit, the power of imagination, compels us to mentally create our aspirations. Whether it's picturing the ideal college, envisioning a dream vacation resort, or imagining our desired physical shape for weight loss, this habit prompts us to transcend our current reality.

Transitioning from mental creation to physical realization, the third habit, Putting First Things First, becomes the cornerstone of effective self-management. This is the execution phase where our envisioned goals transform into tangible outcomes. It requires not only a strong will but also the power of independent will—the ability to make decisions aligned with our values and act upon them.

Your vision and imagination needs to be aligned with your divine calling. As God said, “For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

The first two habits are about leadership and the third is management.

Leadership, as Covey emphasizes, is a right-brain, philosophical, and artistic endeavor. It involves grappling with life's profound questions and addressing personal issues at a deep level. Effective self-management, on the other hand, demands decisions rooted in deeply held values, turning our inner beliefs into actionable steps.

Success is the result of cultivating habits that many avoid—the habits of doing what failures dislike. The ability to subordinate disliking to the strength of purpose, rooted in a clear mission and value system, defines those who succeed against all odds.

The fundamental stumbling block for many lies in the absence of deeply embedded priorities. True discipline, according to Covey, emerges from priorities firmly planted in the heart and mind. It's about recognizing that what we truly believe and value takes precedence.

As we navigate our daily busy lives, taking a few minutes each morning to review our schedules. This practice connects us with the value-based decisions made during organization and provides a soft, right-brain prioritization rooted in our sense of personal mission.

Remember Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3)

In essence, putting first things first is not merely a time management strategy; it's a profound philosophy guiding effective self-management. It requires the cultivation of habits aligned with our values, a clear vision of our unique contribution to the world, and the unwavering power of our independent will. Through these principles, we carve our path to success, transforming aspirations into tangible realities.

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