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Connecting The Dots: Focus On The Big Rocks (The Dotted Line)

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Published on Oct 7, 2011

Imagine your life as represented by a jar. You want to live a "full" life and of course no matter how you live your life you fill it up with something. One thing or another consumes every moment of your life. Some things are more valuable than others and the trick, if there is one, is to get more the stuff of value into our lives and less of the stuff of little of no value.

There are at least 4 types of things we can fill your life (our jar) up with:

Big Rocks, which represent that which is most important and not urgent.
Rocks, which represent that which is important AND urgent.
Gravel, which represents that which is most urgent and not important.
Sand, which represents that which is neither important nor urgent.

If we put the sand in first and then the gravel and then the rocks... there will not be room enough to get the "Big Rocks" in. We simply will not have time. These "Big Rocks" will be outside the jar and even though we desire them... they won't make it. These "Big Rocks" could be things like our health, relationships, planning, preparation, prevention, creativity, personal time, and much more.

If we put the "Big Rocks" in first then the rocks are forced to move around them and the gravel is forced to move around the "Big Rocks" and the rocks. The sand can only get into the space left behind or created by how the "Big Rocks" are placed.

Putting the "Big Rocks" in our lives first not only enables us to live a "full" life... it actually makes our life larger (the jar gets bigger). People with lifestyles like this live longer, happier and healthier lives relative to their peers.

Goethe said: "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least." I say: "Unless you're consciously committed to the important, you're subconsciously committed to the unimportant."

Another quotation: "The world can use these words. I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. Then it is gone. But to surrender what you are and live without belief, that's more terrible than dying, even more terrible than dying young." -- Joan of Arc's last words.

Focus on the "Big Rocks" this week and make something awesome happen.

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