I just read a great post at Gary Hart’s Sales DuJour Blog. I’m so thankful for his taking the time to point up such an important concept: setting intentional goals for our lives. Gary sat down years ago and decided what things were really important to him. From that day till now, these have been the goals that inspired him through good times and bad.
Our quality of life is directly related to our diligence in living according to the principles which we have realized in the quiet reflection of our souls to be critical, true and unchanging. Balancing work, family, friends, charity and social responsibility become much easier when we settle once and for all what we stand for and how we intend to impact our world.
As business professionals, we have goals, deadlines; constant pressure to perform. Many have found, as Gary has, that these stresses exact a much less demanding toll on us when we live for the things that really matter to us. We can endure because we know it ultimately helps us reach the outcomes we desire.
In Gary’s case, as with so many of us, he keeps a photo of his beloved wife close at hand as a reminder of why he does what he does. A person can live for 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 minutes without air, 3 seconds without hope.
My advice: Do take time to step away from the grind and sort out why you do what you do. Once your sure about that, go get em’ and give it all you got.