The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. - Stephen Covey


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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


"The main thing
is to keep the main thing
the main thing."

Yeah, you might just want to read that again. It's one of my favorite quotes I got from a Steven Covey book. It is to say that PRIORITIZING the important things in your life is a key to living a fulfilling life. Of course, to do this, you must first decide what is important to you.

I often find myself stressing out over an issue that, when I get some distance from it, find is not really all that important to me. And even worse, I find the things I feel most passionate about sometimes wind up on the back burner! We will all have different priorities, but the important thing is that we all prioritize them!

So what means the most to me?
Am I actively pursuing that?
What is one thing I can do TODAY to make progress in that area?

All Things Possible!


  • At 5:00 AM, September 29, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is huge. Relating to heaps of us i'm sure.

    I was out with friends today and read this quote from a book and remembered it for some reason. It fits this perfectly: "Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power & magic in it."
    It could mean different things to different people but what i understood from it was to just go for it.
    Everyone makes plans relating to something they want improved in their lives weither it be weight, talent, judgement, simple abilities like socialisation etc and we are constantly making plans, packs, and deals with ourselves/others. Then, it's not long when you realise you're not following through on anything you've previously 'intended' on doing. Then you look at yourself once again not long down the track and realise.

    For me, i've had enough of constintly putting things off. My dreams are to become an actor or singer and make it big! Bringing new characters to life and showing people what i'm about through my music and songs have been a constnt fire burning in me for too long to remember. And because of this everlasting desire, i have no plans on giving them up! So, to do this, i'm doing anything that will help me in some way!

    There have been many opportunities for me to do 'something' when it comes to acting and singing weither it be school productions, singing recitals, jamming with mates in the garage, singing at family parties or for friends etc. What i've come to realise over the years is that even the smallest steps in the right direction build up on something possibly huge and amazing! Yea, you hear of all these famous people telling us they were in the right place at the right time, they didn't really need to work as hard and long before someone realised their talent and it's awesome! But for those of us who aren't exactly in the right places any of the time, who's to say can't still work with what we've got begind the scenes...

    I remember chris telling me (i hope you don't mind mate) that he lived up in the hills when he was younger and was kind of secluded in a way from others. Yet although this was the case, he still worked and prepared himself for what was outside so to speak. and because of this positive attitude and absence of accepting failure, he became a guy who people all over the world admire and for himself, became stronger, more confident, and outright awesome! Not to mention successful lol!

    My point is, everything you can do in life that can slightly assist in building and working towards your dreams or ambitions, do it! Weither it be enrolling in sporting teams in your town or suburb, performing infront of family or friends, reading (which is a huge possitive resource), doing weights in free time at home, going for runs and trying to beat your record each week or something etc you'll be really suprised how far you advance and move toward that desire you're working on. So, to sum up....just go for it! Anything in the right direction is a positive move!

    Cheers Mates,
    Matt from down-under

    I keep loosing my username and password so sorry about the whole anonymous identity. I'll find the right info eventually........when i get round to cleaning up around here lol!

  • At 7:13 PM, October 02, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Matt wrote a great post about holding onto your dream and taking steps toward it, even if they are small ones, just keep on keeping on. It's neat to read how others work to keep themselves motivated. Thanks for the inspiring words, Matt!
    As for me, I liked Chris' quote about keeping the main thing the main thing. Yet I'm discovering that the main thing often gets buried beneath the clutter of my life. And sometimes, I'm not certain what the main thing is at all. So my main thing right now, I figure, is focusing on managing this life clutter, so that I'm open to the direction and path to take and can manage the steps to get on that road and reach my destination.
    I've a long way to go, and it's great to visit here now and then, to tune into Chris' possibility thinking web community. I always get inspired! -- MBP

  • At 4:58 AM, October 03, 2005 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Matt- instead of using anonymous click on other and type in your name. You dont have to use blogger to have your name shown. Good luck Mate! Great post by the way - well said.

  • At 2:23 AM, October 06, 2005 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Good one again, Chris; and great post, Matt!

    During a couple of costume workshops I took some time ago I picked up a good way to remember the important stuff in live. I found that you can apply it not only in the daily business but it also helps you set and achieve your important goals. You know: 'the things that matter'. Basically, you think of an archer getting ready to shoot an arrow. The three steps to take are: pick a goal, aim, shoot. Simple as it may sound, I often find myself distracted from the task at hand, no matter how passionate I may feel about it, simply because I'm doing too much at the same time. (Having trouble keeping the 'main thing' the 'main thing'.) In the end, you do bits of all and nothing gets really finished. The above reminder gets me back on track, keeps me focused and makes me finish what I started! It's usually not until I've 'forced' myself back to work that I realise again how much I love what I'm doing and how lucky I am to be doing it. And then there's no stopping me!!
    So, 'pick a goal' means putting your mind to the task at hand, decide what you want to get done and getting your priorities straight. 'Aim' means thinking about the way you are going to get it done, what work will you (or are you willing to!) put into it. And 'shoot' stands for getting it done and hitting the target! And look at that: bullseye!!!

    Here's another little phrase that I love. It comes from a thing called the ZAP-code (don't ask!) and I think it's very relevant.

    "Do what you will,
    You know what you should.
    and if a thing is worth doing,
    it's worth doing good"

    Be Inspired!!

  • At 7:38 PM, October 06, 2005 , Anonymous MBP said...

    I am inspired, Jaschenka, from thinking about your image of the archer. That's a beautiful way to stay focused "on the main thing" you wish to accomplish. Thanks for sharing what works to keep you going amidst life's distractions. I'm going to try it!


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