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Rank Of Prioritization

Green Belt - The Rank Of Prioritization

Posted: February 26, 2019

"Patience without persistence is procrastination, and procrastination is a dirty habit."



Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well.

Your feedback and questions are very much appreciated.

Thank you.

We are up to Habit 3, which Dr. Covey calls Put First Things First.

He suggests that you should prioritize your entire life.

It requires a degree of maturity when deciding the relative importance of the things in our lives.

Take it seriously. Your true priorities dominate your life.

Choose wisely.

Our priorities naturally change throughout time.

It is disconcerting that we are frequently unaware of what we value, until we lose it.

Isn't that true?

We choose our values.

Our behaviors should logically follow our chosen values.

Often they do not.

What we say is not always what we do.

What we do is what we really value.

Carefully inspect your last 72 hours.

Have you used your time in accordance with what you believe are your priorities?

Go back a little further, let's say a full week.

How does the last 168 hours of your life stack up to your declared values and priorities?

Sometimes we put the urgent ahead of the important.

It is a revealing exercise to examine carefully how the "urgent" came to be.

It is usually a direct consequence of neglecting the "important."

I recommend that you write down the most important things in your life.

Literally come up with your top 10 list. It is a fantastic exercise.

If you want to start with a simpler version, try prioritizing the your TCMA curriculum.

You probably did this as a Green Belt (or you will).

By the time a student earns their Green Belt, they begin to value many aspects of training that seemed meaningless a few months earlier.

I am certain that you came to a point where you decided to rethink and reevaluate your goals and reasons for training.

Give it some more thought, and some more action by writing it down!

Discover where your Martial Arts training fits in with your most important priorities.

I think you are going to be delighted to find out that your training permeates the important things in your life in positive and productive ways.

We will delve into Habit 4 - Think Win-Win, next time.

If you have not done so, I recommend that you get The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and read it.

When you finish it, read it again. Rinse and repeat.

"A smart man can see more from the bottom of a mountain than a fool can see from the top of one. A wise man climbs it anyway."


I look forward to seeing you and your family on the mat at the Dojo. 


Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

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