On a monthly mentoring team call that I host, a mentee relayed her priorities. And the “why” behind them. All truly admirable. But she was failing!
-Complete final three bachelor’s courses
-Spend quality family time
-Maintain health/score an “Excellent” on annual military fitness test
And in 12 months, she’d made ZERO progress!
So I asked her where she was spending time.
-630 Wakeup, take kids to daycare
-730-1100 Work (safety investigations/inspections)
-1100-1200 Lunch with colleagues (fast food to go)
-1200-5pm Work (training/inspections)
-5pm Pick up kids/cook dinner
-6pm Family time (watch 2/3 hrs of TV/internet) to “decompress”
Do you see disconnects?
Show me your calendar and I’ll show you your real priorities. This is a version of the unattributed saying “Show me a person’s checkbook and I can tell you what he cares about.”
What do you want? And what does your calendar say?