Monthly Archives: June 2013

Priorities in Life

Have you determined your priorities for today, this week, this month, or this year? What are your priorities?

Stephen Covey: Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Stephen Covey is remembered as the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold over 25 million copies.  Many have read this book, but this habit list comes from, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens in school. Although worded differently, the list may allow the habits to be more memorable:

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Quotes from Stephen Covey that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.

  • The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
  • The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
  • Live out of your imagination, not your history.
  • Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
  • Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
  • You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.
  • I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.
  • Live, love, laugh, and leave a legacy.

Other Quotes to Consider…

Action expresses priorities.  Mahatma Gandhi

Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.    Scott Caan

Don’t have your path lead to “Busy Fools’ Syndrome”.  What goes hand in hand with trying to do “more with less” is learning what to take off the priority list.  What’s more important than having a “To Do” list is having a “To Don’t” list.


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This morning I reflected on the importance of friendship.

Elbert Hubbard Quote

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Who Packs Your Parachute?

Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air  missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant,  a man at another table came up and said, You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!

How in the world did you know that? asked Plumb. I packed your parachute, the man replied.  Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said,  I guess it worked!     Plumb assured him, It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man.  Plumb says, I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform:  a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’  or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.  Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table  in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, Who’s packing your parachute?  Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

Remember and reflect on the valuable people in your life.

Thank you to for the inspirational stories.

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