priorities

The 5 Regrets of the Dying: Part 2

Last week we started taking a look at the 5 regrets of the dying.

We started with the most common: Living based on someone else’s expectations instead of being true to yourself.

If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

The second regret is, “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”

People spend the best hours of their life exchanging time for dollars.  All the while rationalizing that it’s temporary.  We tell ourselves, “soon it will be different.”

We’ll get that promotion.

We’ll get that raise.

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Get Rid of Unproductive Days Once and for All

How many of us have reached the end of the day and felt like we really didn’t accomplish anything?  (For what it’s worth, I’m raising my hand right now.)  Great years are made of great months, which are made of great weeks, which are simply made of great days.  String a bunch of productive days together and your life will get really good really quickly.  Do the opposite and you can go into an all-out stall.

What if there was a way to get rid of unproductive days forever?  What if you could get to the end of every day and, without exception, say, “today was a good day?”  What if you could do that and not be required to transform into some sort of uber-disciplined superhuman?  Well you can.  With a simple technique called “The Big 5.”

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Intentions Are Meaningless

In our life, there is only one thing that matters: what we DO.

Intentions are meaningless.

Actions count.

Would you like to REALLY know what your priorities are?  Track what you do on a typical day in 15 minute increments.  There’s your answer.

“I love my family.  They’re my highest priority.”  Really?  How many total minutes were invested in those relationships?

“I care about nurturing and developing my people.”  Really?  How many minutes were spent conceiving and executing a development plan for your team?

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Activity vs. Accomplishment

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