Your “Why”


In order to be successful in reaching your goals in the LSW program, it is important to understand where those goals fit amoungst your other goals and lifestyle when faced with “competing priorities”


It is one thing to have a goal, but ultimately the availability of resources will influence if it can be accomplished. For example, “time” is often the determinant for many. Additionally, we decide the amount of resource devoted to a goal. For example if time is available, or how much will be made available. Much of this gets sorted out when thinking about one’s “values” and “principles”.

In Steven Covey’s book “First Things First”, he talks about the difference between the clock and the compass. This is to distinguish between what is truly important to us and how we actually spend our time. Without the compass, time management results in our being efficient at organizing activities that may not matter so much to us. This can lead to dissapointment.

The book “First Things First” is really amplification on Habit 3 in the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, also written by Covey. Habit 7 in this book is about “Sharpen the Saw”. This is about one's "production capability". It involves a commitment to exercise all parts of our mind, body, heart, and soul to increase our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Covey declares, "This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life - investment in ourselves.” It is the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute. We are the instruments of our own performance, and to be effective, we need to recognize the importance of taking time regularly to sharpen the saw in all four ways."

These books are highly recommend. Start with First Things First as it applies very well to creating a healthy “family” environment.

One of the “habits” Covey conveys is to “plan weekly and implement daily”. This is the way to be proactive in creating the time for your priorities. In practice, one will take a day of the week such as Saturday or Sunday, review their goals and put the tasks leading to goal accomplishment on the weekly calendar. The importance of this to the LSW program is that time is made available for your lifestyle needs (Sharpen the Saw). During the “moments of truth” when conflicting demands on our time occur, we can be guided by the Time Management Matrix. These demands can be put into one of the four quadrants.

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Sometimes, our time can disappear like sand in an hour glass due to many “Quadrant III and IV” activities which are not in support of our goals or in line with our compass.


This topic has much more content to be fully understood than is covered here. At this time, we simply want you to be clear on your “Why” (you are in the program and your goals) and to understand the degree to which it is a “compelling priority” to accomplish. If your “Why” is simply a “nice to have”, it may not be compelling enough to pursue when confronted with other demands on your time and other resources. We also want to set the stage for you starting the habit of “plan weekly and implement daily” to ensure you have a plan each week for the tasks related to Lifestyle needed to meet your goals and also to protect that time during moments of competing priorities.

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