Here are some great lessons from a pickle jar!
Some of you may be familiar with this video or its message. Basically, the video reminds us to start with the important things first. It shows us in a simple and visual way how to prioritize our lives. Brian Tracy calls this “Eat the Frog!” In other words, do what is important and hard first, then the rest is easier. Conversely, when we fill up our lives with the small stuff, we don’t have room or time for the important stuff. I’ve offered some steps to help us manifest those priorities.
1- Priorities come first
First we need to decide what is most important for us based on our values, then proceed to align our lives with those priorities. When we align our life with our priorities everything flows much easier. The professor in the video suggests that family, friends and health are the most important.
2- Action is second
The video suggests things like home, work, car and money are the next most important. I feel that after our values and goals, actions are the next most important. I’m finding more and more, that my actions lead not only to results, but to a better attitude. But rather than debate whether attitude or action is most important, maybe we can say that they are both important and work together synergistically. 🙂
3- Aligning our life with our priorities
As we begin aligning our lives with our values and visions, we develop confidence, trust, results and flow. This creates an energy or momentum that adds to the flow and ease in our lives.
4- Happiness is living in integrity with our own values and priorities
As I’ve written before, I believe happiness is the by-product of a well-lived life, not the goal. Our purpose, passion, values and vision set the tone for our lives. And as we align with our values and vision, we start accomplishing our goals. Then, we find a lasting happiness that has depth and meaning because it is based on what matters most to us. And find we find contentment from living purposefully.
5- There’s always room for dessert!
Add the chocolate milk or whatever treats speak to you! In other words, don’t forget to celebrate your progress, accomplishments or simply the gift of life itself. It’s very important to celebrate, play and enjoy life along the way to our goals and destinations. In fact, I believe the process is more important than the results. How about you?
Were you surprised by the video? The first time I saw the video, I was very surprised by how the jar kept being able to hold more and more stuff. It’s a great reminder to focus on what matters most, then fill in the details and smaller things in life.