The hardest part of day-to-day life is keeping on track and prioritized. In much of our life we major on the minors, and minor on the majors. We start out with good intentions. We are aimed in the right direction, but for some reason we get off track. Imagine an airplane leaving Atlanta headed to Paris. The headings are set and the flight plan is filed. The plane leaves Atlanta but somewhere over the ocean the pilot decides to change his heading by two degrees. That may not be much in the beginning, but it will drastically change the destination. When we blur the lines of things in our life we soon get off course, ever so slightly, until ultimately it changes our destination.
It is easy to blur the lines between:
1- Low & High Priority – Time management knowing what it most important and accomplishing it first. When we spend quality time on things that are low priority we quickly move off course.
2- Direction & Vision – Just because you are going somewhere does not mean you are headed in the right direction. Vision keeps you focused on the goal.
3- Speed & Pace – We often equate movement with achievement. Just because you are busy, it does not mean you are accomplishing a task. Pacing yourself means you are intentionally working toward a goal.
4- Personality & Character – We commonly mistake someone’s likeability with character, but that could be far from the truth. Character is not what someone says or how much you may like them. Character speaks of who they are no matter what kind of personality they may have.
Blurring the lines gives a false impression or a bias toward the important things in life.