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I will tell you that in order to reach your goals in business you first need 2 things:

This topic alone could take the allotted time today but to simplify things let’s say that:

These are foundational priorities to business success. But many ignore this

Take 2008 for example. The market crashed. Many people lost their jobs and had difficulty finding another. Many just started businesses because they felt that they were good at what they did, so what’s wrong with that?

The challenge was they put their faith in what they did, but did little to address what they didn't know. They failed to prioritize the steps

Luke 14:28 (NIV) 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it

Too many of us do business by the seat of our pants. Yes, some succeed, but the overwhelming majority do not.

So having said that there are 4 thoughts I believe will help you to better understand the power of establishing good priorities

  1. Busyness does not equal productivity.
    • Activity is not necessarily accomplishment.
  2. Leaders never advance to a point where they no longer need to prioritize.
    • Leaders never "arrive" but are always on the journey
    • Prioritizing requires leaders to continually think ahead, to know what’s important, to see how everything relates to the overall vision and then put that into action
    • Gauging and prioritizing Opportunities, new and old
  3. The Pareto Principle – if you focus your attention on the activities that rank in the top 20 percent in terms of importance or production, you will receive an 80 percent return on your effort.
    • For example, if you have 100 customers, the top 20 will provide you 80% of your business, so focus on them.
    • Focus 80% on your strengths.
  4. Leaders must order their lives according to the Three “R’s” –