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Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:40 AM
Prioritize your dreams
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work

In my work helping people find passion in their careers, one of the most common obstacles I see is time. There never seems to be enough of it, and it's easy to let the go-go pressures of modern life push aside the nuts and bolts work of turning your dreams into reality.

The question I always ask is, "Are you giving yourself and your future the priority you deserve? How are you spending your time? Is it moving you forward? Is it keeping you stuck? Moving you backwards?" This applies both to the ways people choose to spend their own time and the time they commit to doing things for others.

If your dreams are taking a backseat to a jam-packed calendar, try this. For one week, pay attention to how you spend your time. You could make an ongoing record through the day, or simply get an approximate picture with an end of the day review each day. For each activity you identify, ask yourself, "Is this moving me forward? Is spending time on this where my priority should be?" (Hint: your television will almost never qualify as moving you forward.)

Your time is a scarce resource. Getting a picture of where your time is going, and making prioritized choices on how you want to spend it is an important step in making the most of it and turning your dreams into reality.

1 comment

Jodee Bock - 4/6/2006 12:23:15 AM
Thanks, Curt, for the great reminders about 1) passion and 2) time. I find that very few of my clients (and it's true even for me sometimes) take the time to think about their own careers - and heaven forbid most of them would even consider how passion would fit in to that mix. Isn't it interesting how time is so often compared to money (in fact, most people will tell you that time IS money). We spend both, we save both, we hoard both, yet when it comes right down to it, we never seem to have enough of either. When we can get more clear about where the passion is (or isn't) in our lives, I believe - like you do, Curt, that the amount of either time or money won't matter. Only when we get rid of the notion of quantity will we really be able to passionately experience the quality. Thanks for the great thoughts! Jodee


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