FRIDAY BOOK REVIEW WITH CHUKS | FIRST THINGS FIRST BY STEPHEN R. COVEY.

Just few days to HAPPY New Year and so what?

After seeing the movie, Invictus, I got a better understanding of the life of His Excellency, Nelson Mandela (Madiba).

He understood how First Things First work so well that he showed his attention was on the unity of the nation of SA and nothing else.

That was a compelling vision that drove him until his death. He was so influential he could call Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II by her first name.

2020 is just barely 26 days from now and I want to ask: Do you have your goals ready? What will direct your life more in 2020? What happened in 2019 that you regret so well about? What do you want to see change in 2020?

Stephen Covey had to mention this about the lives of many:

The truth is this: we want to do lots of things and that time is not there. Few know how to keep what’s major major and what’s minor minor.

In our usual brief style, we’ll see the book FIRST THINGS FIRST in 12 Points, 12 Quotes and 12 Questions.

THE POINTS (This time, I’ll do it in 12 words)

Have a vision which controls your goals and review your life periodically.

THE QUOTES

“The Enemy of the best is the good.

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.

Where there’s no gardener, there’s no garden.

It’s easy to say no when there’s a deeper yes burning inside.

Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

Anytime we think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem.

It is that a meaningful life is not a matter of speed or efficiency. It’s much more a matter of what you do and why you do it, than how fast you get it done.

More important than how fast you’re going, is where you’re headed. Goals that are connected to our inner life have the power of passion and principle.

The wisdom literature of thousands of years of history repeatedly validates the reality that the greatest fulfillment in improving ourselves comes in our empowerment to more effectively reach out and help others. Quality of life is inside-out.

THE QUESTIONS

1. What is your life’s vision?

2. Do you have a long term goal? (It mustn’t be 20 years or 30. It can be 5 or 10).

3. If you do, can you review it today or soon before 2020 comes on?

4. Can you also write down from that long term goal things you’ll accomplish in 2020?

5. If you don’t have a long term goal, can you get a materiel or this book to help you with that?

6. Does your goals include these areas of life – finance, spiritual, career/business, relationship and health?

7. What areas, as an employee, will you want to grow personally in 2020?

8. Are there books you’ll like to study in 2020?

9. What if you buy a course for 2020 or download certain videos from YouTube in 2020?

10. Do you have names of three people you’ll like to meet in 2020 and maybe those you’ll news to spend less time with?

11. When you die, what would you want to be remembered for?

12. What will you begin to do in 2020 to move in that direction?

First Things First is an important read for a time like this. Remember, your life outcomes will be as a result of your decisions.

Get on it and begin to create 2020 now!

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