“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.” – Victor Frankl
This quote is all about being in charge of your life. If you are setting and achieving goals—you are in charge. If you don’t set any goals for yourself, someone else will set them for you. Like anything in life, if you neglect a loved one, your physical health, your personal improvement, or any number of areas, these things will deteriorate and become drivers.
Drivers can be a divorce, a heart attack, the loss of a job, or even the breaking down of your car due to an inattention to the maintenance of it. Goals that attack the 4 dimensions of life tend to tackle these problems before they become emergencies. Most of our problems in life are caused by us either deliberately or through negligence.
If you have ever looked at Stephen Covey, he has a matrix that he uses to prioritize his “to-do” list. The four quadrants are Urgent and Important (1), Not Urgent and Important (2), Urgent and Not Important (3) and Not Urgent and Not Important (4). Covey stresses the importance of taking care of any quadrant 1 activities because they are true emergencies but advises that all of us should try to remain in quadrant 2 as much as possible. Quadrant 2 tasks are those things we can do today to prevent the emergencies of tomorrow. This includes all of those things that require constant attention: health, loved ones and other important relationships, our spiritual pursuits, and our personal improvement and learning. Frankl’s drivers are Quadrant 1, goal setting and attention to the 4 dimensions of life are quadrant 2. Quadrant 2 is the most important of the 4 quadrants.
If you have never read the book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, I cannot stress it enough. This is the one book I read every year in December as I prepare for the new year. It is a book that will change your life if you take the time to read it.
That’s it for today folks!
Until next time…