1) Where you spend your time
2) Where you spend your money
It has been said, "you can tell a man/woman's priorities and what he/she believes by looking in his/her calendar and checkbook, to see where they invest their time and money."
This is so true. When I do my "Power of P" talk, I have everyone answer a set of 10 basic questions. I'm never amazed at how many come back with the following:
- How many hours do you work a week: 75
- How would your spouse rate the quality time you spend with her on a scale of 10: 3
- How would your children rate the quality time you spend with them on a scale of 10: 4
- What is your top PRIORITY in life: My Family
This is so true in associations as well. More often than not, associations are characterized as a "good old boy network." A good way to way to judge that is to look at where they spend the association's time and money, and how big of an impact it is having on the "full" membership. Is it only benefiting a certain sector of the membership, or is the leadership making decisions that are for the good of the full membership? Are your actions matching up with where your strategic action plan says you are supposed to be spending your money and time?
As an Association and in personal life, it is critical that you have your priorities written down and ask yourself: Do those we serve see our PRIORITIES matching up with our PURPOSE, PASSION, and PRINCIPLES? If not, it's time to make some changes.
Take time over the next week to look at the following: PRIORITIES for your Association and you personally, and ask yourself... are our actions matching up with our words?
1) Layout your action items in your strategic plan from top priority to the last
2) Look at where your funding in your annual budget is allocated
3) Look at where staff and volunteers spend their time
Are your priorities aligned to help solve your members deepest problems and threats to their business?
|Me and My Son|
On a personal level, I would challenge you to take the following typical priorities in a person's life and list them from highest priority down to the lowest priority. Afterwards, look at your day-timer and checkbook...better yet, have those around you (your wife, kids, and friends put these in order for you). ...Talk about a humbling experience!
List of Priorities (put them in order related to where you spend your time/money)
- Other Family
- Volunteering (church/nonprofit work)
- Personal Health
Bottom line...let your actions match your words, and you will begin to experience the "Ultimate Life."
Next week I focus on #5 of the 10 P's... PEOPLE. Don't miss it!