In my work I use a strategic agenda to guide and prioritize my agenda. It is one page with a series of three broad areas and a list of topics within each. There is a natural sequence to the items the page – from the customer to the internal, from the most important to the important but less than the one before it. In addition to progressing the conversations related to the topics, I also focus my attention on the programs that are underway related to the subject.
The simplicity of the page often tends to mask the complexity and scope. It also does not speak to the potential conflicts that occur when you have competing points in your agenda. What comes first at the exclusion of everything else? Even with a force-ranked list, one wants to have multiple activities underway. Is there an equivalent to a doctor’s overwhelming patient mantra of “Do no harm”?
When it comes to work, I always find that I filter my priorities by what touches the customer and within that the largest financial impact to the company or individual that pays our bills.
As I think of the external focus, I find the principle extends along Paul’s lines to the arching principle of relationships. “On the other hand, if the unbelieving spouse walks out, you’ve got to let him or her go. You don’t have to hold on desperately. God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can.” (1 Corinthians 7.15)
Life is complex and confusing. Often the way forward is not clear. Knowing one’s values and priorities helps. One should anticipate that the future maybe difficult to see. Having a view on the simple mantras one wants to hold onto is a helpful guide when these situations come.
In the night’s quietness, I peacefully review what is important. The values I hold close to my heart inform my awareness. The experiences I have had with God remind me of the strength Divinity offers each. Courage and Commitment are present. Above all, there is Hope.