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Priorities

Better to do a little well than a great deal badly.
Socrates

When you set priorities you are literally writing history in advance.
Tom Skinner

Heather’s illness made me think: Not that golf was unimportant to me, but that my petulance was ridiculous. Here I was getting angry about missing a green with a 5-iron from 210 yards, and my wife had a life-threatening illness.
Darren Clarke

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Lin Yutang

Keep in mind that you are always saying no to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.
Helen Keller

Priorities

How you spend your time reveals your priorities. You always have time for the things you put first.
Taro Gold

When your schedule leaves your brain drained and stressed to exhaustion, it’s time to give up something. Delegate. Say no. Be brutal. It’s like cleaning out a closet – after a while, it gets easier to get rid of things. You discover that you really didn’t need them anyway.
Marilyn Ruman

We all find time to do what we really want to do.
William Feather

I win Player of the Year, and 48 hours later I’m in Bucharest seeing street kids. I mean, how important is golf when you see something like that?
Betsy King

I often let football become more than a career to me – it was sometimes an obsession. As I began to understand what the Bible taught about loving God and my family, it helped me put football in perspective. While it didn’t mean I wanted to win any less, I realized whatever I did or didn’t accomplish as coach of the Cowboys wasn’t the most important thing in my life. And that helped take some of the pressure off.
Tom Landry

Learn to Say No

Highly successful people are able to say no.
Susan Collins

Your capacity to say no determines your capability to say yes to greater things.
E. Stanley Jones

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the best is often the good.
Stephen Covey

All of the mistakes I ever made in my life were when I wanted to say No, and said Yes.
Moss Hart

Develop the ability to say “no” to things for which you have no time, talent or sincere interest. By learning to say “no” to such things, you will be able to say “yes” to the ones that matter most. Don’t try to be all things to all people; you’ll end up disappointing a great many of them.
Scott Vantrella

Priorities

Successful people know how to say no without feeling guilty.
Jack Canfield

Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.
George Allen

Some objectives are clearly more critical than others. We must learn to distinguish between what is “merely important” and what is “wildly important.” A “wildly important goal” carries serious consequences. Failure to achieve these goals renders all other achievements relatively inconsequential.
Stephen Covey

Priorities are the vehicles that turn your dreams into reality.
Bobb Biehl

There are only so many hours in a day and only so many things any of us can do and still do well. Prioritizing is a must. Without it – that is, without formally or informally listing in order of importance what is necessary and what is negotiable – the important things tend to slip down on the list. Prioritizing is a moment-to-moment necessity, not just an issue of long-term planning.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger

The Power of Priorities

The tyranny of the urgent will always out-shout the essential nature of the important, if we let it. We have to determine not to let that happen. The secret is establishing personal priorities.
Charles Swindoll

Taking first things first often reduced the most complex human problems to a manageable proportion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Priorities become a grid to help us distinguish opportunity from distraction. They are filters through which we can sift daily decisions to make sure we keep on track.
Patrick Morley

Decide what your priorities are and how much time you’ll spend on them. If you don’t, someone else will.
Harvey Mackay

It is not until you have a burning yes inside of you about what is truly important, that you can pleasantly, smilingly, cheerfully, say no to all of that which is urgent, but not truly important. The more we are free from non-necessities, the more we are free to do the more meaningful actions of our lives.
Stephen Covey

Learn to Say No

You cannot protect your priorities unless you learn to decline, tactfully but firmly, every request that does not contribute to the achievement of your goals.
Edwin Bliss

Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Overcommitment and time pressures are the greatest destroyers of marriages and families. It takes time to develop any friendship, whether with a loved one or with God Himself.
James Dobson

You have one failing you must overcome, one thing you must learn if you are to be a completely happy woman, maybe the most important lesson in living – you must learn to say no.
Charlie Chaplin, to Sophia Loren

Priorities

Better to do a little well than a great deal badly.
Socrates

When you set priorities you are literally writing history in advance.
Tom Skinner

Heather’s illness made me think: Not that golf was unimportant to me, but that my petulance was ridiculous. Here I was getting angry about missing a green with a 5-iron from 210 yards, and my wife had a life-threatening illness.
Darren Clarke

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Lin Yutang

Keep in mind that you are always saying no to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.
Helen Keller