Often I am asked what my top priorities are in life. Maybe it’s just me, but the word priorities seems like an oxymoron.

How can a word that is by definition singular be made plural?

While there are many activities and pursuits that make up a life, there can really only be one priority. You have to decide on something.

For me, one of the best reminders of what is important was written by a guy named James Dobson, who founded an organization called Focus on the Family. Dobson once wrote . . .

“I have concluded that the accumulation of wealth, even if I could achieve it, is an insufficient reason for living. When I reach the end of my days, a moment or two from now, I must look back on something more meaningful than the pursuit of houses and land and machines and stocks and bonds. Nor is fame of any lasting benefit. I will consider my earthly existence to have been wasted unless I can recall a loving family, a consistent investment in the lives of people, and an earnest attempt to serve the God who made me. Nothing else makes much sense.”

If you are having trouble finding joy in your life, could it be that you have settled on the wrong priority?

Maybe it’s time for you to become a bit more singular, stop chasing happiness, and live by “A” priority.

Here is a quote from Martin Baxbaum to consider as you attempt to focus on what matters . . .

“You can use most any measure when you’re speaking of success . . . You can measure it in a fancy home, expensive car or dress . . . But the measure of your real success is one you cannot spend . . . It’s the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.”

If you were to choose a ‘singular priority’ for the next month, what would it be?

Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.