Steven Covey Meets Paul - First Things First

Written by Greg Ryan

Iím not sure Paul hadrepparttar Japanese culture in mind atrepparttar 148412 time when he writes, ďSeek ye firstrepparttar 148413 Kingdom of God and all other things will be added unto you.Ē Iím not sure how much popularityrepparttar 148414 bible has in Japan today either. Yet, it seems as thoughrepparttar 148415 Japanese people have at least one biblical principle figured out. Inrepparttar 148416 book, ďFirst Things FirstĒ, Steven Covey helps us understand how and whyrepparttar 148417 Japanese people think how they do and accomplish so much more than Americanís in a same twenty-four hour period. Covey explains, that we can divide all our daily tasks into two main areas of our lives. One area isrepparttar 148418 Important/Urgent-NOT Urgent area andrepparttar 148419 second consists of tasks inrepparttar 148420 NOT Important/NOT Urgent area.

Inrepparttar 148421 last twenty years Corporate America has marveled atrepparttar 148422 efficiency and productivity ofrepparttar 148423 Japanese worker. So we decided to study their behaviors. Over time researchers have come to this conclusion that boils down to one basic principle,repparttar 148424 ď80/20 ruleĒ in life. They found thatrepparttar 148425 Japanese spend eighty percent of all their time on tasks that are Important/Urgent to NOT urgent and twenty percent of their time on tasks that fall intorepparttar 148426 Not Important/Not Urgent at all area. In other words they determine what daily tasks are important by lining them up with their priorities. Then they will spendrepparttar 148427 majority of their time focusing on those tasks at hand and less time on less significant areas. Researchers have also studiedrepparttar 148428 behaviors of Americans, and in contrast they have foundrepparttar 148429 opposite thinking holds true. Americans spend eighty percent of their time inrepparttar 148430 Urgent/ NOT so important issues and twenty percent of their time inrepparttar 148431 important areas. In other words, we spend most of our time on urgent things that donít necessarily line up with our priorities and take up a lot or most of our time and emotional energy.

Loving People in spite of it all!

Written by Greg Ryan

Beforerepparttar movie ďFinding NemoĒ, came out Steve Jobsrepparttar 148411 founder ofrepparttar 148412 Apple Computer company spent millions of dollars promoting it. Before a major push on merchandise Nike will sign a multi-million dollar contract with some sports star. Sometime soon you will see a major player inrepparttar 148413 clothing industry hire a celebrity to promote their product beforerepparttar 148414 holiday rush. These companies think they have it figured out. How do they attract you torepparttar 148415 product or service they are selling? The packaging!!

Millions of dollars are spent on researching and packaging many products and services even before they hitrepparttar 148416 shelves. If they can entice you enough, then they have a better chance to hook you into owning it. Many of us getrepparttar 148417 product home and when we open it up and it doesnít matchrepparttar 148418 expectationsrepparttar 148419 outside ofrepparttar 148420 box conveyed to us. Then in a short period of time we lose our interest become disappointed and put it on a shelf only to go try and find another to fore fill our desires.

Letís say you have a child and they disobey you. Do you put them on a shelf and go have another or borrow one fromrepparttar 148421 neighbor. No. You still value them, accept them and love them. You accept them in spite of their behavior and actions atrepparttar 148422 time. But why donít we take that same type of thinking with adults we know? It doesnít matter; friends, dating or married many times we loverepparttar 148423 other person because of what they originally brought torepparttar 148424 relationship (the packaging,repparttar 148425 hype). However, once we get to know that person we realize that they have some things that donít line up with our expectations of them or remind us of a past relationship that went sour. They donít fit in our packaged box anymore. We even try to mold them to fit, and when they donít we put them on an emotional shelf with an expiration date. Inrepparttar 148426 beginning we loved to be aroundrepparttar 148427 other person more and were attracted to them because of who there were not in spite of who they are.

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