Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Vote With Your Feet

So Presidents' Day yesterday celebrated all of those whom we have elected here in the United States to lead our nation. It also was the date of the Grammy awards and countless mattress sales across the country. Why mattresses?

Anyway, when thinking about topics to write about this week, I remembered a phrase from an old boss of mine: "You vote with your feet." I have a quote up in my office with a similar message from Gandhi: "Action expresses priorities."

What Would You Like to Do?

You know what you want to accomplish. You have that list of activities and achievements locked away somewhere in your brain. You might call it a bucket list or maybe your goals or resolutions.

Regardless of what you call it, you have things you would like to do and accomplish. And, if you are being honest with yourself, you have not made as much progress towards them as you would like.

What Are You Doing Instead?

So if you have not been checking items off the goal list like crazy, what have you been spending your time on? Maybe you have finally caught up on all that important binge-television. Maybe you finally beat that video game you have been battling. Perhaps you didn't even check those accomplishments off your list.

Whatever you are spending your time on, take a moment to realize that you have made a conscious decision to place that activity highest on your priority list. "But last week's Blacklist can't be my highest priority!" you might protest. Still, you chose to spend time watching it instead of doing something off your goal list.

So How Will You Vote?

No, I'm not asking you to reveal your political leanings in the November elections. Instead, I'm just asking you how you are spending your time today.

Take a moment and be conscious about how you want to spend your time and then spend it that way.

Take action towards your priorities.

Vote with your feet.