You Can’t Have It All — Learn to Prioritize

“Don’t set your heart on so many things,” says Epictetus. Prioritize. Train your mind to ask: Do I need this thing? What will happen if I do not get it? What if it all happens all at once?

We think we want to have it all, but if we actually got it all what would happen is this: We’d be overwhelmed. We’d do less than our best. We’d miss out on excelling and enjoying the truly important things.

So examine your priorities today. What is the highest? What is the lowest? Which can be jettisoned entirely? The answers to these questions will help you focus, help you cut out all the needless things that make you busy—too busy to be balanced or happy or excellent.

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