Gyms and Fitness Clubs

Identifying Priorities That Matter


I do a lot of reading in the area of leadership because I feel it is my God-given gift. I have read countless books in this area. Without a doubt my favorite author is John Maxwell. He is an amazing writer and really knows how to get his point across. In his book Leadership 101, John says that "The discipline to prioritize and the ability to work toward a stated goal are essential to a leader's success."

Now, I know we are not talking about leadership in this book, but the principle remains the same-you must look at exercise as a priority in your life if you want to be successful.

Maybe you need to think about it a different way. Rather than just thinking exercise should be a priority, look at it as your health being a priority. As I mentioned before, many people in society today take their health for granted. People are so accustomed to waking up in the morning and not thinking twice about the breath of air they just took. I am guilty of it myself. It's not until you become sick or injured that you realize how lucky you are to be healthy.

You've probably heard of people who you thought were healthy die unexpectedly from a heart attack. It's not until later you find out their death wasn't unexpected at all. Silently over the years their eating habits or lack of consistent exercise contributed to the build-up of plaque in their arteries, ultimately leading to the attack.

You don't have to feel sick to be sick. Many diseases develop without our knowledge. Don't let yourself go down without out a fight. Make time for the improvement of your health.

German poet and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gives all of us a concept to consider when he says, "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least."

What are the things that matter most in your life? What are your priorities? Your family and friends, your spiritual life, maybe it is your career or your health? The choice is yours.

Most adults have between six and twelve priorities. With that many priorities, how do you know what to put first? Making your health a priority will make all the other things you cherish more enjoyable and lasting.