Have you ever reached the end of the day and wondered, “Why am I not making progress on what I care about most?” If you are like me, this curiosity quickly turns to frustration. Frustration is the “feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.”
The difference between the values you embrace and the life you live equals the frustration you experience.* ~Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of Life.Church
That explains that nagging feeling that things aren’t quite aligned correctly. Sometimes it feels like we can’t change or achieve…anything! Thankfully, this isn’t entirely true. Most of us have a general idea of our values** which are our principles, standards of behavior, and people/things we deem important in life. We can reduce frustration and increase our quality of life when we make time to pursue our values daily.
Groeschel won’t even take meetings until his most important deliverable (Saturday night’s sermon) is finished. At first, we might think, “He is a pastor, shouldn’t everyone else come first?” Groeschel might argue, “How can I put everyone first, if I am rushing the teaching that reaches almost 100,000 attendees each weekend?”
For Groeschel, it is simple, “schedule your values” or “invest your best in what matters most.” He suggests, reserving time on the calendar and adhering strictly to (even fabricated) deadlines. This keeps us focused with a sense of urgency for habits deemed worthy and activities that move us toward what is most important. Allowing our values to be prioritized reduces frustration and allows us change or achieve something…anything!
*Craig Groeschel’s Leadership Podcast: It’s About Time, Part 1
**If you would like to take identify your values and learn more about how they relate to life purpose, request more information about the “Values to Purpose Assessments.”