PUSH – Priorities

I decided to pick up Chalene Johnson’s new book PUSH and I’m glad I did. I may have a jump on others on goal setting with my nifty little spreadsheet. I may know how to set short-term and long-term goals. I may know how to set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and have a time frame attached to them but lately in my life I’m feeling generally lost. It may be the fact that I have a crazy amount of projects always on the go, the fact that I’ve reached a new life stage getting married this summer or the fact that I am a jill of all trades. All in all, I’m feeling lost so I decided to see if her book can put me back on track.

The first chapter is all about setting Priorities. It’s a 30 day way to change your habits and move you to the life you want and deserve. There may be things about getting that body that you want and deserve but she explains the fact that you need a firm foundation to make any sort of change in your life. I got goosebumps reading the foreword and working through the Day 1 Chapter. I need to put things on paper for Today’s Homework so I’ve decided I’ll make it very transparent (as possible) and share on my blog.

Here are all my “priorities” in no particular order (that’s to come):

career, family, friends, health, fitness, faith


My number one priority: Family & Friends

My number two priority: Career

My number three priority: Fitness

Faith is an intrinsic priority to me. I have a goal this year of talking to God more but that’s something that is always in my life that I don’t need to drastically change or monitor or create a path for in my life. I decided to leave health off the list because taking care of myself and making sure I’m “healthy” is a lifestyle change I’ve already made. I separate my health from body appearance or career minded fitness goals as they may go hand in hand from working out but are very different in my head.

The reason why I have placed the greatest importance on my family and friends in my life is that without them and our relationships I wouldn’t have the support system that exists in my life and I will never take that for granted.

The book asks you to answer several questions before coming up with a priority statement so here goes nothing…

I will honour my family and friends by doing my best to never take them for granted to my career or my fitness goals.

If I choose a career path or a fitness goal that would jeopardize my relationship with my family or friends that would be inconsistent with my commitment to them.

To honour my number one priority I will limit projects I take on that would disappoint or take me away from them for a prolonged period of time.

To honour my number one priority I need to change how many projects I take on at one time.

My Top Priority Statement:

My number one priority is to never let my pursuit of career or fitness opportunities come in between my relationship with my family or friends. I will always work on being supportive, loving, caring, attentive and present in every moment with them. I will choose only opportunities that would make them proud and never pursue too many projects that would take me away from them for a prolonged period of time.


2 thoughts on “PUSH – Priorities

  1. Hey Robin,
    Only bc you know i went through this last year, with what i believe was amazing success i thought i would share my priorities (from 2011 – although they are the same this year)

    In order:
    1. fitness
    2. family and friends

    I made fitness fiirst bc i’ve found itimpacts my others – my “push” priority. If i’m working out, i’m happy and that translates to all other areas including my relationships, and when i’m at the gym, i’m not walking Queen st.

    Having these priorities really helped me throughout the year when making any sort of decisions, especially ones i wasn’t sure about – i brought my choices through the lense of these priorities – does my choice support my fitness, family, or finances and it really helped to guide me.

    So excited to go throguh this journey with you!

  2. Thanks Lady for sharing! We gotta get you spelling my name with a Y though 🙂 I hear you on the fitness being a priority. For me my workouts are so intrinsic now that “fitness” for me are all my modelling/writing/fitness career oriented priorities. I’m glad the process worked for you. Excited to go through it! 🙂

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