Imagine a bucket and a pile of rocks. Some of the rocks are big, some of the rocks are small, and some of the rocks are so small they are like sand.
What’s the best strategy for fitting all the rocks in the bucket?
If you put the small rocks in first, you don’t have room for the big rocks.
But if you put the big rocks in first, the small rocks flow around the big rocks and all the rocks fit in the bucket.
The bucket is your life. The big rocks are the most important things in your life, family, dreams, goals, friends, etc.
The tiny, sand-like rocks are the trivial things that are not important at all.
Covey is pointing out that many of us put the tiny rocks in first. We let the trivialities of life get in the way of achieving our big goals.
The ONLY way to achieve your big goals is to put them in the bucket FIRST. Make them a priority. Carve out time on your calendar and put them in FIRST.
Everything else needs to wait, until you’ve dedicated time to those goals every day.
For example, if starting an online business and achieving financial freedom is a goal, then you need to carve out time NOW to make sure it happens.
If you don’t it will NEVER happen. The million-and-one little grains of sand will ALWAYS fill your bucket first.
If you say that something is a priority, but don’t put it in the bucket first, well, You’re lying to yourself. Plain and simple.
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