What is the most important thing in your life? If you and I were face to face right now and I asked you that question, you'd probably promptly reply with "my family" or "my children" or "my spouse."
But are you actually living that way? We say our family and relationships are most important, but our values are demonstrated not by our words, but by our deeds--not by what we say, but what we do. I have found if you want to know what someone really values most, simply look at their calendar and their checkbook. How a person spends their time and money reveals what they really value most. Well, no more lip service. It's time to make the main thing in your life actually the main thing.
When we interviewed Zig Ziglar (SUCCESS, October 2008) and asked him what the greatest secret to his success was, he responded, "I made sure I had a home court advantage. Because what happens at home has a dramatic impact on what you're going to be able to do out in the public. So I'll always put my family first. If things at home are good, you have a better chance of being successful out in the world. If you're worried about what's happening at home, I guarantee you, you're not going to be quite as effective out in the world." So, putting your family first bolsters your ability to succeed outside the home.
Why do we work so hard? Why do we want to succeed? Often, our greatest, innermost motivation is rooted in wanting to provide for and contribute to our family, to deliver security and comfort, to open up opportunities...