Behavior Prioritization

One way of doing things is to prioritize goals, but as reality gets in the way, the prayer prioritization may have a hard time lasting, or even if this prioritization lasts, it’s not goals that need to be prioritized. It is actions. One bulletproof way of prioritizing actions is to make them automatic. This is sometimes called habituation. A habit is nothing more than an automated behavior. Once you have taken the important things that need to be done in your life and automated them by habituating them, the next step is to prioritize these behaviors. Since these behaviors are automatic now as habits, they are a much better predictor of outcomes than goals, wishes, desires, plans, or dreams.

Of course, if these behaviors were not derived from a realistic, achievable, strongly desired identity, then they would not matter much. For what is the point of getting really good at the thing that does not lead you to where you want to go? And it is often the case that people spend years in this manner. Everything still boils down to identity. Now, if you do not believe that you have free will, you don’t have to bother with the exercise because your identity will be whatever it is and not what you desire because you don’t really get a vote. Of course, it is possible to have unreasonable dreams that require assets that you have no hope of ever obtaining. But then again, how would you know this unless you tried? And you might have to try a lot. Most dreams are big and hard to achieve and, therefore, not automatically delivered.

It still boils down to behavior prioritization because you need to empirically determine what your reality is, and if you just think about it and never behave that way, then you can never know. In fact, you may even create a large set of reasons why it is absolutely impossible and an absurd dream. But how can you tell the difference between what other people’s dreams for you are and what your own dreams are until you do some experiments? This is called the scientific method. You might grow up in a situation where certain outcomes were deemed to be atrocious and, therefore, not worth pursuing. There are many who pursued the dreams that their parents planted in them and achieved them only to find that was not what they wanted to do. Can you imagine spending a decade of your life and $1 million to get someone else’s dream?

That million dollars does not have to be an actual cash outlay; it could be an opportunity cost for being a student for 10 years and earning nothing. The easy-to-say yet difficult-to-pursue prioritization of behaviors is conceptually quite simple. It is clear that anything wonderful requires a lot of effort, and this seems to imply a behavior that is repeated over and over again to begin to approach some level of mastery. Only you can tell if you are progressing at a rate consistent with your desired outcome. Others could discourage you and say you have no talent in this direction. Others can still encourage you to go for it because you show a lot of promise. Ultimately, it is up to you. You can factor all of these inputs into your own decision-making, and if everyone says something is a bad idea with not a single person saying it’s a good idea, then there’s a pretty good chance that this is true, except for the fact that all inventions and creations are resisted until they get a lot closer to being realized when they begin.

Perhaps behavior prioritization requires dream prioritization. But if you only have a single dream, then you don’t have to worry about prioritizing it because it pokes its head up over and over again, year in and year out. If there are some behaviors you find yourself engaged in unconsciously and often, which are not destructive, this is probably an indication that you should be doing something based on these behaviors.

This simple phrase, behavior prioritization, can turn out to be an important key to life; take a look at it.

It is much easier to live a single life than a double life. Will you spend all of your time doing one thing and the time you were doing that thinking about something else? Could you imagine if what you were thinking about and what you were doing were in alignment? This is the key to behavior prioritization. Investing a lot of energy in a direction that you really want to go. is an excellent life as long as it is sustainable and not destructive to others or to yourself. Of course, there are some people who are paid to be destructive, so lessons may not apply to them, but it does apply to most creative outliers of my acquaintance. 

A focus on behavior is a focus on reality because it is only your behavior that produces results. If your behavior is just dreaming and thinking, the results you achieve will be dreams and thoughts. If you want something to actually happen in the world, you’re gonna have to make it happen. Or you’re going to have to find some stakeholders who you can convince to make it happen for you or with you. But if nobody is working on it, including you, it’s not happening. Unfortunately, this is why most goals are not achieved: there isn’t anybody working on them enough to get anywhere.

Take some time to determine which behaviors are your priority and if it is not clear, this means you really do not know what you should be spending your time on. Until you get to the point when you ask yourself the question, what is my priority in terms of identity and the behaviors derived from that identity and you don’t really know what you’re doing and this may be fine not everyone does. But if you were driven to actually get s, then you were going to actually have to prioritize it, and that means letting go of other things.