HAVE you ever wanted to start on something new, but you don’t? Have you ever promised yourself to kick a bad habit but found yourself doing it even more?

Some people tend to wait for something to happen before taking action. For instance, when an e-mail arrives, people usually ignore it even though it may be an important assignment or a business opportunity.

The stakes are significant if the issue concerns your personal lives or careers. If you want to spend your time on more meaningful tasks, you need to create a path for yourself. If you want to control your future and decide the direction of your life, then setting your personal priorities is of primary importance. Be clear about what’s important and what’s not.

Everyone faces the problem of procrastination. You consciously or unconsciously avoid accomplishing a task or project.

All of us have a different set of priorities. When you give something or someone priority, it implies that you place it before everything else, with respect to time and importance. For example, your family and career are your top priorities because they are what you treasure and value most.

For others who are beset with financial difficulties, the utmost priority is to explore ways to eliminate debts. Situations happen and change in many ways but one thing is clear: you will find ways to support your core values and deepest desires.

How do you know what is important when you are prioritising? Life is short, and you need to maximise your time to do the things you love and are passionate about.

All aspects of life — physical, financial, social, career and even spiritual needs — must be considered when setting your priorities.

As motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said: “Your ability to achieve success in life is rarely a matter of your capability, but your motivation.” If you are motivated to take action and set your personal priorities, then you overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Identify your priorities

* Set goals

By identifying what you want to achieve at the end of the day, you know exactly where to divert your efforts and attention. Goals prevent you from being easily distracted and drifting away from what you want to achieve.

When you have clear goals and personal priorities, you are able to constantly review your plans and adjust them to reflect your changing priorities and experience.

* Establish personal reminders

When you wake up every morning, look at yourself in the mirror. Think positive thoughts to compel you to take action. They are personal reminders of what you want to be and what you want to achieve on that day.

* State your intentions

Your intention could be to find joy in your work, to keep yourself open to any opportunities that are likely to take you towards your dreams, or even just to be grateful for what you have and who you are right now.

Monitor your progress

* Watch your energy levels

Everything, including your thoughts, has an energy frequency. It is always important to have high energy levels so you can take positive steps to achieve your goals for the day. You should also find effective ways to recharge.

* Beware of self-sabotage

Sometimes you are your worst enemy. To succeed in life, you have to change certain behaviours when progressing towards your goals and getting your priorities right.

To do this, you have to make a commitment to banish your negative thoughts and desires, and move forward with fresh intentions. Remind yourself that regressing to former negative habits upsets your new priorities and hinders your development and success in life.