This will be short and sweet!
In the parable, The Big Rocks of Life, Dr. Steven Covey discusses “blocking” out your life. While this may seem a bit rigid for some, it is a great way to ensure that your changing goals are accounted for. Likewise, it is a great way to ensure you are touching every aspect of your life that you want to.
One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either.
As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.
When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.
Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”
“No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good!” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”
“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”
What are the big rocks in your life? A project that you want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these Big Rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.
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You see, if we do not consider the “big rocks of life” first, than we will never have time for them.
For some the biggest rock is family, for others it is their spiritual journey, and yet for others it might be their physical health.
Regardless of what the biggest rocks in your life are; be sure to include them. Do not be afraid of them! This is where I struggle the most. Sometimes if the rock is too big, I tend to ignore it. This is not good! So, I challenge you to join me in making sure that the big rocks get in the jar!
What are some of the big rocks you need to include?
Do you have different jars and big rocks for each or do you have just one jar and everything gets thrown in?
We would love to hear your answers below!