Breathe And Prioritize

Slow down. Take a deep breath. Prioritize. Follow through. Repeat.

Busy is not the same as productive. Doing a lot of activities does not mean that we are actually accomplishing anything worthwhile. It is far better to do less, better than it is to do more, poorly.

Priorities, by definition, should be limited in number. They are the essential few things which must be accomplished in order for all other things in our lives to function and progress. In order to have and follow through on true priorities, we are required to deny other tasks, and even other peoples’ priorities, a place at the top of our agenda.

The only way to truly prioritize is to slow down and take an honest look at our lives, determining which few things, people, and goals are genuinely important to us. Anything and everything else is inessential and therefore cannot, by definition, be a priority. All too often, when it comes to prioritizing our time towards that which is most necessary, we are our own worst enemies, fearful of what will happen and what others will think of us if we do not make everything and everyone else a priority, and that is why we must take time to breathe.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.

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