Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

Mar 27, 2023

"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

This is a famous quote from Stephen Covey that can change your life when you start to live by it.

In the areas of my life that have been going really well, time and time again, it’s because I kept the focus on what mattered most.

With my husband and kids, that is our strong relationship and connection.

With my boundaries, it’s not working evenings and weekends so I have space for my family and my personal time.

With my clients, it’s being fully present in our sessions (and taking care of my energy so that I can be present).

Where things didn’t go as I had hoped or I got a bit off-track in my work or rest of life, I see now that my attention was not as consistent.

Of course, there will always be more than just the main thing or one thing.

But when you are crystal clear on what matters MOST.

When you let that guide your daily priorities and choices.

When you go all in by putting your time, attention and energy into THAT (the main thing).

Tremendous progress and change can happen in your professional and personal life.

In Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (a classic), he asks two powerful questions that I will pose to you today:

  • What is one thing you could do (something you aren't doing now) that, if you did it on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your personal life?
  • What is one thing you could do (something you aren't doing now) that, if you did it on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your professional life?
    These are two questions that can change your life because they help you see where to put your energy and attention on what matters MOST.

I would love to hear what you come up with, so hit reply and let me know!

Be bold. Life is too short to settle.

What Next?

If you'd like to have more time, energy and presence for what really matters to you in your work and personal life.

If you want to step out of feeling constantly overwhelmed, exhausted and sacrificing the things that matter to you the most.

If you want to make the shift to keeping the MAIN thing the MAIN thing in all the important areas of your life.

Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to support you in the way that works best for you!

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Stacey L. Olson is a Leadership and Certified Positive Psychology Coach, has 15 years of corporate experience and has gone through her own transformational change from burning out to balanced in life while performing at a high level (both in her corporate career and own business). She works with professionals who want to work less, live more and be their best even with all the demands, high expectations and messiness of everyday life. Stacey is the founder of The Balanced Leader™ program and offers executive and leadership coaching, workshops, and speaking. 


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